Topo and GPS tracks for today. 10mi/4500ft gain clockwise around the loop.
These were OGUL Peaks #50 and #51 (Still have South Sister to do)
And not sure where I am on NV County Highpoints.
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07/16/2011 08:45 PM
Turning off onto FR50 near Sweetwater Summit. Thats all 3 sisters on the horizon with South, Middle, and East left to right.
This road eventually connects with Desert Creek road.
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07/16/2010 08:54 AM
The unmarked spur road toward Little Smith Valley is 3.2 miles up FR50. There is a corral 1mi back along this road and my outback probably could have made it- but I decided to forgo the additional paint scratches and hoofed it.
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07/16/2010 09:09 AM
East Sister in the distance as I headed out. (From this angle the highpoint is peak 9715). This was the slope I'd be taking to the top of the ridge- looping around the back of the shoulder just under that cloud on the right and then following the ridge to the summit.
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07/16/2010 09:24 AM
Cattle gate along the road. No cattle grazing in Little Smith Valley but there were some back out along FR50.
There was a rancher staying at the corral and a couple horses in the pen. He waved me toward the trail as I wandered through his camp.
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07/16/2010 09:33 AM
Peak 8043 rising above the corral- a basalt column formation similar to Devils Postpile. Stopped to adjust my pack and ended up leaving my hiking pole along the early trail (which resulted in my ankle acting up over the course of the afternoon)
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07/16/2010 09:44 AM
The trail looped around to the far side of East Sister and I started eyeing the slope for a reasonable ascent route. The ridge looked clear so I opted to angle for the saddle on the left.
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07/16/2010 09:55 AM
Starting up. Lots of wildflowers out (and the whole area was uncharacteristically green for mid-late July). Sagebrush and pinyon on the slope (the latter sparse enough not to cause issues)
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07/16/2010 09:58 AM
Up on the ridge and now looking down on the basalt peak there on the left. The access road to the corral can be seen in the clearing in the right center.