Ascent of Middle Sister on 2014-05-10
|Others in Party:||BLMhikergirl Pipps|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, May 10, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||10854 ft / 3308 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe tried a new route which, as they sometimes do, ended up proving the wisdom of the traditional route.
The road to this trailhead was pretty good- one of our party took a Subaru Outback up there with no real issues.
We originally planned on taking Sheep Creek all the way to the ridge southwest of the summit, but upon continued brush, we decided to break for the southeast ridge. I'm not certain if staying in the drainage would have been better or worse, but the ridge was no picnic. It was steep and loose terrain getting to the ridge, then bushwhacking intermittently (at times quite bad) from there until about 500' below the summit.
On the way down, we stopped by the Lyon County (Nevada) high point, our primary target, which was easy to find.
From there, we attempted to descend the "standard" route, but misjudged the canyon, and had a challenging canyoneering experience with a couple nasty dry falls we had to work around. To add insult after injury, we were snowed upon, somewhat significantly, the last hour or so of the hike with an inch accumulation on the vehicles when we finally got back to them! Fortunately the snow held off until we were out of the challenging canyon or it could have gotten really ugly.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3374 ft / 1028 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3374 ft / 1028 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||6.9 mi / 11.1 km|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Gain on way in:||3154 ft / 961 m|
| Distance:||2.9 mi / 4.7 km|
| Route:||Southeast ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||Sheep Creek trailhead 7700 ft / 2346 m|
| Time:||5 Hours |
| Loss on way out:||3374 ft / 1028 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 3154 ft / 962 m; Extra: 220 ft / 67m|
| Gain on way out:||220 ft / 67 m|
| Distance:||4 mi / 6.4 km|
| Route:||Southeast ridge|
| End Trailhead:||Sheep Creek trailhead 7700 ft / 2346 m|
| Time:||4 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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