Ascent of Snowflower Mountain on 2012-09-09
|Date:||Sunday, September 9, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||10243 ft / 3122 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTrails and trailheads on the topo map does not reflect the new trails that now exist in this area. One can get the new maps by googling Mount Rose Wilderness. Snowflower Mtn is on the Great Basin Peaks List.
I drove up Hwy 431 towards Mt. Rose summit and turned off north on Timberline Rd. to the Thomas Creek trailhead. Rather than park at the trailhead indicated on signs, I turned west up a dirt road that follows Thomas Creek upstream. In a high clearance vehicle, one can drive all the way 2.7 miles more to the alternate trailhead for Thomas Creek. Most passenger vehicles could probably make it to a four-way intersection, about 2.5 miles in, where the road to the trailhead continues down to the creek and crosses two creekbeds and rocky dirt road to a large turn-around area. A sign indicates where the trail is.
I followed the trail for about 5 miles to a ridgeline marked on the map I got online as 9780 ft. Here I left the trail and followed the ridge south for half a mile to the summit of Snowflower Peak (mistakenly called Sunflower Peak on some topo maps). There was the occasional use trail and ducks along the way. Nice view of Mt. Rose and the Sierras to the north. Cam back down the same way.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3143 ft / 958 m|
| Extra Gain:||50 ft / 15 m|
| Distance:||11 mi / 17.7 km|
| Route:||Thomas Creek trail and north ridge of peak|
| Trailhead:||Alternate Thomas Creek TH 7200 ft / 2194 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble|
| Time Up:||3 Hours 45 Minutes|
| Time Down:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
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