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Ascent of Little Hat Mountain on 2014-08-15

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, August 15, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Little Hat Mountain
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:7166 ft / 2184 m

Ascent Trip Report

A listed peak on the Great Basin Peak List. Little Hat Mtn stands out on the drive from Eagleville area, and is easy to spot from the summit of Eagle Peak. I got there by driving 3.5 miles east out of Eagleville on Road 38, then turning left onto Road 37 for 4.3 miles to a cattle guard. Road 37 is a well-graded dirt road. One could start the climb here, but just before the cattle guard is a 4WD road that heads SE. I went up this road about 0.6 miles and parked even though it was not quite headed for the peak. It saved me a quarter-mile of walking and a little elevation gain, but was hardly worth the effort.

I hiked NE to an obvious gully, and then headed east up the gully towards the peak. I left the gully just before it turned north and headed north up a slope towards a saddle between Little Hat Mtn and Point 6301. From here, I turned east and climbed a steep slope and through a few bands of volcanic rock onto the summit plateau. The high point is then a short, pleasant walk away. This peak has a nice view of the South Warner Mtns and the valley below. An enjoyable climb as long as one avoids the steeper volcanic slopes, which are quite loose.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2456 ft / 749 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:West gully route to NW slope
    Trailhead:4WD road off of Road 37  4750 ft / 1447 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 20 Minutes



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