Ascent of Fagin Mountain on 2013-10-10

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, October 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fagin Mountain
    Elevation:9147 ft / 2788 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fagin Mountain is a long drive and short hike. I accessed the trailhead from Hwy 50 and the signed Three Bars gravel road that is west of Eureka a few miles. This is a great high speed road that goes due north. In about 10 miles from Hwy 50 take the left fork towards the Ferguson Ranch. At 16.5 miles from Hwy 50 I reached the Ferguson Ranch that is a working ranch but is little more than a double wide mobile home. Just before the ranch there is a lesser road that goes straight while the good road turns left into the ranch. I followed this lesser road about 1.5 miles where another road goes right and I turned onto this road, followed it over a small hill and then down into Ferguson Creek. The road here got worse the further I went. It crossed the creek a couple of times, passed some cows and in about 2.0 miles from the right turn passed a spring at the head of the valley. From the spring up to the saddle is about 0.9 mile and it gains about 900 ft. This is a steep narrow rocky 4WD road. When I got to the saddle at about 8,450 ft where I stopped at a barbed wire fence and gate and parked.

The hike is eastward straight up the fence line to the summit. The barb wire fence is broken in a couple places near the summit, so I didn't have to climb the fence. Instead I had to bushwhack the last couple hundred feet up to the top. Spitting snow on the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:655 ft / 200 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.7 km
    Route:West Side Jones Route
    Trailhead:8492 ft / 2588 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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