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Bard-Ireteba Loop Hike

 
Bard-Ireteba Loop Hike

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Nevada, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 35.58450°N / 114.839°W

Object Title: Bard-Ireteba Loop Hike

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jan 20, 2007

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Bouldering, Scrambling

 

Page By: redsplashman23

Created/Edited: Jan 22, 2007 / Nov 28, 2007

Object ID: 262960

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Drive In

This was my 3rd hike in 3 days of hiking around southern Nevada. It was my last hike before heading home to Las Vegas. I drove up from Laughlin that morning. I followed the directions from Searchlight in the "Getting there" section of Bard-Ireteba Loop route.

Along the way to the parking area I saw a nice huge jack rabbit. The drive into this area was fairly good. A high clearance vehicle is definately needed but I never had to go into 4WD.

 
Jack Rabbit
Jack Rabbit seen on drive in.

 
wildlife guzzler
Wildlife Guzzler seen just before I parked.

Hike up Bard Peak

Once I parked I saw the wash just to the left (North) of where I parked. I started hiking into the wash heading towards Bard Peak's west ridge. Along the way I passed a rock wall on the right side of the wash.

Once I got on the west ridge of Bard Peak I looked up and saw 3 minor peaks. Bard Peak was not visible at this point. I hiked up the left side of the peak straight in front of me and towards the ridge of the peak on the left heading towards the peak furthest up that I could see.

 
Rock wall in wash
Rock Wall in the Wash

 
Summit of Bard
Summit of Bard Peak


Once I got up to the top of this peak I then could see Bard Peak not far away. I hiked the rest of the way to Bard Peak. The summit log was in an old beer can and inside of it was a medicine bottle. I replaced this register with a new one. This was needed.

 
Myself on Bard Peak
Myself on Bard Peak.

 
Leaving Bard Peak
Rocks about 50 yards down the ridge from Bard toward Ireteba.


I then rested here enjoying the views of Lake Mohave, snow topped Mt. Charleston, McCullough, the Colorado River, and much more. It was very sunny. I took pictures as well.

Hiking to Ireteba

After resting on Bard I started hiking down the North ridge to the saddle between Bard and Ireteba Peak. I then scrambled the boulders along the west side of the south ridge up Ireteba Peak. I again enjoyed the great views and took many photos. The last time this peak was summited was on 8 March 2006.

I could see my pickup from the summit. I looked down and planned my route off of Ireteba down into the wash and back to my pickup.

 
Route back to Parking Spot
Route I took back to my pickup

 
Mt. Charleston
Mt. Charleston through in the distance.

 
Myself on Ireteba Peak
Myself on Ireteba Peak

[img:262899:alignleft:small:Myself on Ireteba Peak]

The Hike down




I started hiking down the west ridge of Ireteba. I had to take my time and find routes that were not over cliffs along the way off the ridge. I managed to hike down mostly class 2. I had to watch my step though to keep from slipping.

I hiked down off the ridge into the wash between Bard and Ireteba Peaks. I then hiked towards a little hill on the left side of the wash and then turned left (South) over 3 washes. I ended up hiking down to far and had to hike back up the road a short distance to my pickup. The whole trip was 3.0 miles, but if I wouldn't have gone to far out of my way it would have been about 2.6 miles.

Images

Ireteba and Bard PeaksBard PeakIreteba PeaksIreteba Peak SummitIreteba\'s South RidgeRoute to BardSummit of Bard
Colorado RiverLake MohaveRock wall in washBard Peak and Spirit MountainIreteba PeakSummit of IretebaSummit Register
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