Humboldt County High Point Trip Report

Granite Peak (9,732 ft)

Date: July 7, 2002
Author: Michael Schwartz

See the Martin/Coltrin/Surgent reports. Per Mike Coltrin, I approached from the south.

From US 95 take NV 290 17.7 miles to Paradise Valley. Look for road signed, "Hinkey Summit 14." Pavement ends three miles north of Paradise Valley, and the road reaches Hinkey Summit at 14.5 miles. From here a steep, rough road leads 1.3 miles to a fence line. Beyond there the road passed through what looked like a marshy area, and since a very high clearance truck was already parked there, I opted not to try driving through the marsh to the end of road reached by other reporters. This added a couple of hundred feet of gain and perhaps 15 minutes to the hike.

Hiking up along the fence line, I met Bill Garland, a peakbagger from Oregon, who has a vacation place in NV. It was a treat to have company on this lonely peak. Saw the eight foot slab described by Scott Surgent and scrambled up it just to do it. It can be bypassed on Class 2 rocks just to the left. Register at summit.

On the way out, I drove north and west from Hinkey Summit about 25 miles on tolerable dirt back to US 95.