Tagged this as an easy freebie on the way back from Bridge Mtn. There are some very cool views of Bridge Mtn on the hike to North Pk--it looks quite impressive from this angle. Well worth the sidetrip if heading to Bridge.
Route Climbed: from Lovell Canyon up Rocky Gap Road Date Climbed: Nov. 12, 2004
Parked my rental car on Lovell Canyon Road and hiked up Rocky Gap Road to Red Rock Summit. From there, it's easy to follow the trail on out to the summit of North Peak. Didn't see a single person all day. The west side of Rocky Gap Road is impassable to all but very highly modified 4WD's. Fantastic view looking down on the backside of Bridge Mountain. It was 40 degrees and windy on the summit, with the occasional flurry of small hailstones. This is an easy hike on a good road/trail, although there is a fair amount of elevation gain. Round trip distance of about 10 miles. This is a nice change of pace after you've been scrambling in the boulder-clogged canyons on the east face of the Red Rocks escarpment.