Ascent of Donnelly Peak on 2021-04-18

Climber: Brett Marciasini

Others in Party:Scott Kelley
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 18, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Donnelly Peak
    Elevation:8533 ft / 2600 m

Ascent Trip Report

Getting to Donnelly Peak is a long journey. From Gerlach we took NV-34 north until it turns to graded dirt. Most of this is high speed and easy driving up until the turnoff to Barley Rd. There is a signed turnoff for High Rock Lake and kiosk on the right side of the road. This road is a typical Great Basin dirt road. After about 2.9 miles, high clearance is needed. We left the CRV at the top of the hill and consolidated into the Tacoma. It’s a bit rocky, but 4WD not needed, just some clearance. Once in the bottom, the road is pretty good again.

The roads turns into Razor Canyon Rd somewhere along the way and a left turn will be made around mile 8 to head up towards Donnelly. This road climbs a bit and there is a nice parking spot at the old miners cabin. We decided to walk from here, there was a snow bank blocking half the road a short ways past this. If you have driven to the cabin, you will have no issue driving to the end of the road where there is a nice turnaround and flat spot to camp. It wasn’t bad at all. The difference between hiking from the cabin and roads end is 1 mile each way and 800 feet of gain. Hiking from the top makes Donnelly a pretty easy hike.

The hike went across ankle high sage and some talus near the top. Lots of horses in the area and horse trails all over. Register located on summit. Beware of ticks, Scott picked up 5 of them somewhere along this route.

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2017 ft / 614 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2017 ft / 614 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.5 km
    Start Trailhead:Mining Cabin  6516 ft / 1986 m
    Time:1 Hours 8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:53 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Brett Marciasini
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