Ascent of Kelly Creek Mountain on 2011-08-25
|Date:||Thursday, August 25, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Kelly Creek Mountain|
| Elevation:||8403 ft / 2561 m|
Ascent Trip ReportKelly Creek Mountain takes a half a day driving. From I-80, Exit 194 for Golconda, proceed to the north side of I-80 and go east on road 789 that is signed for Midas at 44 miles. Midas is a gold mine but is very near your destintation. At 15.6 miles the pavement ends at a 6 way intersection, make a right turn on the road signed for Midas still 31 miles away. At 41.1 miles there is a small unsigned fork going left from the main road. Drive through the ditch and go up this road. At 42.7 go through a barb wire gate, at 43.5 merge with another road coming from the right, and at 43.8 miles turn left towards the water tank. At 43.9 take the right fork and go up a steep rocky hill, at 44.3 miles take either fork, and at 45.2 miles reach another gate at about 6,900 ft. At 46.9 cross a cattle guard ann take the right fork, at 49.7 cross another cattle guard, and at 50.6 reach the bottom of a little valley elevation 6,100 ft where I took the left fork. At 50.8 cross a creek and then climb another steep rocky hill. At 54.0 take a right on a hard to see road that cuts backs more than 90 degrees to the right. At 54.9 I drove around a muddy puddle and at 55.5 I turned left onto a jeep trail. At 55.9 I passed Mud Lake on the left and at 57.4 I parked at elevation 8,162 ft at the base of a steep hill.
I hiked up the road to the summit from where I parked. At the top of the hill take the left fork, and go through or climb over another gate. Great views from the summit. I was the 4th visitor to sign the register in 12 years. There are cows grazing in the summit area, but they didn't bother me.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||245 ft / 75 m|
| Distance:||1.8 mi / 2.8 km|
| Route:||East Side Road|
| Trailhead:||8158 ft / 2486 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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