Ascent of Pueblo Mountain on 2015-02-25

Climber: Lane Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Pueblo Mountain
    Elevation:8632 ft / 2631 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started on the east side by driving up a mine access road that begins at N 42 07.688, W 118 36.012, about 11 miles north of Denio, Nevada, on Hwy 205. I drove up the road approximately 2,000 vertical feet, parking near the last big switchback. (High clearance essential for this road, and 4WD highly recommended.) From there I hiked straight up the slopes on the north side of the Oliver Creek drainage, on steep but easy terrain with bunch grass dominating. Closer to the high ridge there were rock slides and patches of dense brush and thorny bushes. I made the ridge near the north prominence, and hiked south about .4 mile to the actual summit. There was some snow and ice on the ground and the wind was severe at the summit, strong and very cold; but with good equipment I was fine. The views from there are wonderful. I signed the log, took a few photos, and headed back down, hiking back along the ridge about .2 mile and taking a more direct route down to intercept my uphill track at about 7,600 feet. There were cornices and long snow fields under the summit, and my route required me to make a short traverse on icy snow that was perfect for stomping good footholds. That route also enabled me to skirt almost all the rock slides and brush I fought on the way up. Overall, it was a steep and strenuous slog for a 70-year-old, but well worth the effort.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2542 ft / 774 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:East face (Oliver Creek area)
    Trailhead:Mine access road  6090 ft / 1856 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Overcast
Windy, cold, rain threatening
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 

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