OverviewUn-named on any maps I have seen, I call this peak "North Gate" because it and its neighbor across the street have always reminded me of a gate way thru which Callville Wash passes on its way up to the western Muddy’s. It is a small mass of rock on the south east flanks of the western Muddy Mountains rising just north of Bowl of Fire and offers nice views of the Bowl, as well as birds eye panorama's of the surrounding area. Just one more thing to do on a long list of "wow" out in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and the Muddy Mountains in particular are one of the finest and most attractive areas I have ever visited in the west. Something about them...
Getting ThereAccess is easy here and requires an entrance fee for Lake Mead NRA. From Las Vegas head to Lake Mead NRA and its Northshore Road. you could park right along the Northshore Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area at the Bowl of Fire interpretive plaque and head in, or park in Callville Wash itself - at either A) the Bowl of Fire wash start and follow an unnamed wash along the west side of the Bowl and up or B) at the upper roads end start. Either way I made it just fine, and have on a few occasions, w/ my Hyundai elantra GT. Some soft sand in a few spots but not deep. There has been a rock slide near the upper terminus of the road in Callville Wash that a bypass has been established around, but I chose not to try it in a passenger vehicle. It only adds 5-10 minutes of foot travel time before the roads ends anyway. One could also park at the Northshore Summit trail at the commodes and walk the ridge out to drop down into Callville Wash that way. I have done all of the above and it is just a matter of preference. Or one could park in Lovell Wash at the Anniversary Mine/Lovell Narrows parking spot and head up Lovell Wash thru the narrows. That parking I have also had no problem getting my Hyundai Elantra GT into on a few occasions. High clearance and 4wd definitely make it entirely worry free though no matter which start you choose.
RouteFrom wherever one chooses to start the easiest goal is the northwest flanks of North Gate, where a variety of options await for your ascending pleasure. Steep at the start but not difficult, and mellowing some as you gain some elevation. Excellent views await at the summit.
View from the summit
Rock in Bowl of Fire
Bowl of Fire escarpment
CampingThere are various campgrounds throughout Lake Mead NRA. See the Lake Mead NRA web site for regulations regarding primitive camping. There are nice sites along the Bitter Springs Backcountry Byway.
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Red TapeThere is an access fee for Lake Mead NRA, and abide by all Lake Mead NRA regulations