Northern Section of the Toiyabe Crest Trail - June 15, 2019

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I headed out to the Toiyabe Range in central Nevada with the intent of backpacking the Toiyabe Crest Trail with a couple of friends, starting in the north at Kingston Canyon, then working our way south to the South Twin River Trailhead. Unfortunately, due to the amount of snow, we were turned back on day three. We didn't bring crampons or ice axes for the conditions we ran into, so we backtracked and explored a couple of canyons on the west side of the range for the next three days. This meant that we exited one day early, and at that point we checked out some of the forest service roads and canyons on the east side of the Toiyabes, where we explored some old mines and ghost towns.

The Toiyabe Crest Trail was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930's during the Great Depression. The trail runs roughly in a northeast to southwest direction with an eastern fishhook at he end that sends it back to the northeast. The trail is roughly 71 miles in length and the range itself is fairly exposed, sage covered, with aspen groves and streams located in the bottoms of the side canyons. The range falls between Austin to the north and Tonopah to the southwest. The Toiyabes and adjacent ranges have a rich mining history and there is still an active gold mine called Round Mountain on the east side of Big Smoky Valley nestled up against the Toquima Range to the east of the Toiyabes.

Here are some images of our trip.

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The Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah. We stayed here the day before and the last day of our trip. Due to a leak
in the shower from the room above us, we had to change rooms in the middle of the night. I lucked out
and got the Jack Dempsey Suite. This changing of the rooms meant we got a late start the next morning.


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Former heavyweight champ and former bouncer at the Mizpah Hotel and Casino

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The Tonopah Brewing Company and Tap Room. We walked up from the hotel for dinner. I got a Stink
Eye Porter and smoked turkey sandwich which was excellent.


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A Stink Eye always makes me happy. :scatman:

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The South Twin River at the South Twin River Trailhead. We dropped off a shuttle vehicle here

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View to the north of the Toiyabe Range taken from the South Twin River Trailhead.

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Snow covered peak on our drive to our Trailhead in Kingston Canyon

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Approaching the little community of Kingston and Kingston Canyon

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The Kingston Canyon Trailhead

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A look back down Kingston Canyon from the trailhead. The Toiyabe Crest Trail follows along Kingston

Creek which runs along the hill on the right side of this image, before heading up the ridge in the distance

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The official beginning of the trail


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People recreating on Groves Lake to the south of us. We're pretty close to starting our climb at this point

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Let the climbing begin

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Looking back across Kingston canyon at Bunker Hill

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At the lower elevations, wildflowers were in bloom - Arrowleaf Balsamroot

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A look back up Kingston Canyon. Can you make out the Subaru at the Trailhead?

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Our first of many snowfields as we work our way up to the top of the ridge

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Scatman prints! :)

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Steep going

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Still working our way up

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Yeah, we made the ridge. TCT signpost awaiting us.

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Seems like a good place for a break. The Reese River Valley below and the Shoshone Mountains to the
southwest

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A look out to the east down Kingston Canyon, with views of Big Smoky Valley and the Toquima Range to
the east

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A good view of the northern end of the range, looking towards the town of Austin

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Arrgh! :)


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More Scatman tracks. The ever elusive creature that seldom smiles. :scatman:

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Hmmm...............

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Still some climbing to do

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First good view to the south of the southern end of the range

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Contemplating what the hell he got himself into

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Type of scat? Cougar? @Artemus , @Outdoor_Fool

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Another view o the south

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Sunset and storm clouds in the Toiyabes

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Lucky horseshoe?

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Our campsite on the ridge

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Looking down into the Washington Creek Drainage

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A small stand of Mountain Mahogany

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Making our way down into the drainage

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Bushwhacking through the sage

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On the right track - Toiyabe Crest Trail signpost

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Aspen grove along Washington Creek

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TST signpost

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Some of the CCC handy work still visible

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Pleasant walk through Quakies


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Steep climbing - holding onto sage for dear life. We had to do this repeatedly on day two. It wore me out.

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Be sure and take a hard left at this point or you will lose the trail. We lost the trail at this point.

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Toiyabe Range Peak up ahead

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More Aspen

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Toiyabe Range Peak

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Campsite

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I could use a Stink Eye about now.

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Leaving camp on day three

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View of the Desatoya Mountains in the far distance

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The Shoshone Mountains and North Shoshone Peak

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Aspen just beginning to leaf-out

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No Grizzlies in this neck of the woods.

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Nearly marble sized hail had me hunkering under a Limber Pine for about twenty minutes

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Of course it was sunny across the valley :(


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The point where we had to call it a day

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Steep and icy for as far as we could see

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Large spring in the Toiyabes

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More storm clouds rolling in. We got lots of rain on day two and three

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Corn Lily grew near the streams

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Exploring the Cottonwood Creek Drainage

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Cross country travel tore my Moab Ventilators to shreds

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Still off-trail at this point

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Careful!

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Typical side canyon view in the Toiyabes

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Ants were everywhere in the Toiyabes

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Finally back on trail, we stopped for a group shot

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Good view of the Shoshone Mountains

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A look up Washington Creek Drainage

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Another spring in the Toiyabes

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Exploring the Washington Creek Drainage

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Washington Creek Drainage

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The Washington Creek Drainage

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Phlox

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Trailhead on Washington Creek

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Heading back up Washington Creek to our campsite

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Washington Creek

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Hard to make out, but there is a small hornets nest hanging just under the dead aspen tree. This is the
first hornets nest that I have ever seen while backpacking. :thumbsup:

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Another spring

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The wind on ridge on day six was unbearable. Down in the valley, we learned later, there was severe wind
warnings with gusts up to 50 mph. It was worse along the ridge. I found it hard to breathe when I was
heading into the wind.

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Don't know why I like this shot but I do. And yes, those are Scat tracks

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How's the wind up there?

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More slippin' and sliding


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Looking down on the trailhead on our last day

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Can you make out the military jet in this shot? It buzzed my Subaru twice while I was hiking down into
the canyon. It turns out they were filming Top Gun 2. So maybe the Subaru will be famous! It was
pretty cool to see the jet banking through the canyon.

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View south along the Toiyabe Range as we headed back to pick up our shuttle vehicle

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The Toiyabes

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The Toiyabes

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Since we had an extra day now we explored some of the canyons on the east side of the range. An old
mining structure.

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Grave site in an old cemetery near Ophir Canyon

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An old bucket up Summit Creek

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Old mine shaft


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Treacherous going up a couple of the Forest Service roads

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Egg Milkvetch


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Old homestead

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Ate my salmon on a tortilla next to this.

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Old stamp mill

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Looking east at the Toquima Range and the Alta Toquima Wilderness

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The Toiyabes and Big Smoky Valley

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Of course exploring builds up ones thirst and there is only one way to quench it - The Lucky Spur Saloon.
They make a mean burger at the Lucky Spur - actually the bed and breakfast down the street makes the
food and delivers it to the saloon.

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With chili-cheese fries no less

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Of course if Scatman were to scrape the shit from himself, there would be nothing left. :poop: @Rockskipper
can attest to this. :D


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On our last night we camped at the South Twin Trailhead so I hiked up the south end of the Toiyabe Crest
Trail and looked down into the South Twin River Gorge.

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The southern Toiyabes

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Waterfall up Broad Creek. On our way back to Tonopah we explored a couple of canyons on southern
end of the range.


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A look down Broad Creek

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Back in Tonopah at the brewery, eating in style

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The Bug Bar is that way. :)

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And what trip report wouldn't be complete without Scatman at the Clown Motel! Scatman, Clown Motel,
sounds about right to me. :p



Well, I was disappointed that I wasn't able to complete the trail. That seems to be my MO these days. I probably should have schedule the trip in July when most of the snow had melted but I needed to schedule my surgery so that I would be healed up for my Yellowstone Lake canoe trip next week. The Toiyabes are definitely worth a look, particularly if solitude is what you are looking for. The trip turned out to be much colder than I had anticipated. The first day was a warm one but after that we had rain for two days and cool temps also. The day we hiked out of the Washington Creek Basin was easily the windiest day I have ever backpacked in. I didn't enjoy that day at all.

We ended up seeing a number of Golden Eagles and I have never seen so many hummingbirds in my life - they were everywhere. I started calling them Toiyabe Mosquitoes. We saw sign of deer everywhere but never saw a deer. When we were at the Lucky Star Saloon in Kingston, the locals told us there were lots of Bighorn Sheep in the range but we didn't see any of them either. Songbirds in the aspen groves were a pleasure to wake up to each morning and the overwhelming smell of sage throughout our trip was something I hadn't experienced before. I thought the smell of rain and sage together was wonderful too.

I look forward to getting back and checking out the southern end with the Arc Dome Wilderness that I didn't reach this time. Of course I might need someone to provide a shuttle vehicle. Hint. Hint. :)

The End.
 
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@scatman If that's a 35 mm lens cap, then I would suspect either a large domestic dog or a mountain lion. If that's a little lens cap like to my TG-5, then domestic dog, most likely. You didn't poke through it at all to see the contents, did you?

Great TR, as always. Thanks for sharing!

And yes, high winds are hellish.
 

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@scatman If that's a 35 mm lens cap, then I would suspect either a large domestic dog or a mountain lion. If that's a little lens cap like to my TG-5, then domestic dog, most likely. You didn't poke through it at all to see the contents, did you?
It is a 35 mm lens cap. You know, a domestic dog never crossed my mind when I was looking at it. I guess that is what it probably is. I didn't poke through it. It looked like it would disintegrate if I touched it.
 

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I headed out to the Toiyabe Range in central Nevada with the intent of backpacking the Toiyabe Crest Trail with a couple of friends, starting in the north at Kingston Canyon, then working our way south to the South Twin River Trailhead. Unfortunately, due to the amount of snow, we were turned back on day three. We didn't bring crampons or ice axes for the conditions we ran into, so we backtracked and explored a couple of canyons on the west side of the range for the next three days. This meant that we exited one day early, and at that point we checked out some of the forest service roads and canyons on the east side of the Toiyabes, where we explored some old mines and ghost towns.

The Toiyabe Crest Trail was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930's during the Great Depression. The trail runs roughly in a northeast to southwest direction with an eastern fishhook at he end that sends it back to the northeast. The trail is roughly 71 miles in length and the range itself is fairly exposed, sage covered, with aspen groves and streams located in the bottoms of the side canyons. The range falls between Austin to the north and Tonopah to the southwest. The Toiyabes and adjacent ranges have a rich mining history and there is still an active gold mine called Round Mountain on the east side of Big Smoky Valley nestled up against the Toquima Range to the east of the Toiyabes.

Here are some images of our trip.

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The Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah. We stayed here the day before and the last day of our trip. Due to a leak
in the shower from the room above us, we had to change rooms in the middle of the night. I lucked out
and got the Jack Dempsey Suite. This changing of the rooms meant we got a late start the next morning.


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Former heavyweight champ and former bouncer at the Mizpah Hotel and Casino

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The Tonopah Brewing Company and Tap Room. We walked up from the hotel for dinner. I got a Stink
Eye Porter and smoked turkey sandwich which was excellent.


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A Stink Eye always makes me happy. :scatman:

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The South Twin River at the South Twin River Trailhead. We dropped off a shuttle vehicle here

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View to the north of the Toiyabe Range taken from the South Twin River Trailhead.

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Snow covered peak on our drive to our Trailhead in Kingston Canyon

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Approaching the little community of Kingston and Kingston Canyon

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The Kingston Canyon Trailhead

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A look back down Kingston Canyon from the trailhead. The Toiyabe Crest Trail follows along Kingston

Creek which runs along the hill on the right side of this image, before heading up the ridge in the distance

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The official beginning of the trail


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People recreating on Groves Lake to the south of us. We're pretty close to starting our climb at this point

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Let the climbing begin

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Looking back across Kingston canyon at Bunker Hill

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At the lower elevations, wildflowers were in bloom - Arrowleaf Balsamroot

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A look back up Kingston Canyon. Can you make out the Subaru at the Trailhead?

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Our first of many snowfields as we work our way up to the top of the ridge

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Scatman prints! :)

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Steep going

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Still working our way up

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Yeah, we made the ridge. TCT signpost awaiting us.

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Seems like a good place for a break. The Reese River Valley below and the Shoshone Mountains to the
southwest

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A look out to the east down Kingston Canyon, with views of Big Smoky Valley and the Toquima Range to
the east

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A good view of the northern end of the range, looking towards the town of Austin

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Arrgh! :)


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More Scatman tracks. The ever elusive creature that seldom smiles. :scatman:

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Hmmm...............

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Still some climbing to do

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First good view to the south of the southern end of the range

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Contemplating what the hell he got himself into

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Type of scat? Cougar? @Artemus , @Outdoor_Fool

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Another view o the south

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Sunset and storm clouds in the Toiyabes

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Lucky horseshoe?

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Our campsite on the ridge

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Looking down into the Washington Creek Drainage

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A small stand of Mountain Mahogany

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Making our way down into the drainage

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Bushwhacking through the sage

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On the right track - Toiyabe Crest Trail signpost

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Aspen grove along Washington Creek

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TST signpost

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Some of the CCC handy work still visible

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Pleasant walk through Quakies


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Steep climbing - holding onto sage for dear life. We had to do this repeatedly on day two. It wore me out.

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Be sure and take a hard left at this point or you will lose the trail. We lost the trail at this point.

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Toiyabe Range Peak up ahead

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More Aspen

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Toiyabe Range Peak

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Campsite

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I could use a Stink Eye about now.

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Leaving camp on day three

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View of the Desatoya Mountains in the far distance

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The Shoshone Mountains and North Shoshone Peak

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Aspen just beginning to leaf-out

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No Grizzlies in this neck of the woods.

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Nearly marble sized hail had me hunkering under a Limber Pine for about twenty minutes

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Of course it was sunny across the valley :(


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The point where we had to call it a day

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Steep and icy for as far as we could see

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Large spring in the Toiyabes

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More storm clouds rolling in. We got lots of rain on day two and three

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Corn Lily grew near the streams

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Exploring the Cottonwood Creek Drainage

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Cross country travel tore my Moab Ventilators to shreds

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Still off-trail at this point

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Careful!

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Typical side canyon view in the Toiyabes

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Ants were everywhere in the Toiyabes

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Finally back on trail, we stopped for a group shot

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Good view of the Shoshone Mountains

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A look up Washington Creek Drainage

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Another spring in the Toiyabes

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Exploring the Washington Creek Drainage

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Washington Creek Drainage

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The Washington Creek Drainage

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Phlox

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Trailhead on Washington Creek

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Heading back up Washington Creek to our campsite

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Washington Creek

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Hard to make out, but there is a small hornets nest hanging just under the dead aspen tree. This is the
first hornets nest that I have ever seen while backpacking. :thumbsup:

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Another spring

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The wind on ridge on day six was unbearable. Down in the valley, we learned later, there was severe wind
warnings with gusts up to 50 mph. It was worse along the ridge. I found it hard to breathe when I was
heading into the wind.

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Don't know why I like this shot but I do. And yes, those are Scat tracks

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How's the wind up there?

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More slippin' and sliding


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Looking down on the trailhead on our last day

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Can you make out the military jet in this shot? It buzzed my Subaru twice while I was hiking down into
the canyon. It turns out they were filming Top Gun 2. So maybe the Subaru will be famous! It was
pretty cool to see the jet banking through the canyon.

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View south along the Toiyabe Range as we headed back to pick up our shuttle vehicle

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The Toiyabes

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The Toiyabes

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Since we had an extra day now we explored some of the canyons on the east side of the range. An old
mining structure.

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Grave site in an old cemetery near Ophir Canyon

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An old bucket up Summit Creek

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Old mine shaft


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Treacherous going up a couple of the Forest Service roads

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Egg Milkvetch


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Old homestead

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Ate my salmon on a tortilla next to this.

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Old stamp mill

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Looking east at the Toquima Range and the Alta Toquima Wilderness

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The Toiyabes and Big Smoky Valley

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Of course exploring builds up ones thirst and there is only one way to quench it - The Lucky Spur Saloon.
They make a mean burger at the Lucky Spur - actually the bed and breakfast down the street makes the
food and delivers it to the saloon.

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With chili-cheese fries no less

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Of course if Scatman were to scrape the shit from himself, there would be nothing left. :poop: @Rockskipper
can attest to this. :D


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On our last night we camped at the South Twin Trailhead so I hiked up the south end of the Toiyabe Crest
Trail and looked down into the South Twin River Gorge.

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The southern Toiyabes

View attachment 79682
Waterfall up Broad Creek. On our way back to Tonopah we explored a couple of canyons on southern
end of the range.


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A look down Broad Creek

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Back in Tonopah at the brewery, eating in style

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The Bug Bar is that way. :)

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And what trip report wouldn't be complete without Scatman at the Clown Motel! Scatman, Clown Motel,
sounds about right to me. :p



Well, I was disappointed that I wasn't able to complete the trail. That seems to be my MO these days. I probably should have schedule the trip in July when most of the snow had melted but I needed to schedule my surgery so that I would be healed up for my Yellowstone Lake canoe trip next week. The Toiyabes are definitely worth a look, particularly if solitude is what you are looking for. The trip turned out to be much colder than I had anticipated. The first day was a warm one but after that we had rain for two days and cool temps also. The day we hiked out of the Washington Creek Basin was easily the windiest day I have ever backpacked in. I didn't enjoy that day at all.

We ended up seeing a number of Golden Eagles and I have never seen so many hummingbirds in my life - they were everywhere. I started calling them Toiyabe Mosquitoes. We saw sign of deer everywhere but never saw a deer. When we were at the Lucky Star Saloon in Kingston, the locals told us there were lots of Bighorn Sheep in the range but we didn't see any of them either. Songbirds in the aspen groves were a pleasure to wake up to each morning and the overwhelming smell of sage throughout our trip was something I hadn't experienced before. I thought the smell of rain and sage together was wonderful too.

I look forward to getting back and checking out the southern end with the Arc Dome Wilderness that I didn't reach this time. Of course I might need someone to provide a shuttle vehicle. Hint. Hint. :)

The End.
Well, Hugh, as usual your content stimulates. You are one of my favorite TR'r of all these great TR'rs. Thank you.
 

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The wind on ridge on day six was unbearable. Down in the valley, we learned later, there was severe wind
warnings with gusts up to 50 mph. It was worse along the ridge. I found it hard to breathe when I was
heading into the wind.
I hate that level of wind but I know what you are talking about. A female British mountaineer died by being blown off a mountain, I think K2. It happens.
 

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Great TR, tough trip with the wind, rain, lots of slipping and sliding! That’s some frosty @scatman tracks. What exactly happened to your Moab Ventilators? Did the soles fall apart, seems ripped open, or? Was it a new pair or had you been hiking for a while in those? I use the same and love them, but they only last a few hundred miles (maybe normal), the soles wear out.
 

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Well, Hugh, as usual your content stimulates. You are one of my favorite TR'r of all these great TR'rs. Thank you.
Thanks Art. I'm glad you enjoy them. We need to think up some kind of theme for our Mary Mountain jaunt next month.
 
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Great TR, tough trip with the wind, rain, lots of slipping and sliding! That’s some frosty @scatman tracks. What exactly happened to your Moab Ventilators? Did the soles fall apart, seems ripped open, or? Was it a new pair or had you been hiking for a while in those? I use the same and love them, but they only last a few hundred miles (maybe normal), the soles wear out.
We had to cross quite a few ravines where the snow had created essentially a wall on the north side of the ravine that we could not cross, so instead we went off-trail through the sage and around the snow obstacle. Sometimes this took quite a bit of doing. Also, when we dropped down into a couple of the side canyons to find a campsite we had to leave the trail. It was this off-trailing through thick sage that tore my Ventilators up. They were relatively new, and I usually get at least one hiking year out of a pair, and had expected to use them on my canoe trip in Yellowstone next week, but instead I had to buy a new pair last weekend for my upcoming trip. They tore along the seems, across the rubber toe guards. Just absolutely trashed them, particularly the left one.
 

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We had to cross quite a few ravines where the snow had created essentially a wall on the north side of the ravine that we could not cross, so instead we went off-trail through the sage and around the snow obstacle. Sometimes this took quite a bit of doing. Also, when we dropped down into a couple of the side canyons to find a campsite we had to leave the trail. It was this off-trailing through thick sage that tore my Ventilators up. They were relatively new, and I usually get at least one hiking year out of a pair, and had expected to use them on my canoe trip in Yellowstone next week, but instead I had to buy a new pair last weekend for my upcoming trip. They tore along the seems, across the rubber toe guards. Just absolutely trashed them, particularly the left one.
Bummer.....well, at least the Moab Ventilator requires zero break in time, so that's a bonus for your next trip to Yellowstone. It's disappointing that they don't last longer, but I haven't found a better shoe with superior traction in wide width. A few times per year I see 20% off on the Moab, I will shoot you a private message next time. I'm also trying out a pair of Moab Gore-tex on our next winter trip (instead of the warmer "waterproof "Moab which is anything but waterproof). We shall see, the Gore-Tex Moab might be too warm, but I will try them out on the 5-20F days.
Have fun canoeing next week!
 

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Nice to see a trip report from you. Looks like a good trip even if you got stopped by snow/ice.

I'm looking forward to the Yellowstone Lake paddling report, take lots of photos
 

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Bummer.....well, at least the Moab Ventilator requires zero break in time, so that's a bonus for your next trip to Yellowstone. It's disappointing that they don't last longer, but I haven't found a better shoe with superior traction in wide width. A few times per year I see 20% off on the Moab, I will shoot you a private message next time. I'm also trying out a pair of Moab Gore-tex on our next winter trip (instead of the warmer "waterproof "Moab which is anything but waterproof). We shall see, the Gore-Tex Moab might be too warm, but I will try them out on the 5-20F days.
Have fun canoeing next week!
Normally I buy them when they are 20% off, but I needed some in a semi-hurry this time.
 

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Nice to see a trip report from you. Looks like a good trip even if you got stopped by snow/ice.

I'm looking forward to the Yellowstone Lake paddling report, take lots of photos
I'm planning on taking lots of pictures. Anything in particular you want a picture of while I'm back in there? I will be taking my Canon Rebel Xi with me. I was canoeing the east shore of the lake eleven years ago and on our first break from paddling on the first day, I stood up and it fell out of my chest case and into the lake. :eek: I was crushed! It kind of put a damper on the rest of the trip. Well after a year of drying out, it started to work again and I occasionally take it with me now on some hikes, though I usually use my EOS M now. I just need to remember to zip up the chest case all the way. :)

It might take me a few weeks to get the report up though. Once I get back to town from the trip, I've got to turn around and take my daughter up to Portland where she will be starting her Freshman year at Lewis and Clark College.
 

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Love this TR. Tonopah is a sweet town. I'm interested in doing this hike sometime.
I'd be willing to head back in and get it done. My schedule is full for the rest of the year though, but after that just give me some advanced warning if you are interested.
 

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