OverviewPt. 7378 is the second highest point in the Mormon Mountains of Southern Nevada, and sits in the heart of the range. Surrounded by deep canyons and steep cliffs, it is a very enjoyable hike. Access is first along a very good, graded gravel road. Then a rougher stretch to gain the Horse Spring TH, which a high clearance vehicle makes easier. Along the way are some of the numerous prehistoric cultural sites that dot the range. Summers would be quite hot here down low, and still pretty warm higher up, but with an early start may be more tolerable with plenty of water. Winter could see snow cover of varying depth. Spring and autumn would be the best bet.
Getting ThereNorth of Las Vegas, and just a few miles south of Mesquite, NV, take the Carp Elgin Interchange exit off I15, and head north. There will be a couple interpretive signs in a big gravel lot, and follow the paved road north east that parallels I15. After a couple miles it makes a 90 and heads towards the Mormon Mountains on good, graded gravel. Continue on this graded gravel road, over "The Summit", a gap just west of Davidson Peak, and down to the South Fork Toquop Wash jct. a few miles further. Head west and follow this rougher road for another few miles to Horse Spring TH, parking for a few vehicles. Along the South Fork Toquop Wash road are a number of prehistoric agave roasting pits, located as marked on topo maps, if one is interested. Also a habitation cave .5 mile or so west of the cattle gate one passes thru along the way, above South Fork Toquop Wash.
RouteFrom the Horse Spring TH, the ridge due west is the goal. Gain it as you like then continue along it north to the flat, open summit of Pt. 7378. I headed up an easy ridge towards Pt. 7211, then traversed in front (east) of it on steep slopes along good game trails to the saddle between it and Pt. 7281. Then stayed low along the west side of that to the gap between it and Pt. 7378. Then easy slopes to the summit.
CampingLots of great camping along any of the roads. You can't go wrong.
External LinksBLM Mormon Mountains Wilderness
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Camping is permitted, limited to 14 days. After 14 days campers must relocate at least 25 miles from previous site (interim
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