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Mount Jefferson, NV
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Mount Jefferson, NV 
Mount Jefferson, NV
 
Hiking9.16 Miles 3,269 AEG
Hiking9.16 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   1.83 mph
3,269 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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I finally got around to hiking up to Mount Jefferson (elevation of 11,941 feet and prominence of 5,861 feet), the highpoint of Nye County. Mount Jefferson is out in the middle of nowhere in central Nevada, in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Alta Toquima Wilderness Area.

We drove about 5 miles past the ghost town of Belmont, and then went on dirt roads through Meadow Canyon up to a saddle which is marked "Jefferson Summit" on topo maps. From "Jeff Summit", we then headed north on another road for about 0.6 miles where we camped for the night. You'd need a 4WD vehicle to get all the way to Jefferson Summit, although an AWD SUV could get within at least 1.5 miles of there.

We got up early the next morning and started the hike from where we camped. We could have easily driven another mile, but we didn't come all the way out there to go 4 wheelin'; we came to do a hike!

The first part of the hike was on a two track road, which eventually turned into a trail. It's not really an "official" trail, but it is well marked with cairns and is mostly easy to follow anyway. Toward the summit there is some talus, but much of the rock has been cleared off the trail, and I'd call it a class 1 hike all the way.

There are expansive views on the hike -- what little vegetation there is isn't much more than ankle high.

It was a windy day -- the NWS had forecast wind gusts of up to 45 mph in the afternoon, although with our early start I am pretty sure that the winds were not that strong. However, it was still a bit too windy for my liking.

This was a fun and enjoyable hike, and I am glad to have done the hike!
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