Ascent of Miller Mountain on 2011-05-31
|Date:||Tuesday, May 31, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8729 ft / 2660 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMiller Mtn is a nice hike. I approached from NV Hwy 6. At the intersection of NV6 and NV 264 head west on Hwy 6 for 2.5 miles to a hard to see sandy road on the north side of the road. I drove by the road twice before I was going slow enough to actually make the turn down onto the road. Alternately the turn is 2.0 miles east of the Hwy 6 and Hwy 360 junction. Zero your odometer and drive 1.4 miles and go straight, and at 2.4 miles stop where the road ends at a wide wash, elevation 6,400 ft.
Hike up this unnamed wash. The footing is good and 90% of the wash is sandy gravel. This wash snakes up Miller Mtn by first going east, then north, then east, and then again north towards the summit. Always stay in the main wash, ignore the smaller branches. There are a couple of small dry waterfalls to climb up and some trees to climb around, but generally it is just a nice hike up the canyon. When you get to 7,600 ft leave the wash to the right and climb the south ridge of Miller Mtn through a forest of Pinyon Pines. It looks like th whole mountain was clear cut back in the 1880's for the nearby mining industry and the boom town associated with the mining. The stumps are still in place and continue to rot away. It takes a long time for the stumps to rot in the desert. I found that my GPS was handy in finding my way back down to the proper drainage for the hike out. The pine trees limit the visibility and all the drainages look similar. The views from the summit are good. There is an original upright wooden tripod on the summit used by surveyors to place the benchmark in 1950. Great views of thhe White Mountains especially Mt Montgomery and the High Sierra's behind the White's.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2321 ft / 707 m|
| Distance:||8.3 mi / 13.4 km|
| Route:||Southwest Wash|
| Trailhead:||6408 ft / 1953 m|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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