Ascent of Mount Davis-Southwest Slope on 2018-07-20

Climber: Keaton Reed

Date:Friday, July 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Davis-Southwest Slope
    Elevation:6360 ft / 1938 m

Ascent Trip Report

I drove in on the City of Rocks road toward Davis Mountain. This is remote territory. There were a lot of cows, and watering holes set up for the cows, but I was the only person out there. The road heading in is good for the most part, until it reaches the descent into the East Fork of Clover Creek. It gets rough from there on. After much abuse, I decided to park the car at Hobby Spring, which was still flowing, surprisingly. I could have kept driving, but it seemed like every turn provided me with another rocky patch of road to drive over, and I didn't want to do more damage than I had to. It turns out the road is good for another mile or so until it starts getting uncomfortably rough. The views to the south from this area are quite nice. It was a hazy day, unfortunately. From Hobby Spring I hiked up to the county high point, cutting across a very long switchback on the way up. That saves about 1.4 miles of travel if you take the short cut. The road gets really rough throughout this switchback and above it as well. I was getting roasted by the sun, and I was already a bit tired from my earlier outing, so I couldn't go very fast. I ran a few sections, and hiked a few more. The bushwhack over to the high point is not pleasant. A lot of sage.

I stayed on the road completely on the way back, because I wasn't sure if there would be rattlesnakes in the sage or not. I didn't see any, but since the sage was so thick and I couldn't see anything underneath, I didn't want to take too many chances.

I also wanted to check the road coming in from the Hill City road on the west side of Davis Mountain, and it turns out that road looks pretty bad too. get

I wanted to go up to Davis, but I ran out of time. I needed to be back in Twin Falls by 5, and it was already getting late. I'll have to save it for another day.

This area would be ideal for mountain biking.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1320 ft / 402 m
    Total Elevation Loss:350 ft / 106 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1320 ft / 402 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 970 ft / 296 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m
    Loss on way in:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Start Trailhead:5390 ft / 1642 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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