Pilot Peak, NV


Pilot is a P5K (peak with over 5000' of prominence) that has been on the list for too long. And we won't be doing this one twice.

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It was going to be a long drive after a long day. But I hadn't had a chance to visit with Michael for a while, so it was time well spent. It got dark somewhere around Wells, and was fully night when we arrived at Wendover.

Michael wasn't nearly as excited as I by the discounts for 55 Plus.



At first, our wandering around the desert in the dark went pretty well. We didn't really know where we were, but we seemed to be going in the right direction. When we found a jeep road, we stayed with that logic.

But the desert blooms sometimes, and at points we couldn't find the road under the thick growth of grass; it just disappeared. It was pretty silly, but we endured and parked a little after midnight, setting the tent up on the flattest (a relative term) area that we could find.

This is the next morning. With an abbreviated breakfast, we were going to meet our goal of wheels up at 6am.


After an hour or so of light bushwacking and tons of talus hopping, the sun was up out on the salt flats.

We were still in the shade, which was a good thing because we were already down to t-shirts.

Miners Peak close-up

More talus and the occasional fourth-class slab brought us this view.... is that the top?

Note that there were talus pathways around the slabs, if talus is your preference.

South Fork of the Salmon River
No, that was not the top. But after climbing the talus to the highpoint in the previous photo, we could now see some talus leading to the summit. We just need to follow the talus up this spur ridge to get to the main talus ridge. Ponderosa forest
As our spur talus ridge met up with the upper talus ridge, we were again hiking in the talus. Ponderosa forest

The upper ridge had a gap on it. This seemed to be one source of the talus, judging by all the loose rock.


As we neared the summit, people had found artistic ways to stack the talus.

Ponderosa forest


There was a light haze, but generally the views were awesome. It was about 65° with almost no wind. We both laughed at our big packs full of unused clothing.

I won't bore you with the descent pictures. But I will tell you we took a different way down, which seemed to all be talus. Because it was.

Upper ridge and lookout
To put this all in perspective, here's Nevada's tallest pile of talus. Upper ridge and lookout