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Southwest Side

Southwest Side

Southwest Side

Page Type: Route

Location: Nevada, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.78960°N / 119.43°W

Object Title: Southwest Side

Route Type: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 2-3

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Page By: Matthew Holliman

Created/Edited: May 16, 2005 / Sep 28, 2006

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Driving Approach

Follow the directions on the main page to the 4WD parking area.

Route Description

Hike up the old 4WD track to where it fades into oblivion. Where convenient, drop down to the left into the wash below, and gain the obvious ridge on your left. Follow this northeast-trending ridge up for about 3,000 vertical feet, passing through a few rock bands on the way. Some--if not all--of these can probably be bypassed in favour of class 1-2 hiking; however, if taken directly, you can find a number of interesting and enjoyable class 3 options. (Be cautious on the rock; although it's mostly good quality granite, some of the friction slabs lower down have some decomposing rock that's less than dependable). The ridge is a scenic hike with no serious brush or other obstacles.

The ridge eventually reaches a broad bowl; the named summit is obvious at this point thanks to the radio installation on the top. Cross the bowl and angle left up sagebrush slopes to the summit. The peak has two summits at opposite ends of a NW-SE trending ridge. The southeastern one is the named point on the 7.5' (and as of March 2004, it also held the register, although this may since have been relocated), but the northwestern one appears to be slightly higher. (Compare these two pictures from ScottyS, taken from the two competing highpoints).

Round trip stats for the hike are approximately 6 miles and 4,000 feet gain. Route finding is trivial, but you can consult this map if you have any doubts.

Essential Gear



Granite Peak - southwest...Southwest ridgesSouthwest routeBelow the summit