After my climb of Santa Rosa Peak I spent a 2nd night at my campsite there and in the morning drove back to the main road and continued up to Hinkey Summit where a short spur goes west towards Granite Peak. I didn't drive far and parked at the first spot wide enough to turn around. Not far beyond was the first snow where that would have been difficult. I followed the road quite a way although it often disappeared under drifts and snow patches. The final scramble to the summit was a bit exposed in places but not too difficult. It was a much shorter hike than even my first peak the previous day. On top were a few lady bugs, but nowhere the masses as on Santa Rosa Peak. The view to Santa Rosa Peak was the best.
[photo]img305.jpg[caption]The rock arch[/photo]
Hiking back to the car I spotted a rock arch on the opposite hillside. It was early enough to check it out but I didn't climb above it and only took some photos from near the road. Then I drove south to Winnemucca and east to Elko. With the long spring days I arrived with plenty of daylight to spare.
About seven years after climbing Granite Peak I drove back from Nevada taking the detour over Hinkey Summit FSR 84. There was a bit of unfinished business. I wanted to have a closer look at the natural arch and perhaps hike some to the east and further north. Also I had not taken any photos of Granite peak on my previous trip. I had lunch along the road below the pass, then made my car camp at Hinkey Summit by the side of a spur road and in the afternoon hiked up a lower peak to the east.
[photo]usa075.jpg[caption] Hinkey Pass and Granite Peak[/photo]
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