This is a forested summit between two stark dessert valleys.
It's claim to fame is a cave with petroglyps near the top. A
quiet forest campground at the top invites for a visit.
START-END EAST: jct Monitor Rd (BelmontRd) - Grimes
2.(6730ft,mile6.5) profile turns left from Monitor
Ranch Rd onto FR001
3.(7770ft,mile13.0) TOP: Pete's Summit
4.(5750ft,mile23.9) START-END WEST: FR001 at jct with
second turnoff to the north
From East. Monitor Valley Road ( for some reason
labeled Belmont Road on Google maps) runs south from US50
between the Monitor range and the Toquima Range. The de Lorme
Gazeteer map shows this road crossing something called
"Bottle Pass". But this is not really a pass and the
descent on the southern side is less than 200ft before the road
climbs again to a higher elevation.
The elevation profile begins at a low point along this road.
With a hot wind blowing from the south, two mountain ranges left
and right disappearing into a blue fuzed haze, not a tree in
sight, just sagebrush as far as the eye can see, this must be
one of the more hopeless seeming point around - either that or
awe inspiring - I can't make up my mind.
The only human structure of the day comes nearer, a
collection of buildings labeled Monitor Ranch on the map. But
before reaching them the profile takes a hard right, and starts
climbing towards nothing more than a distant lip of green trees.
Well - at least there's hope of reaching some shade by
lunchtime. The climb is gradual enough, but the heat makes it
seem like a workout anyway. Later in a dense juniper forest the
road quickly reaches a pass. There is a national forest
campground without water at the summit, and also a short trail
to a cave with petroglyphs. - No real far views to either side
From West. (described downwards) But
after starting the descent on a few turns on red, dusty earth,
you see what lies ahead on this side. The ground seems so dry
that it might turn into powder and blow away at any time.
Emerging from the hills, a single straight line, many miles long
shoots through the dessert floor, here called the Big Smoky
Valley, heading unperturbed for the next gap in the mountains to
the west, an equally smoky set of mountains, the Toyabee Range.
The profile ends at a a low point on that road.
PARTIALLY PAVED / UNPAVED
Antelope Summit | FR002
Toiyabe Range s(u) >)
Pete's Summit , Hickison Summit : Hickison Petroglyph
Recreation area > US50 east > Monitor Valley Road south
> Pete's Summit > Nv376 north > US50 east > Hickison
Summit > back to starting point: 80.3miles with 2360ft of
climbing in 6:16hrs (VDO MC1.0 m5:13.6.18)
Notes: very hot, spoke to two more transcontinental cyclists
with a blog: aridetoremember.net. But link seems no longer