Southern Route

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Nevada, United States, North America
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Half a day
Class 1 hike, minor cross country

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Created On: Dec 11, 2003
Last Edited On: Aug 15, 2008


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Route Description

From Jefferson Summit Pass, walk north up the two-track toward an obvious small rock knob. An old fence line parallels the two-track but you can cross back and forth pretty much at will. Stay on the trail as it wiggles through the rocks at the knob, then descends slightly. The trail leads into a broad flat bench then simply peters out. Stay on a north bearing and charge up a steep sage hillside (about 400 feet of gain) to top out onto another broad bench. Some large cairns should be visible. If not, start hiking north toward a prominent "pointy" peak. You should definitely pick up some cairn/trail along the way. Jefferson's south summit is also visible as well.

Mt. Jefferson summit is above...The "Pointy Peak" as mentioned in the description. This is a good navigation device. The flattish summit of Mt Jefferson is also visible in the back. Photo By Dennis Poulin

The trail switchbacks up to a small saddle near this pointed peak. Stay on the trail as it traverses to the west of the ridge. Cross a scree section herein; this stretch of about 1,000 mostly horizontal feet is the only place where a slip could be trouble (especially if there is remnant snow). The trail then achieves another saddle just below the summit. Pay attention and you should see some cairns constructed among the rocky slabs. Make your way up these slabs, as the route hugs the east side of the summit, then curls around to its north. A short side trail leads to the huge, broad summit. A simple antenna structure sits on the summit, along with the benchmarks and a register; some windbreaks also help.

Total one way mileage is about 5 miles, and about 3,000 feet of gain.

Essential Gear

Long pants, comfortable clothing. Beware- it can be very windy.

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Southern Route

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