Neophiteat48 wrote:I know that Moapa is the only challenging one of the bunch
MoapaPk wrote:The road in to Jack's Pockets (base of Moapa Peak) needs at least 7" of clearance. I'd drive there in my Outback, but most wouldn't.
Moapa Peak has little in the way of difficult class 3, but has one knife edge that is very tough on people with fear of exposure.
Bridge Mt is easier for some people, but has a fairly long and convoluted route on sandstone.
La Madre is more of a long hard day. If there is no significant snow on the south side, it has just one brief class 3, but a lot of places with bad footing on class 2.
Rainbow is a long slog, but is mostly class 2.
Juniper is rarely worse than Class 2.
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Neophiteat48 wrote:I saw some of these peaks, but it was the long slog in that steered me away. It appears that White Rock and Turtlehead, then Devil and Shenandoah are pretty close together and possibly done in a long day (all 4)?
MoapaPk wrote:Neophiteat48 wrote:I saw some of these peaks, but it was the long slog in that steered me away. It appears that White Rock and Turtlehead, then Devil and Shenandoah are pretty close together and possibly done in a long day (all 4)?
Conceivable. You can get on the scenic loop, first hit Turtlehead for 2000' gain (I normally do it from the east, but that's about 1000' more), then drive to White Rock Springs for another 1300' gain with no trail (some slow class 3). I've never gone to Shenandoah which looks like an unimpressive lump. Devil is normally approached from the east (the road in is a bit rough, but 2wd, modest clearance) off i-15, and is 2100' of gain on highly unstable, enervating talus. A normal in-shape person would be massively tired after those three. The road travel time would be at least 3 hours, as the RR scenic loop is one-way and ~35-40mph, then you have to get to i-15 via the 215 or rte 160, then drive south to the gravel road out of Jean, and then back. The accumulated elevation gain would be ~5300', most off-trail and a bit rough.
brianhughes wrote:I’d start with Turtlehead as a good introduction to the area. It’s short and sweet and has great views for only moderate exertion. Then, depending on how you feel, there are several options. From the saddle below Turtlehead, you’d have a good head start on La Madre, but I’d plan on the rest of the day to do that one. Or you could go on down and do the loop hike around White Rock, which is easy and scenic. Or hike up the 4WD road and then take the short side trail off to North Peak, which also has great views, and would be an easier alternative to Bridge Mtn. It’s also fun to just scramble up any of the several canyons in Red Rocks.
cp0915 wrote:There are countless peaks you could bag during your stay, with plenty of options for reasonable 4+-peak combinations (loops and the like). Lake Mead, in particular, is a good place for that. The Shenandoah link-up you brought up sounds kinda weak to me ~ I've done all four of those peaks, and while worth doing individually, I can think of far better peak link-ups.
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