3 peak day.
I decided to do this "spur of the moment" since I was in the northwest corner of the Las Vegas Valley and found myself with some extra time. It took me an hour and 20 minutes car to car.
I approached from the north. I saw some neat alcoves in the cliffs of this peak. It was quite windy during the entire hike. There was lots of snow on Mount Charleston across the valley.
Out-of-the-way hikes like this are why I love SummitPost. A nice long walk through the desert with lizards and jackrabbits, and a fun, relatively quick ascent to the top. Lots of loose scree, not for novices -- my wife stopped slightly short of the peak. I walked the whole ridge; no mayo jar anymore. I looked everywhere.
The road is pretty tough; I'm driving a Corolla and it wasn't fun. Doable, but sadly I'm not sure if I could make it another six miles to the Gass Peak trailhead.
Nice Sunday workout. Found the old mayo jar register w/o a problem.
Well, I started out the morning by driving from Vegas to what I thought was the Kingston Peak trailhead...but something didn't seem right. I sensed an error (or perhaps a mis-read) in the driving directions had me in the wrong spot - so I decided to leave Kingston for another day.
I then moved on to Shadow Mountain, a trivial peak close to Kingston. Short and sweet.
I then moved on to the Ivanpah Mountain (in Mojave National Preserve), of which I still have a couple named peaks to tick off. Once again, poor directions landed me in the wrong spot...but I was close enough to cross-country it and bag Striped Mountain anyway.
I then moved on to Kokoweef Peak, where for the third time that day, poor directions landed me miles away from where I needed to be. I didn't realize it, of course, until I set out on foot, perplexed, and eventually climbed to the top of a ridge...and spied Kokoweef in the distance. Ugh, I had somewhere to be, so I left it for another day and headed home.
Well, a last minute change of plans had me soon driving to Castle Rock. No bad directions...and the summit views were fantastic. No register found, though.
Easy hike. It was a cold windy day though. Views of Las Vegas and surrounding area were stunning with all the snow topped peaks.