Silver Peak or Bust Hike
19th Annual Event
The 19th Annual Silver Peak or Bust Hike Fundraiser will take place on Sat.Oct. 26th, 2019. Sign in is between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. at the corner of Highway 264 and Eagle Road, 3 miles South of the Esmeralda Market, Dyer(Fish Lake Valley), NV 89010. The remnant of a full moon will light the way up the mountain as participants trek the 10.7 miles to the top of McAfee Pass with only 23 more miles to go to the "Old School" saloon in the historic mining town of Silver Peak, NV. There are no services as you hike the approximate 34 miles through the Silver Peak Mountain range wilderness. The trail is marked with flour arrows and "X" for water and gatorade drops. Those who volunteer on their own to meet and do this are "on their own" and should be fit to finish this one-day hike. Volunteers may provide a safety net to pick up any of the participants that "hit the wall." You may park your car at the Esmeralda Market or at the start and after the hike volunteers may offer you a ride for the 60 miAny questions contact Bill Kirby at (323) 727-6959.
Event - Background
The Silver Peak or Bust hike is a one-day, 34 mile hike from Dyer to Silver Peak. This will be the 17th year individual hikers have undertaken this hike. Previous hikers have raised thousands of dollars in donations to the Esmeralda County School District Hike Fund. The hike starts at Highway 264 and Eagle Road in Fish Lake Valley and climbs about 3,000 feet to the top of McAfee Pass before making a long descent to the Clayton Valley, where hikers will need to dig deep to find the strength to make the final push across the valley to finish at the Old School Saloon in the historic mining town of Silver Peak, Nevada.
Last year our heroic new schools superintendent Neil Terhune, 65, finished the event as his introduction to the spirit and enthusiasm common to the people of Esmeralda County who help our youth.
The Fund supports both Esmeralda and Nye Tonopah High School Students for extra-curricular activity expenses as well as all three Esmeralda K-8 Schools – Dyer, Goldfield and Silver Peak; Additional instructional supplies for Esmeralda Teachers; The new Fish Lake Valley Community Center Building was completed with a substantial donation from the Hike Fund; The Hike Fund has also pledged support to the Esmeralda County School District Athletic Track and Field located on the Dyer Elementary School Campus as well as purchasing Warm Up jackets for the Mustang Basketball Team.
By William Kirby