Ascent of Big Bald Mountain on 2011-07-22

Climber: Brad Boester

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 22, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Bald Mountain
    Elevation:9303 ft / 2835 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed North Side to avoid mining activity in the area. Head east from Eureka NV on Highway 50 to the junction with Hwy 892. Turn north on paved 892 and drive for 35.6 miles to the junction with a gravel road signed for Barrick Bald Mountain Mine, turn right and follow this well graded gravel and dirt road with a couple left hand curves for 9.2 miles to another junction. Turn left (straight takes you to the mine property), head north on a wide, well graded dirt road, drive for 5.3 miles to a junction with a gravel road marked with a small BLM marker with "XP" on it, turn right. This is the Overland Pass road, follow this road for about 4.3 miles to a high clearance road off to the right at 40.00967N, 11560799W, elevation 6500ft. Take this road south for 2.5 miles to a 4wd road at 7100ft, 39.98251N,115.58765W. Head east along the north side of Big Bald Mtn, this road is a 2 track overgrown with grass and brush in many areas. In 1.25 miles at elevation 7650ft, leave the road and head south up the open slopes towards the summit antennas another 1.25 miles away. Summit registry in glass jar. Views reveal the extensive mining project between Big and Little Bald Mountains.
Roads to Overland Pass are suitable for low clearance vehicle.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2898 ft / 883 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2898 ft / 882 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2898 ft / 883 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2728 ft / 831 m; Extra: 170 ft / 51m
    Loss on way in:170 ft / 51 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:North Slopes
    Start Trailhead:Overland Pass Road  6575 ft / 2004 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2728 ft / 831 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:North Slopes
    End Trailhead:Overland Pass Road  6575 ft / 2004 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes

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