Ascent of Cleaver Peak on 2011-04-08
|Date:||Friday, April 8, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6711 ft / 2045 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI approached Cleaver Pk from Alt US 95 south of Fernley. About 25 miles south of Fernley at virtual mile post 25.3 there is a signed dirt road going east named Julian Ln. Turn east on this road and then take the left fork. 1.8 miles from the highway there is a lesser road going northeast from Julian Ln. This road is unsigned and is a little rocky but 2WD should be fine. Follow this lesser road for another 1.8 miles into a canyon and to where it ends at an old prspect area at a forked canyon at elevation 5250. The road looks like it continues up each fork, but each fork ends in about 100ft.
From the end of the road, Cleaver Pk is about 2 GPS miles straight up the right or east fork. You can actually get to the high point by going either direction. I was undecided how to proceed, so I half climbed up the ridge between the two drainages and then traversed to the north paralleling the right/east drainage. I should have just walked up the bottom of the drainage where the footing was better. The drainage ends at a saddle (elevation 5800)where you can see another drainage ahead that separates Cleaver Pk from Peak 6650. At this point I traversed along the slope on my left to another saddle near the 6041 elevation mark on the topo. At this saddle I was at the lower end of a basin that drains down to the main drainage to the right. I crossed to the upper end of this basin where I passed a water feature built by the BLM? for wildlife and then I came to another saddle at elevation 6100. Now I could plainly see that I had to cross the main drainage separating Peak 6650 from Cleaver Peak. I traversed for a while on the Peak 6650 side to minimize my elevation loss and then crossed the dry drainage and climbed the slope up to Cleaver Peak. Great views from Cleaver Peak. Instead of retracing my route with all the sidehill traversing, I crossed the drainage again and climbed up to Peak 6650 and then followed this wide easy walking ridge all the way down to where I was just above my truck on the ridge. I descended the steep slope all the way to the drainage bottom and then follwed it to my truck. Nice hike. If I were to climb Cleaver again from this direction, I would follow the east drainage up to the first saddle and then climb all the way up to the top of the wide ridge on the west.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1955 ft / 595 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.7 mi / 9.2 km|
| Route:||Southwest Canyon|
| Trailhead:||4756 ft / 1449 m|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country, Snow on Ground|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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