Ascent of Slumbering Hills High Point on 2011-04-22

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Friday, April 22, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Slumbering Hills High Point
    Elevation:6496 ft / 1979 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Slumbering Hills from the east. A couple months ago I tried to find a way in from the west, but got lost in the cow trails. From Winnemucca I got on Hwy 95 north and zeroed my odometer as I crossed the Truckee River leaving town. At mile 10.9 turn left on signed Sand Pass Road. Stay on this good main road as it passes over Sand pass and drops into the valley beyond. At mile 23.7 turn left and at mile 24.8 turn right still following the main road. At mile 32.0 reach the old Daveytown site and turn left, open and close the barb wire gate. At 33.9 stay straight and at 35.8 turn left (if you stay stright here, you can get up to Pickhandle Pass and you may be able to drive much closer to the peak from that direction). AT 37.0 I arrived at Sheepherder Spring and parked.

From the spring I hiked up the hill to the south and then followed the old road to a fence line for the Circle Bar ranch. I climbed over the gate and then left the road because it descended down into the drainage and I didn't want to give up the elevation I already gained. I headed cross country towards the ridge line to the south. I aimed for the low point on the ridge and once there, I found a nice gravel road. I followed the road to the west and then where the road met the road coming up from Pickhandle Pass, I turned left and followed the road out towards the high point. The road ends about 300 ft in elevation below the summit area. It was easy open country to get up to the high point with a few patches of snow. Great views from the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1617 ft / 492 m
    Distance:6.7 mi / 10.8 km
    Route:Sheepherder Spring
    Trailhead:4879 ft / 1487 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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