I think my Civic managed to get above 5000 feet. Four hour and thirty minute hike up the road otherwise, accompanied by crickets, lizards, and a few birds of prey. Still some snow patches on northeast facing sides above 9500 feet.
Boy oh boy that 4 wheel drive road :0
#1 10-7-17 W/ Yadahzoe. From parking spot at @6,800'. Very windy last 1,000'.
Parked at 5700 in El Dorado canyon. RT took around 3 hours 40 minutes.
Started from 7,000 feet and was up on top in one hour and 22 minutes.
Did this on way to climb Success Couloir on Rainier.
There was bad weather for weeks in WA so Heather and I drove through OR, CA, NV, UT, and ID. We climbed 37 peaks in 19 days. We parked at the mining buildings and hiked Star during the day and Tobin later during that evening. It was our 7th day and very hot. Star was my 44th world ultra-prominence peak. trip report
I jeeped up the road almost all the way to the top; but I did hike the last stretch from the end of the 4WD road.
Straightforward trip up the service road. Bit of snow on the flat section of the road and on the summit ridge. Heavy winds above 9k made walking difficult for the last mile.
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parked way at the bottom a mile before the old buildingds in Eldorado Canyon. Long steep dirt road goes all the way up.
Drove up to about 7800' and hiked up the road the remaining 2000' to the summit. 23rd Ultra.
Nice hike via the road from El Dorado Canyon. I parked just above a saddle at 7300', which was pretty reasonable in my 4wd full size pickup. The road from there climbed a 40% grade, which is pretty freakin steep for a road, and my legs were burning within a minute. Still a couple snow patches up high.
I think I reached the summit, but in a whiteout with 5" of fresh snow on the ground. It's a nice-looking mountain, from what I saw the day before. Trip report.
I was able to drive to a sharp switchback at 7000 feet where I decided to park as the road was getting pretty steep and a little muddy. From here it was a quick roadhike up to 8700 feet then straight up the ridge to summit. From the valley floor it appeared there might be a lot of snow on the mountain, but once we were up on the mountain it became evident that very little snow remained.
Thanks to Bob Burd for the Ridge Traverse idea. After summiting Star did Van Zant and Thunder - with Thunder being the most fun with a little third class.
Drove to the old mining site in Eldorado Canyon and parked around 5800ft. Took the road most of the way and left it below the first obvious old tower... Cold and windy with minimal snow made for a quick summit shot with my pups before eating lunch elsewhere.
quick trip. drove up to about 7800ft. The road is in great shape but pretty darn steep. Good views and worth a hike if you happen to be driving down I-80 (or are a ultra bagger). Just a little bit of snow.
Any wimp can climb in good weather.
Nice scramble, first of a 9-day Nevada adventure. Trip report
Lots of snow, fun traverse from Star to Van Zant & Thunder with Matthew, Bill, and Mike. Trip Report
Lots of bugs in morning. fantastic views at summit.