Ascent of Desatoya Peak on 2013-05-04

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Desatoya Peak
    Elevation:9973 ft / 3039 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed Bob Sumner's route description in his Nevada County High Points book. Description worked perfectly. Drove 0.2 miles to first turn past Basque summit to shorten hike route slightly, but could have driven my Jeep Cherokee 0.7 miles further along the road towards the peak. Beyond this is a steep, loose rocky section of jeep road along the fence line that will stop most 4WD SUVs.

The only addition I would add to Sumner's description is that there is a cow trail just beyond Point 9120 allows one to contour over to the main ridge, and save about 200 ft of gain. Follow the road past Point 9120 and just as the road veers right, away from Desatoya Peak, there are 2 cow trails about 15 feet apart leaving the road. The second, higher trail leads all the way to the saddle below Desatoya Pk. The first trail leads only half-way to the saddle and appears to end in a place cattle use as a dust bath or for sleeping.

Hiked over Sumner's bonus peak, the north summit of Desatoya, on way back.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2893 ft / 880 m
    Elevation Loss:2893 ft / 880 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2713 ft / 826 m
    Extra Loss:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:north ridge via Basque summit
    Trailhead:Basque summit area  7440 ft / 2267 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2713 ft / 826 m
    Extra Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:north ridge
    Trailhead:Basque summit area  7440 ft / 2267 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 55 Minutes

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