While Sawtooth Mountain was a bust, the other side of the pass held a sure thing in Bullfrog Mountain. From the pass we drove up a side road that brought us to the east end of Bullfrog. After parking we started hiking up. We contoured around the first high point but as we discovered on the way back, it would be easier to follow the ridge line. Except for climbing over a barb wire fence, it was a hands-in-your-pocket hike to the summit.
Bullfrog Mountain didn't take long so we had time to visit the ghost town of Rhyolite before driving back to Beatty. As I mentioned at the start, Dinah wanted a climb near Beatty. That's because Beatty has the largest candy store in Nevada. We aren't big candy consumers by any means, but this store is worth visiting for its large selection of low-priced candy, nuts and dried fruits.
Starting up Bullfrog Mountain (summit is hidden)
After rounding a corner we see the summit
The crux was crossing this barb wire fence
On the ridge line
There were few rocks on the ridge
Almost at the summit
Posing on Bullfrog's summit
As minor as this peak is, there's a Sierra Club summit register!
Our visit to the 100-year-old ghost town of Rhyolite included the J.S. Cook Bank, one of a few
buildings still standing
Bullfrog Mountain and Beatty 1:24,000 Topos (Sawtooth: 1.6 mi, 5984 ft, 1026 ft;
Bullfrog: 2.1 mi, 4954 ft, 545 ft)