Ascent of Portuguese Mountain on 2013-09-14

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Others in Party:Dean Molen -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Portuguese Mountain
    Elevation:9240 ft / 2816 m

Ascent Trip Report

Portuguese required some navigating to get to the trailhead. We turned west off of Hwy 6 at an unsigned road near milepost 103 in Nye County. I'm not going to give detailed driving directions because it will probably change with the next rain. Our goal was to get to Little Ike Spring. We got pretty close before the road disappeared. On the drive into the spring we had to take a couple detours through the desert to bypass washouts in the road and I had to pull Dean's truck out of a ditch.

Once at our trailhead, we had a nice climb. My GPS track details our route. Much of the climb was on horse trails. We used a nice drainage to go from the trailhead to a small ridge to the east of point 7667. Then we crossed a saddle and climbed a steep rocky slope up to point 8310. Then it was mostly following more horse trails around the north side of the ridge to the summit.

When we reached the summit we got our first glimpse toward the west and we were not happy. There was a huge thunderstorm about 5 miles west and was heading our way. We didn't stay on the summit long because of the storm. We made a quick trip down and fortunately the storm moved southeast and missed us. However, another storm was on the summit by the time we got to our trucks. That storm chased us out of the canyon and back to Hwy 6. We felt lucky to have tagged Portuguese this day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2500 ft / 762 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.7 mi / 10.8 km
    Route:Little Ike Spring
    Trailhead:6740 ft / 2054 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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