Ascent of Moody Peak on 2013-10-17

Climber: Dean Molen

Others in Party:Dennis Poulin -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, October 17, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Moody Peak
    Elevation:8883 ft / 2707 m

Ascent Trip Report

Found our way to Moody Spring which was the way John Vitz did this peak. Hiked up the drainage to the plateau that had the remains of what is shown on some maps as the "Collins Hotel". From there it is a 800' brushbash to the summit. The brush was some of the worst Dennis and I have encountered on a Nevada peak. We had some snow on the ground and it was cold. We found our way via roads that led up from US 6 and then exited to the north. A long drive on dirt roads but we saw at least 5 herds of wild horses on the way in. Wild horses visited us at Moody Spring as well and made some trails for us to use. We did see a road up near the Collins Hotel and a serious student of maps may find a way to save some elevation gain and a couple miles (four miles both ways)of hiking. We were summit visitors 3 and 4 in the past 8 years and when you include one other person who did it this year, the last visitor was in 2005. (John Vitz)

The following worked for us: (mileage not exact, trust your waypoints)
A few key waypoints (nad 27) on the road route from US 6 just after
Sandy Pass as you head east. A decent gravel road off of US 6 is found at (1) 38.5017 116.1450
Turn north and go roughly 6-7 miles to (2) 38.5709 116.1186
and turn right (north toward Summit Station)
Its about 20-22 or so miles to the next key turn at
(3) 38.8830 116.059 (heads east)
After about 6 miles (4) 38. 8899 116.9551 is reached, a rougher track that you headnorth on for 5 or 6 miles to the key waypoint
(5) 38.9656 115.9644
Go right and this rougher and sometimes rocky track takes you to Moody Spring at (6) 39.0003 115.9234
You will know you are there when you see the remains of a cabin on the left and the spring on the right. From there we followed horse trails up the drainage for a couple miles. On the map you will see the name "Collins Hotel". There is a grassy area near the remains of a structure and a jeep road leads right to this spot. A big tent was
pitched when we were there although we saw no one. Most likely hunters are there on weekends. From near the Collins Hotel area, we headed up through the vegetation to the summit. If you have pink ribbons, it'd be a good idea to mark your way to make your descent
easier. Its about 700 hundred feet of brush and wasn't fun. The summit has a benchmark, two witness markers and a glass jar register.

Want to get to US 50? It can be done. Study your maps and head north from the junction at (5) 38.9656 115.9644. Stay on the main track and eventually you will intersect a road that will lead you towards the highway. The last few miles are paved prior to reaching US 50. If you want to get to 9 Mile mountain, then a bit of map work is in order but may be added to this TR when I have the time.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1540 ft / 469 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Trailhead:7343 ft / 2238 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground

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