Ascent of Mount Grant on 2019-07-29

Climber: Brett Marciasini

Date:Monday, July 29, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Grant
    Elevation:11280 ft / 3438 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is one amazing mountain. Mt. Grant is massive. To get up there these days you need to get permission from the Army. The process is easy. You need to email

They will require you to fill out a background check and sign a waiver in advance. They will then give you a key to get past the locked gate. The entrance to the canyon is about 10 miles north of Hawthorne. The road is well graded and high clearance isn’t needed for most of it. There are some loose rocks in places that you would have to move off the road. The first 9 miles gain about 4000 feet without being that steep. It drives through a narrow canyon along Cottonwood Creek. There are patches of aspens and willows along the way and we were told that people have been seeing a mama bear with 2 cubs in the area lately. They did not make an appearance for us. Around mile 9, Cottonwood Canyon Rd continues on and rusted sign points to the left for Mt. Grant. You can see the massive mountain and the road snaking it’s way up. This is where it gets interesting. If you have a fear of heights, you may not want to drive much further. The next 6 miles spend most of the time driving a one lane road with a steep mountain going up one side and 300-600 foot drops immediately off the shoulder. There are very few places to turnaround and if you encountered another vehicle coming opposite directions, that could be very scary. Fortunately the access is controlled and we were the only ones out there. There is a big turnaround at the top right under the huge rock pile that makes up the summit.

Climbing to the high point requires some easy class 2 scrambling with maybe a hint of class 3 at the top. It took about 15 minutes to get up. The views are amazing with Walker Lake directly below. You can see peaks from Carson Pass all the way down past Yosemite. The eastern views were hazed up from the position of the sun.

The Summit register is in an old can missing its lid. The paper is ruined from the weather. If you are reading this, taking up a new register and jar would be great.

The drive up and down takes the better part of an hour each way. The top section I used 4x4 just to have better traction and piece of mind, but it probably wasn’t needed as the road is graded nicely. Just go slow. The lower section you can go 25-30 mph on most of it.

We saw 4 bighorn sheep rams down by the locked gate and lot of chukar and quail along the road.

I’m thinking next year to come back and do the Mt. Grant Challenge and really earn this badge.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Start Trailhead:11100 ft / 3383 m
Descent Statistics

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