Ascent of Porter Peak on 2011-08-22
|Others in Party:||Dean Molen -- Trip Report or GPS Track|
|Date:||Monday, August 22, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9268 ft / 2824 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTo find Porter Pk, go north on Hwy 225 from Elko, and then go west on Hwy 226 to where it ends at a Y intersection and the road turns to gravel. Turn left at the Y intersection and go 3.8 miles then turn north and go another 11.8 miles. There isn't anything to mark the turnoff to get to the trailhead but watch for a small forest service road on your right and turn onto it. This road is a little overgrown at first but goes directly towards the Bull Mtns and Rock Creek Cyn. As you enter the canyon you will pass 2 abandoned homes, one on each side of the road. Rumor has it they belonged to the Hatfields and McCoys at one time. We stayed on this main road up the canyon and then switchbacked up the steep mountainside to a saddle at about 8,300 ft elevation. This saddle is about 4.0 miles from the turn off that leads up Rock Creek Cyn.
We were unsure of the conditon of the road further on, so we parked and hiked the road south. As we got closer to the peak, we had to drop down to a saddle and then continued along the road to a left turn. We could see a slope up to another saddle west of the summit, so we left the road, found an old abandoned trail at the end of the ATV track and followed it up to the saddle. Once at the saddle it was an easy walk up to the high point. Nice views from the summit.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1267 ft / 386 m|
| Distance:||3.8 mi / 6.1 km|
| Route:||North Side|
| Trailhead:||8001 ft / 2438 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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