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North Schell PeakElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking6.20 Miles 2,852 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   1.95 mph
2,852 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
 
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This was my 3rd hike(out of 6) on an 8 day road trip to bag some peaks that had been on my radar screen. North Schell is an ultraprominent peak, which was why it was on my to-do list.

The first 1.75 miles or so was on a pretty decent trail that mostly went alongside a drainage/wash/gully/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. I lost the trail for a bit coming out of the drainage, but then picked it back up. At this point I was on the west side of a ridgeline, and the route called for leaving the trail and heading east up to the ridgeline.

This was a steep ascent up a talus slope to the ridgeline -- I'd say it gained 800-900 feet in elevation over about 3/4 mile. I was mostly walking on loose, irregularly shaped rocks, which isn't exactly my cup of tea. The sun had come over the ridgeline and I was looking directly into the sun on the way up, so I was able to look very far ahead.

I plodded through it and managed to make the ridgeline. From there it was an easy, relatively flat walk to just below the summit, where there was a bit of class 2 rock scrambling to get to the summit. The views were nice, although it was hazy that day.

I went back to the TH the same way that I came up. The talus was a little better going down than going up,

I did not see anyone else out there -- I doubt if this one is hiked too often, so if you like solitude you'll most likely find it on this hike.

This is not among one of my favorite hikes, and while I am glad that I did it, I don't think that I will repeat this one.
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