Ascent of Arc Dome on 2013-08-02
|Others in Party:||Pete Ellis|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, August 2, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||11773 ft / 3588 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTh 1417, summit 1722-42, th 1952
After our Mount Shasta ascent, we spend the afternoon and following morning driving into Nevada. Following Petter Bjorstad's directions we drive through Fallon via the 50, 361 and 844. Note that after the Berlin (Park) turnoff (N38.87514 W117.64699), the road via Ione to Reese River is good quality dirt road (just a small section paved). Beyond Ione, keep L at N38.9785 W117.4960. The road from the 50 at Austin south to Reese River is also dirt for much of its length (good quality, but longer - 25 miles) so if travelling from the west it probably makes sense to come via Ione as we did.
At Reese River we turn L at a junction then immediately R on Indian highway 2, at N38.99225 W117.47135. Shortly the paved road bends R at a fork then at N38.98600 W117.45873 we turn R onto a dirt road signposted Columbine Camp. There is shortly a dry creek bed, no problem in our 2WD; keep L immediately after, N38.98436 W117.45897. In half a mile is a spot which looks to be in danger of washing out but OK for us in August 2013. We continue following signs for Columbine Campground or Stewart Creek. 5 miles from the paved road is a creek crossing (N38.93535 W117.40719) with a firm stony bottom and max six inches of water. Gradients in and out are ok and our car had no trouble. The remaining 3 miles of dirt road are slightly worse but pretty good quality and no problem with careful driving. We are however unable to drive into the small campground loop road due to rocks and rutting. Fortunately we are able to turn and park the car near the small toilet block (N38.90035 W117.37674, 2616m).
We arrive just before 2 pm and after a quick lunch we start walking at 2.17 pm. Trail starts to R of toilet block and signboard N38.90011 W117.37671 and climbs through nice aspen trees (ignore a L, downhill fork), then bends R and passes through 2 open areas, then bends R and passes L of a small fenced meadow (cows when we were there), crosses a small creek N38.88166 W117.37589 and bends R (ignore L fork) traversing up onto a ridge then swinging L to follow the ridge, now in the general direction of Arc Dome (unseen). The good trail becomes an old jeep road. Nice views R to ranges of smaller peaks. Trail passes a R fork (TCT signs, Toiyabe Crest Trail) then makes two steeper ascents and swings L contouring round a wide plateau. Arc Dome now in view to R, looking very nice. We angle R cutting a corner although the distance saved isn't great and most folk will probably want to stay on the trail, which tops out on a shoulder at N38.85501 W117.35082, 3448m then descends nearly 190m (GPS) to a saddle at N38.84242 W117.34894 (small stonebuilt windshelter) before climbing in easy zigzags to a stony summit. Highest point is S side of circular stone shelter N38.83266 W117.35299 with a trig/BM/witness marker (Toyabe Dome 1 1955) some 5m to north, pointing at the circular shelter. The trig itself possibly missing, prised out by some miscreant: I note a suspicious looking hole in rock. Wheeler Peak two days later looks to be same story. The neighbour Ultra Jefferson (our target for tomorrow) is clearly visible just 23 miles to the east.
Gorgeous weather, a little high cloud, no hint of thunder, high 70s at trailhead and 50s at summit, all as per mountain forecast.com We're up in 3h05, spend 20 mins on top and descend in 2h10, 5h35 round trip, surprisingly quick as we weren't rushing. We optimise our shortcut route on the way back, although I extend the route by making the short detour to the north ridge summit, cairn and outcrop, N38.85746 W117.34854, 3475m P213m by GPS.
As we descend to the little meadow, the landscape is aglow with the westering sun; as we reach the trailhead the last rays are leaving the mountain slopes. A lovely evening hike timed to perfection!
We drive out to the creek crossing in the last of the daylight, paddle and have some food, then drive out a little way towards Austin, headed for Mount Jefferson, finishing the journey the following morning. The first 25 miles north from Reese River are good quality dirt road, then in another 10 miles we turn R onto the 722 at N39.44641 W117.21863 then R on 50 through Austin, a small town with motel, fuel and food.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3190 ft / 972 m|
| Distance:||11.2 mi / 18 km|
| Trailhead:||8583 ft / 2616 m|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 1|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Time Up:||3 Hours 5 Minutes|
| Time Down:||2 Hours 10 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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