Ascent of Rawhide Mountain on 2012-03-23

Climber: Ken Jones

Others in Party:Dean Molen
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rawhide Mountain
    Elevation:9169 ft / 2794 m

Ascent Trip Report


You want Crystal Canyon road. This can be approached from:

Western approach:

About 0.25 miles east of milepost 42 on US Hwy 6 (between Saulsbury and Warm Springs Summits; there is a blue mailbox nearby on the south side of the road) turn north on a good gravel road. Follow the main track north, then northwest 9.0 miles to the junction with the Dean Spring road (unsigned) on your left. Continue 0.5 miles to the Crystal Canyon road on your left. Passenger cars should be able to get here in dry conditions.

Northern/Eastern approach:

On US Hwy 6 about 2.4 miles north of its junction with Nevada Hwy 375 find a dirt road with a cattle guard crossing a fence line. Zero your odometer, turn northwest onto this road and follow it, keeping left at a junction in 1.7 miles and right near Milk Spring at 3.6 miles. Pass a Wilderness Study Area sign on your right at 5.1 miles and keep right at 6.8 miles. At 7.1 miles find the Crystal Canyon road on your right. Passenger cars should be able to get here in dry conditions.

Either approach:

Turn north on the road up Crystal Canyon and rezero the odometer. Keep right at 1.2 miles (the left is the Dean Spring road, which may be an alternative approach - we did not scout it) to an unmapped junction at 2.2 miles. We parked here due to snow, but you could go right in dry conditions another ~0.3 miles to the saddle. At this point the road you want has a BLM "Route Closed" sign indicating no vehicular traffic any higher. You will have passed a number of Wilderness Study Area signs along the Crystal Canyon road, but as far as we could judge these require you to stay on the road - they do not close it to traffic. High clearance and perhaps 4WD is necessary to drive in Crystal Canyon.

Our trip:

We drove the Crystal Canyon road to a fork (unmapped, at the mapped switchback) at 7600'. We were blocked by snow above there.

We followed roads, mapped and unmapped, as shown on the accompanying GPS track to the west ridge at about 8250', then followed that ridge to the summit with minor class 2 scrambling in spots.

Careful hand level sighting confirmed earlier reports that the 9169' summit is slightly (but clearly) higher than the NE summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1569 ft / 478 m
    Route:Roads, then west ridge
    Trailhead:Crystal Canyon Rd fork  7600 ft / 2316 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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