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Ascent of Garfield Hills High Point on 2021-01-16

Climber: Mihai Giurgiulescu

Others in Party:Gary Novotny
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, January 16, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Garfield Hills High Point
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:8085 ft / 2464 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving access: Use Gaudet's track to drive in, or ask for mine. The dirt road out of Mina is well graded and wide enough to have dump trucks using it, so you can fly at 40+ mph. Once you turn north near Garfield Flat however, you slow down immediately. The turnoff is not signed and easy to miss, so keep an eye out, especially if barreling through. Soon after the turn, the road splits - stay left. The road is rocky and bumpy as it climbs up into the hills, but not particularly difficult. High clearance is a must, 4WD or AWD helpful in a few spots. It's all about positioning the vehicle properly to get around or over rocks. Something shining about where the road turns into the canyon turned out to be a weather station, or some other scientific instrument. Kind of an odd location. It makes for a good landmark nonetheless, as the road improves past it as it enters the canyon and climbs to Bataan Mine. We parked above the mine, at a wide spot that's also good to turn a vehicle. The road continues past the mine, dropping into the next canyon before climbing again to the saddle that everyone references. However, we saw no benefit to driving this, as the condition of the road deteriorates the higher it goes. About half a mile from the mine, the road rears up abruptly, so steeply in fact that we were panting just walking it. Driving down this would definitely heat up the brake pads, even in first gear. I suppose that if you were in a rush and had an appropriate vehicle, driving to the saddle could be justified to minimize the time, otherwise the extra distance on foot goes fast.

Route: As we started walking at 14:30 mid-January, there was no time to waste since we didn't want to drive out the shitty lower section of the road in complete darkness. I was planning on staying on the road to the saddle and following Hensley's way from there. Before getting all the way up I noticed that the southern slopes of the first bump were gentle enough, so I launched on an ascending traverse that brought us to the saddle between the first and second bumps. We contoured around the second bump, on its south side as well, and dropped to the last saddle, beyond which the summit plateau looms. A solitary wild horse studied us with some curiosity from further downslope. A steep 300-ft climb from the last saddle landed us on the western 8000-contour; the high point of course is on the eastern 8000-contour, but the distance between the two is only a few hundred feet and the drop minimal. We summited at just past 15:30 and were on the way back in less than 10 minutes. We stayed the course around the bumps, adding gain in short uphill sections. As we were approaching the road we had come up on, I spotted a cutoff road that dropped steeply down into the canyon. It appeared abandoned, but still usable. We decided to take it, thus shaving off a bit of a distance and skipping one switchback on the main road. The rest of the walk went fast, and we were driving out while the sun was still above the hills to the west. It dipped below those hills while we were bumping along on the crappy road, but we made it to the graded road before civil twilight.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1520 ft / 462 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1520 ft / 463 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1340 ft / 408 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1175 ft / 358 m; Extra: 165 ft / 50m
    Loss on way in:165 ft / 50 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:NW Slopes/Mine Road
    Start Trailhead:Bataan Mine  6910 ft / 2106 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1355 ft / 413 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1175 ft / 358 m; Extra: 180 ft / 54m
    Gain on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Route:NW Slopes/Mine Road
    End Trailhead:Bataan Mine  6910 ft / 2106 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Western Nevada Prom 2021-01

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Ferguson2021-01-16 a2470 ft / 753 m
2Garfield Hills High Point2021-01-16 b1520 ft / 463 m
3San Antonio Mountains High Point2021-01-171910 ft / 582 m
Total Trip Gain: 5900 ft / 1798 m    Total Trip Loss: 5900 ft / 1798 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mihai Giurgiulescu
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