Nevada: Fall trip

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A November visit to Nevada has become a tradition.

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Thursday

I had some business in Boise on Thursday. Afterwards, I ended my afternoon at Tom's house, where Ruby and I hiked up Table Rock. I was appalled by the way they have hogged out the old quarry area, and now the top of the table. All for landscape stone for someone's idea of a pretty yard. This used to be a great place, and we used to come up here a lot when I was a rock-climbing youth. #!@&&$#

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From there, we hiked back to the saddle and climbed "The Nipple" (aka Warm Springs Point). That's Table Rock in the background. Notice how they have cleverly hidden the mess from Joe Average.

Sorry, no map.

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Friday

The next morning we were off at O-dark thirty, headed for Wells, Nevada and points south. Around noon, after wandering around on vague roads and two-tracks, we finally arrived at our destination in Butte Valley. We quickly set up the Sissy Wagon, turned on the refrigerator and hot water, and headed out for our first two peaks.

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There's Delcer Butte 6925. These things don't have names, so it's sort of up to you. I numbered them in the order we climbed them, so for me this is #1. Tom numbered them from south to north, so for him this is #3.

Why didn't we drive here? I like to walk. We had been driving for what seemed like forever. There didn't appear to be a flat camping spot. I didn't want to get stuck. Gee, I don't know.

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And over there is my Delcer Butte #2. I probably could have stitched the two photos together into a panorama with this one on the right. If that's confusing, consult the following map.

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No flat spot?.... well, it all looks flat from up here. Trailhead

Summit.

There Delcer #2 behind Ruby.

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Ruby admiring the Ruby range.

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Meanwhile, across the valley is the treed dome of West Buttes, South. Trailhead

Tom on the summit of Delcer #2.

Sorry about the camera tilt- I was trying to get my balance and take the shot before he moved.

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Looking back at our traverse from Delcer #1.

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Saturday

It got quite cold overnight, so we had frozen water lines in the Sissy Wagon. Consequently, we couldn't leave very early as John doesn't break camp before having his coffee.

But we eventually packed it all up and rolled across the valley floor on a faint two-track to access about this point. That's Delcer #3.

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And Delcer #4.

Again, see the map below for orientation. Or check the LOJ links at the top of the page.

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This time we didn't even bother walking the faint two-track. Instead, we just took off through the sage. Or rabbit brush. Some sort of low deserty plants.

Ruby loves this open country because she can see everywhere.

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After Delcer 3 and 4, we drove more two-track and the improved Butte Valley Road to arrive on this ridge about 1000' above the valley floor. We left the Sissy Wagon behind to work our way up West Buttes, South, with the summit on the right.

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Summit.

A brief note:I didn't take many useful photos of this area, but that doesn't mean there isn't lots to look at. In addition to a wide variety of plants, there are interesting rocks, some wildlife, and tons of views on the horizon. Just it's all so big a camera doesn't do it justice. At least not in my hands.

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We did sort of an open loop (see map below), ending up back at the Sissy Wagon just in time for cocktails and some light rock 'n roll. Trailhead
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Sunday

We had heard and seen a big black stallion yesterday afternoon, but this morning was a real treat. There were several horses in this band, but the big blond was super photogenic. The pic is a bit fuzzy because I was shooting toward the sun and with a fair amount of zoom. I guess you should have been there.

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Today's target, after we unfroze the water lines (a recurring theme because it was dipping into the teens at night), was the highpoint of the Dolly Varden range. After getting home I found that in addition to Dolly Varden the fish, the name was also used in a Dickens novel. One might assume that the scarcity of water in this area might point to Dickens as the source, but I really don't know.

In any case, you can drive to the mine on a pretty good road. So we did, despite the damn Check Engine light coming on on the truck. The road continues to the summit, but no longer rated as Good.

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This is looking straight down the valley climbed on the road. Trailhead
And the upper road. Trailhead
Summit. The red thingy in the rocks is the register. Trailhead
Great views up here!
This high valley looks intriguing, but probably not a good place for the Sissy Wagon.
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Instead of descending the road, we dropped down the ridge. Great view of the mine. Don't you want one in YOUR back yard? Trailhead
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We weren't far from Wendover, Utah, and Tom had read that you can get a hamburger there. It's on!

In the back of Wendover there are some spectacular hills. This little gem is Needle Point.

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The summit ridge, with Wendover and the salt flats in the background.

Note the late light. We made tracks for Wells, hoping to exit the freeway at a rest stop before Wells that would provide access to a couple peaks and yield a quiet place to camp. No go- the road was gated. So instead, we did something similar north of Wells.

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Monday

With the long nights, Tom has lots of time to find peaks of interest. Sure enough, the next morning we found this view toward Grassy Mountain.

The road winds around a bit, then turns to two-track. This time we did some low-range work trying not to rock the Sissy Wagon around too much. Only a little food fell out of the cupboards, so I guess we did okay.

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But now the clouds had moved in. Dang!

Well, we're here, so let's get going.

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Hi little feller!

Remember, that is NOT an antelope!

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Hi little girl!

That is not an antelope, either.

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As we got nearer, the hoped-for disappearance of the clouds was in process. Trailhead
Summit. Trailhead
Note the name of the benchmark. This is either USGS humor or bears further investigation, because we have climbed a peak nearby know as "Ellen D" Trailhead
Our second peak is the table on the left. Looks like the crux will be finding the actual highpoint on the table. Trailhead
Getting close. Trailhead
Looking back at Grassy Mountain from somewhere near the summit. It's around here somewhere, I swear! Trailhead

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Note: The GPS batteries died on our return. Although it's not shown on the map, we followed the road indicated.

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