Mt. Wilson is the highest peak in Red Rock Canyon. This is another summit that looks impossible without ropes, but there's a class 3 route through First Creek Canyon. There's a class 4 route through Cleaver Crack and another class 4 route through Oak Creek Canyon. All the above routes require very good route finding skills.
There are several technical routes, most requiring long approaches.
The summit of Mt. Wilson sees only a handful of people each year. It's a true wilderness experience! No trail, no litter, pure fun. The routes take 7 to 10 hours. Red Rock Canyon is just 20 miles from Las Vegas, NV.
From the Mirage on Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip) go north three miles and turn left (west) onto Charleston Boulevard. Drive 21 miles on Charleston (it becomes State Route 159) to the signed First Creek parking area on the right (west) side of the road. This is the trailhead for the standard route.
No permits, no fees. You DO NOT access the Scenic Loop to drive to the trailhead, hence no fee. Do not attempt this hike if there's ice in the canyon. You better be fast and know the route if you attempt it during the winter.
When To Climb
Late spring after the time change. Nevada is on PST and observes DST, which starts on April 2nd this year (2006). It can be very dangerous if ice is present.
Yes, at the 13 mile campground. From the intersection of 215 and Charleston Blvd. drive 3.3 miles and turn left onto Moenkopi Road. Camping is $10 per night. You will still have to buy the Red Rock pass ($5.00 per car or $20 for a yearly pass). You can camp for free above the 5,000 foot level, though you need a back country permit. Call 515-5350 for permits.
These are both fantastic routes that actually are very close to eachother. Resolution is 20 pitches long and involves 5.11+ climbing on one pitch which is easily aidable. Inti is 12 pitches long and has a few pitches of 5.10 climbing with mostly bolts. This formation is about as big as Half Dome with a slightly lesser known descent. I personally went down Oak creek which involved hiking to the Limestone then cutting strait right going west again and then descending and going aroud a pillar with a van sized block on top the rest is obvious and involves one 30-60 ft rappell.
If you've done these two (classics), you should add them as routes under Mt. Wilson (just click "add route" in the left margin of the page). Would be great if you also had photos from your climbs of these routes.