OverviewThis route is much more scenic than hiking Crescent Peak from Crescent Peak Road. Hiking it from the North you can see the whole peak and ridge almost the whole way hiking up to the ridge. This route does require 4WD though the last part of the drive in.
Route DescriptionThe stating elevation is about 4,576 feet. The Peak is to the SE. From the parking location, about 100 yards to the South there is a wash that heads SW. Take this wash. It curves around to the peak after about 0.2 miles. There are some rocks on the left side of the wash. At 0.3 miles take the right fork (main wash). At 0.4 miles take the left fork. At 0.5 miles take the left fork. At 0.6 miles take the left fork again. Go about 100 yards and turn left. There is a log 50 yards into the wash crossing the whole wash (there was when I did this route). After 0.8 miles head towards the saddle out of the wash onto a road heading towards the peak again. After 0.9 miles you will have a view of the peak along this road. At 1.0 miles into the hike stay on the road and you will hike up through a little canyon. At 1.2 miles start going up the rocks in the wash. Keep hiking through the wash heading towards the saddle. (Note: there may be ice in the wash in the winter). At 1.4 miles turn right up onto the ridge and follow the ridge along the left side all the way to the summit. It is 2.0 miles total to the summit.
Once you’ve spent time on the summit, signed the register, and are ready to return start hiking down the ridge. Once you get to the saddle, about 0.5 miles down from the summit, start going up the ridge in front of you. After 0.6 miles from the summit turn right and start going down back into the wash. At 0.7 miles down you should be at 35 º 28.377N and 115 º 8.289W. At 0.8 miles down you’ll hit the end of the wash on the North side from the ridge (saddle). Keep hiking straight ahead and after 1.1 miles down from the summit you’ll be back at the road you hiked up through. The coordinates here are 35 º 28.496N and 115 º 8.569W. At 1.5 miles (from the summit) you’ll come to another road. Turn right down this road back to the parking spot.