Ascent of Nickel Mountain on 2010-11-13

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Saturday, November 13, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nickel Mountain
    Elevation:3527 ft / 1075 m

Ascent Trip Report

I accessed Nickel Mtn from the southwest. From I-r I took Cow Creek Rd towards Riddle and continued west for about 11 miles to Doe Creek Rd. I turned right and crossed the railroad tracks and then drove about 4 miles up doe Creek. At this point I took the left fork going up stayed right at a couple of forks and in about 3 more miles reached a bermed end to the road on the northwest side of the old mining operation. This open pit mine was closed for good in 1989, but it still has gates and fences around the area. I parked and hiked over the berm to reach the perimeter road for the mine. I turned right, considered hiking directly up the forested slope to the high point, but I wanted to see more of the open pit mine. I follwed the road south and then raound a point before it turned north again towards the summit. This whole area has been mined. Near the summit, I had to leave the road and climb up 3 short levels of terraced mining activity. The summit itself has not been mined. There is a thin strip of native grass on the summit. From the summit the views are great, including to the west where there is a huge hole I would have had to get around somehow if I had climbed up the forestd slope. Nice hike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:650 ft / 199 m
    Elevation Loss:650 ft / 199 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:650 ft / 199 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.3 km
    Route:North Side
    Trailhead:2877 ft / 876 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:650 ft / 199 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.3 km
    Trailhead:2877 ft / 876 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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