Ascent of Mount Davidson on 2013-07-28

Climber: Eric Noel

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Davidson
    Elevation:7864 ft / 2396 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did this via the Ophir Grade. No signs forbidding access. Coming in from the S, the highway will top out in Virginia City. When the Comstock Lodge is on your right, turn left on a paved road. Mark 0.0. Go to 0.2 and turn L onto dirt. The road is generally good for the first mile but you want high clearance because it is rocky in spots. Ignore turnoffs at 0.5 and 0.7 and just stick with main road the whole way to saddle. At 3.6 stay on main road and ignore uphill R. At 3.7 reach a saddle and junction. Take the uprill R turn. The road gets steeper here but is no worse than the previous road. Continue up to a fork at 5.5 and go L and down. At 6.2 you'll see the triangle turns to the right towards the summit. The best option is to park or continue a little further and park at the saddle with Ophir Peak. I continued on which I strongly recommend against. The road from here is quite rocky and I put it in 4WDLo for this. Not worth it. I went up and over one bump and then parked at the next saddle. There are I think 4 bumps to go up and over to get to the summit bump. You could drag a car up over to the base of the summit bumps but you can probably walk about as fast and it's not worth the possible flat tire. Anyway, just walk from the Ophir Peak saddle and it is maybe a half or 3/4ths of a mile. Good trail after the road ends to the top with the flagpole. Obvious summit. Good views of town. Nice and easy peak. Kinda fun to see the town and the old historic stuff on the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:264 ft / 79 m
    Extra Gain:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Trailhead:Summit Road  7720 ft / 2353 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear

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