Churchill County High Point Trip Report
Desatoya Peak (9,973 ft)
Date: June 23, 2002
Author: Scott Surgent
Edward Earl's report for this one was very accurate; we also went via the Basque Summit Road. I was able
to crash and bang my truck up a Jeep road shown starting just south of Basque Summit. The map shows
this road ends at the county line; I drove up the short but very steep road to top out at hill 8,043.
Adam and myself started at 5:30 am and followed the range road up the ridge toward a saddle just north of
spot elevation 9,130, then followed good cow paths to very nearly the summit.
Great hike amid open sage-covered hills. About 3 hours up, 1 hour 25 minutes down.
After coming back to my truck, we noted another truck that had come up a different road. Then a gunshot.
For all we know they may have just been target shooting. They were well over a mile away behind a small ridge.
But we decided not to stick around to find out. They definitely were not shooting .22s, that's for sure.