PEQUOP SUMMIT is noteworthy along the California Emigrant trail (I-80) because it's my final Nevada climb and the highest crossing between Donner Pass and the Wasatch Mountains. The Pequop Range was a major obstacle for the early pioneers traveling west from the Great Salt Lake desert. In fact, the mountains proved so formidable that the Southern Pacific portion of the transcontinental railroad was routed north of these mountains to make the final connection with the Union Pacific Railroad at Promontory Point.
The mountains rise 9,000 feet and are capped by winter snows, but fortunately the road summit is more forgiving at 6265 feet. Still, I passed chain installation signs along the way, so I'm happy to be over the last mountain range without the need for snowshoes before finally descending to the plains of Utah -- some forty miles ahead.
Week 9, Miles 600