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Early April in Nevada–a great time for a desert hike. M. and I headed to Trinity Peak (7322 ft), the high point of the Trinity Range near Lovelock, NV.  In Nov. 1995, I had climbed Trinity from the south  with J. and R. and remembered a long, hard slog. So M. and I planned a route from the north, taking advantage of the mining highway to the Eagle Picher mine. The maintained pavement on NV Hwy 399 ends at the turnoff to the a newer mining area, but the road is still good after that. Unfortunately, the 4WD road that the topo maps show heading south from 399 toward Trinity apparently no longer exists, at least not near the old highway. So we had to take a cross-country route, eventually picking up just remnants of the old track. That meant climbs up several steep drainages and ridges, before coming out on the high plateau that extends eastward from Trinity Peak. The plateau is a lot longer and steeper than it looks, but at least it is open country with no bushwacking required. The views from Trinity Peak are great all around. We took a different drainage down, lucked out not to encounter any major dry falls, and found interesting rocks with bluish crystal coatings and a group of wild burros.  It was cold on top, hot on the way down, and a long, hard slog.


9.23 mi (4.17 mi uphill, 4.45 mi downhill, 0.53 mi flat)
2000 ft total ascent  – 15.3%  uphill grade, 15.4%  downhill grade
6:35:02 total time (5:02:51 moving, 1:32:11 stopped)
0:32:48 pace (1.8 mph average speed, 11.2 mph max speed)
29.3 difficulty, 51.1 effort

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