Arc Dome, Mount Jefferson, Mount Patterson
By: Linda McDermott, Phil and Evelyn Reher
ARC DOME by Linda:
The Ichthyosaur portion of the park is North America's most abundant concentration and largest known Ichthyosaur fossils. These apparently were prehistoric marine reptiles that ranges in size from about two to over fifty feet in length and look like a huge whale with teeth. There is an exhibit hall there with windows to observe the fossils.
After visiting the park, we met the Rehers, Randy Ragland, Judy Hummerick, Richard Whitcomb, Lori Lando and Eric Beck. When we drove through the very small community of Ione and stopped at the 1864 bar there to get soft drinks. It was a time warp to find us in this historic bar and to watch the first photographs from Mars on their television. Graham Breakwell and two friends were already waiting at an area below Columbine Campground. With all the wine, firewood, and good people, I found myself laughing for hours - a great gathering.
A very special thank you to Phil and Evelyn Reher for getting us all UP and DOWN Arc Dome safely. We climbed this peak on July 5, 1997, a year from the date we supposed to climb it when I broke my ankle on Ruby Dome July 4, 1996. I had been very nervous about getting the peak because it represented completing a very interesting year for me, and now to move forward on finishing that DPS peak list!
PATTERSON by Linda:
The next morning, just above Lobdell Lake we parked my 2WD, hopped into Tom's 4WD and got almost to the designated parking spot. Tom said the road was in much worse shape than when he did the peak in 1994, and we had to stop because of snow just above the regular spot. There were probably a half dozen stream/wet spots to cross - my 2WD drive made all but the last one above Lobdell Lake. On the hike, we were able to avoid snow on the hike except for a few short spots. I took loads of pictures on the trip because it was such a spectacular area, with not a cloud in the sky. We were able to follow the old jeep trail all the way. The lupine, buttercups, Indian paint brush, and phlox were all spectacular, as were the birds we stopped to listen to.
My thanks to Tom for taking the time to meet us and help me up yet one more peak, and to Jim for enduring the long car rides.
JEFFERSON by Phil:
The route can be found on the Toiyabe National Forest map. At Reese River, you go south on the Upper Reese River Road, an excellent dirt and gravel road for about 30 to 35 miles. At a three-way fork, you go left for a couple of miles past the Cloverdale Ranch to an excellent dirt road intersection where you turn left again. At the next intersection you will see forest service signs and continue on straight towards the Peavine Campground road. At the intersection with the Peavine Campground road, you turn right and continue to the Nevada 376 highway. Turn left and stay on 376 for a short distance. At the turnoff to the town of Manhattan, turn right. Stay on this road through Manhattan and continue on to Belmont. From Belmont follow the DPS guide directions.
We arrived at Jefferson Summit about 8:00 p.m. that evening, having seen a nice four-point buck on the way in. In the morning I loaded everyone in our pickup then Judy, Richard and I started off for the peak. The hike was straightforward and we were on the peak and back to the car within three hours. I must confess that I failed to implement Linda's instructions. The Bartells had been on the peak earlier in the week and had notified Linda through a series of complicated communications that there was no register on Jefferson. Linda had given me a register to place on the peak, but in my hurry to get to the peak (anyone every have peak fever - it was running high then) I forgot the register, so if anyone is doing Jefferson in the near future, you might consider taking along a register.
Special thanks to Judy Hummerick and Richard Whitcomb for accompanying me on the hike of Jefferson and a special thanks to my wife Evelyn (she already had the peak) for allowing me to get Jefferson. She was in a lot of sinus pain from the blooming sagebrush and slept very little Friday and Saturday nights. When I offered to forgo Jefferson and head for home after Arc Dome she would not hear of it. She instead said to get that peak - "I don't want to come back to the sagebrush again!"
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