My first time was on November 23, 2001 with Bristol Ellington, Ross Burnett, and Ross's brother-in-law, John Obrey. I brought my sons Lance (age 12)and Travis (age 11) along but they waited in the small forested area just below the summit. We drove our 2-wheel drive, full-size, one-ton Ford Clubwagon van all the way to Red Rock Summit.
My second time was on December 17, 2005, with Pete Liscio, who chose to wait at the saddle and avoid the steep stuff. We drove a Jeep up the Willow Springs side and down the Lovell Canyon side. Note: FOR THOSE THINKING OF JEEPING/DRIVING THE BACK SIDE BETWEEN RED ROCK SUMMIT & LOVELL CANYON, IT IS NOT PASSABLE BUT FOR THE HARDIEST OF VEHICLES (LOCKING AXLES, OVERSIZE TIRES, AND LOTS OF GUTS).
I did a repeat of the second trip on October 19, 2007 with Steve Dush. Same Jeep route, same hiking route, 5 hours Jeep to Jeep time. 7.5 hours from Steve's house and back. I had new boots that were giving me blisters and ended up doing the sandstone scramble ascent in my barefeet.
February 4th, 2011, I took three co-workers - Michael Tassi, Eddie Dichter, and Scott Majewski (and Michael's brother Greg) again from the Red Rock Pass trailhead. Michael and Greg stopped at the big tenaja (huge sandstone pothole full of water) just above the natural bridge and Scott turned around halfway between the tenaja and the very top. Eddie and I signed the summit register then Eddie hiked back to the Jeep with the others while I took a side trip over to Bridge Point which involved a scary exposed traverse I probably wouldn't do alone again.
My eight year old son made it to the summit! Awesome!
Awesome peak in an awesome setting... fantastic scenery, fantastic rock, fantastic scrambling. You can put your feet just about anywhere on the rock here, and they'll stick. Amazing place. Drove about a mile up the Rocky Gap road from Lovell Canyon, hoofing it the rest of the way, tagging North Peak on the way back as an easy bonus. This made for a short day, the first of ten I spent out in southern NV and UT over Thanksgiving.
My first visit to Red Rocks, but definitely not my last.
A long hike coupled with some stunning class 3-4 climbing and amazing scenery in the natural arch area took us to the base of the summit block. We wanted to climb the northeast arete, but there was ice in the watercourse to get to the base of the route so we forged a line straight up the face above the hidden forest. It was great! Going back however, we decided to pick our way down a gully into Pine Creek Canyon on the north side of the Mescalito. Do not try this unless you want to leave gear! We got sucked in and descended the 600' of slabs then the gully pinched down and we had to do two rappels around 100' waterfalls to reach the floor of the canyon. We downclimbed some 5.6 terrain, but left some gear at the bottom to make the final 90' rappel into the canyon floor. I repeat, do not drop straight south off the col before the 4th class section. There are confusing cairns but this is not the "3rd class" route that we thought it was.
Big fun, loved the arch and the climbing. Half of our party failed to summit due to nervousness about the exposure.
The class-3 approach to the summit was definitely easier on the way up than it was on the way down.
Pat Brennen and I did this route up Bridge Mtn. via Ice Box Canyon. We started by climbing the refridgerator wall up and left of the frigid air buttress on a 4 pitch route called "Burlesqe". From the top of the route we downclimbed and rapped into the narrow canyon that origionates below the Northeast Arete. We made our way up the steep walled, stream filled canyon swiming across pools that blocked our way. We left the canyon because it was becoming increasingly difficult (and the water was freezing) and headed up long slabs east of the arete. 12 hours and several unroped and roped pitches later we stumbled onto the "Magic Traverse" which brought us to the base of the route. We bivied that night and fired the route the next morning.
This trip was more than just a climb it was a great adventure. The scenery is incredable, And Bridge Mtn. is truely unique among the peaks at Red Rocks. You have to get this summit. We hiked out on a trail to the west and took the dirt road back to Willow Springs.