Spruce Mountain (Nevada)

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Spruce Mountain
Spruce Mountain viewed from the intersection of U.S. Highway 93 and Spruce Mountain Road
Elevation 10,267 ft (3,129 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 3,930 ft (1,200 m)[2]
Location
Spruce Mountain is located in Nevada
Spruce Mountain
Spruce Mountain
Location Elko County, Nevada
Range Pequop Mountains
Coordinates 40°33′08″N 114°49′18″W / 40.552101286°N 114.821721172°W / 40.552101286; -114.821721172Coordinates: 40°33′08″N 114°49′18″W / 40.552101286°N 114.821721172°W / 40.552101286; -114.821721172[1]
Topo map USGS Spruce Mountain, NV
Climbing
Easiest route A four-wheel drive road ascends directly to the summit[3]

Spruce Mountain is a mountain in Elko County, Nevada, United States. It ranks twenty-fifth among the most topographically prominent peaks in the state.[4] The summit is at 10,267 feet (3,129 m). Spruce Mountain is on a northeast–southwest trending ridge with a parallel Spruce Ridge to the northwest. To the east, a low section of hills connects the mountain to the south end of the Pequop Mountains.[5] US Route 93 passes the southwest end of the mountain. The peak is on public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and thus has no access restrictions.

The western side of the mountain was the site of copper, silver, and lead mining during the late 19th century. The settlement of Sprucemont on the western slope of the mountain supported the mining activity and existed from 1868 through about 1900 and is now a ghost town.[6] Electronics researcher Ralph Hartley was born at Sprucemont in 1888.

Spruce Mountain view
360-degree panorama from the summit of Spruce Mountain

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Spruce Mtn". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Spruce Mountain, Nevada". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Spruce Mountain (NV)". SummitPost.org. 
  4. ^ "Nevada Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  5. ^ DeLorme Atlas and Gazeteer: Nevada, DeLorme, 8th ed., 2012, p. 33 ISBN 0-89933-334-6
  6. ^ "Spruce Mountain". ghosttowns.com. Retrieved 2009-12-09.