Ascent of Mount Tobin on 2011-08-25

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Thursday, August 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Tobin
    Elevation:9775 ft / 2979 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed Adam Helman's instruction to approach Mt Tobin. They are to start in Winnemucca at the corner of Hansen and Grass Valley Rd. Hansen is a main road that goes south from Winnemucca Blvd in the middle of town and has a bridge over the railroad tracks. The first signal over the bridge is Grass Valley Road. Go west and then south on Grass Valley Road, it is paved for the first 17.6 miles and then is high speed gravel. At 46.6 miles turn left at an unsigned intersection and at 49.9 miles go through your first closed gate. At 50.6 miles another gate and an abandoned house on the left and at 50.7 miles another gate. At 51.2 miles take a left turn through an open gate into a pasture area with a private property sign. I drove through 2 more open gates and there were many cows that I had to ask to move off the road. At 51.7 I went through a closed gate and at 51.9 a creek was running down the road and I turned right. At 53.6 I turned left on a lesser road that goes up a steep slope and then took the right fork at the top of this slope. At 53.8 I merged with a better road coming from the left, at 54.1 at a left hand curve I merged with another road coming from the right and then went steeply up a hill. At 54.6 went through an open gate and was now on the southeast ridgeline heading for Mt Tobin. The road went steeply up and down the ridge with some "hood and sky" driving. At 56.7 I went through another open gate and then up a very steep hill that reminded me of the start of a roller coaster ride. At the top of this hill I turned right and then stopped at 57.2 on the top of point 8682 on the topo. the road continues as an ATV track, but I had pushed my luck far enough and the summit of Mt Tobin is plainly in sight and an easy hike away.

I hiked down the ATV track to the saddle and then followed it off to the right to where it ended at elevation 9,000 ft. Then I climbed the steep hillside up to the summit. I took a more direct route straight down to the saddle on my return. Either route works well with good footing through wildflowers, grasses, and short brush. Nice hike with great views. The register was in one of those annoying PVC tubes that the end is almost impossible to open. I had a glass jar with me, so I put the register inthe glass jar instead of sealing it in the PVC tube. I left the PVC tube on te summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1353 ft / 412 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Trailhead:8422 ft / 2567 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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