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Ascent of San Antonio Mountains High Point on 2021-01-17

Climber: Mihai Giurgiulescu

Others in Party:Gary Novotny
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 17, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:San Antonio Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:8520 ft / 2596 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driving access: Gaudet's track is spot on, or you can ask for mine. We stopped at about 6800 elevation and parked in the brush. One can get to that point with a high clearance vehicle, though the deep washout mentioned by Gaudet and others along the substation fence will certainly test the driver's skills. The washout is more difficult on the way out, as the south slope is steeper and sandier, so the crossing has to be planned carefully. We left a couple of flat slate slabs in one of the ruts to help with traction as you're going uphill on that slope. The minimum clearance you can get away with is that of a Subaru Outback, and even so you will scrape the front bumper. AWD or 4WD on the vehicle helps a lot at the wash crossing. Past where we stopped one can go maybe another quarter mile until the first miners shed. After this point the road is strictly high clearance 4WD, with one spot where a huge rock sticking out cannot be avoided. A truck or jeep adequately equipped will be able to drive above the San Antonio Mine and thus shave off about a mile of walking, but otherwise don't think about attempting this last section. It's faster to walk it anyway. Like others have mentioned, you want to get this peak done sooner rather than later as the condition of the road keeps deteriorating.

Route: I decided to follow Nuernberger's way up. We walked the road to the mine area, past a bunch of old dilapidated buildings including the one where whatever thing they were mining came out of the ground. The old shaft is now filled in, so there's nothing to explore if you're into that kind of stuff. The main road continues above the mine for a bit, then splits off into a bunch of smaller ones. We contoured around to the west side of elevation 7881 shown on the topo, then left the road where a steep gully heads up in an easterly direction. High above, the gully peters out onto the slopes of the mountain's northeast ridge. There was a little bit of lingering snow on these slopes, but easily avoidable. Terrain is nothing difficult here, just rocky and steep. We topped out at about 8200, then followed the ridge south to the summit plateau, which is clearly distinguishable to the southwest. After dropping to a shallow saddle, a 300-ft steep uphill lands you on the summit plateau, from where it's an easy walk to the high point. Views are expansive in all directions, allowing for identification of the Whites, the Toiyabe and Toquima ranges to the north, and countless other lower peaks all over. The solar farm looks otherworldly and out of place far below in Big Smoky Valley. The wind picked up as we were taking our break at the top, so we took shelter in the rocks below the southern lip. We retraced our steps back to the mining road, then back to the car. San Antonio is a typical Great Basin peak, lots of prominence but otherwise nothing spectacular about it. No reason to return unless you want to explore the mining area. We saw 6-7 structures in various stages of decay; I'm sure there's other equipment strewn about. Thinking we'd be the only ones there, we were surprised to find two guys with a truck and a dirt bike who camped at the mine, so it may be more popular than anticipated.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1910 ft / 581 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1910 ft / 581 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1800 ft / 548 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1700 ft / 518 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    Route:NE Ridge/San Antonio Mine
    Start Trailhead:San Antonio Mine Road  6820 ft / 2078 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1810 ft / 551 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1700 ft / 518 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Gain on way out:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:NE Ridge/San Antonio Mine
    End Trailhead:San Antonio Mine Road  6820 ft / 2078 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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