Came back, this time with a rope. Glad to clear up a failed attempt. DPS 45/97
Other peaks we did during this trip include; Potosi, Cheyenne, Muddy Mountain, Muddy Peak, Virgin, The Orphan, Silica Dome, Cairn, The Sentinel, East Redstone, Redstone, Mystery Cairn, Vista, Hayford, McCullough, Spirit, Stepladder, Big Maria, False Maria, Black Butte, Chuckwalla, Pinto, Orocopia, Toro, Santa Rosa, and Thomas.
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After reading some reports of problems with mine security, I was a little worried about this one. However, by staying on the clearly marked Clark Mountain Road (high clearance, rutted and rocky in places), after passing through the Public Access Gate I believe I was outside the mine boundaries. I parked at the picnic area and headed up. The class 3 section had a fixed rope this time. The rope looked new, but the slings were pretty faded.
Steep slog up loose limestone is the worst part of this hike. Otherwise the mountain is very beautiful, and from the summit area one can appreciate the green canyons and knife edges fanning off in all directions. Clark has kind of a "Land Before Time" prehistoric jungle feel, reminiscent of the Sheep Mountains in Nevada. Brought a rope and sling for the class 3 headwall, but thankfully did not need them. Best way up and down is to stick to climber's right and proceed with caution.
I slept in my car at the picnic area. Arrived after dark with rain showers and snow line at about 7,000. Route finding on the roads was a little challenging. Glad that Gimpilator recommended a rope. It made the descent of the scramble section a lot easier than it would have been.
I have done a good deal of class 3, 4, and 5 over the years. If the standard route is class 3, then it is oldschool class 3 aka class 4+. It's vertical for the first 10 feet and the holds are bad friction or tiny fingertip cracks. I knew I could ascend it, but had no wish to descend it without a rope, so I turned around. There's a rappel sling above the scramble. If I ever return I'll bring my short rope.
The roads on the map do not correspond to what is actually there, but using GPS, we were still able to make it to the picnic grounds in the dark.
We had a hard time making sense of the DPS hiking directions, but as long as you get to the correct notch in the cliffs, it doesn't really matter which ridge or gully you take up to that point. Nice views from the summit.
Hiked up from the picnic area following the ridge line to the left of the wash to the cliff bands. My partner wasn't feeling sturdy and decided to wait at the base of the Class 3 climb to the summit ridge. I made it up and back down in a short amount of time, not wanting to keep her waiting too long. We then drove on to Teutonia for a nice class 3+ scramble to the top of the granite out croppings there. A great way to end the month.
Been to this picnic area a few times and climbed once, simply outstanding views from the summit in every direction. Visited the crashed plane en route up (not much to see) and get lost on the drive in on the ever changing mine roads every single time this last time there was a gate to drive through.
Did this hike with 2 Canadian Hiker friends (Bob Spirko and Dinah). They attempted this hike previously without any beta and turn around at the class 3 spot since they didn't know that was the right route or not.
Anyway, to getting picnic area was little bit challenging since this area is currently under construction of huge water reservoir. It is around the ‘Tailings’ in the map.
The temporally dart road goes around the water reservoir and connect to the old road on the ‘wash’.
You can check the current dart road to the picnic area from here.
The hike was nice. Most part was class 2 and few class 3 spot. The class 3 spot described as ’20 feet’ was actually about 40 feet. I used the webbing for safety. There is an anchor near the top of the class 3 section.
The view from the peak was fantastic and hike was fun. Yet, I didn’t see many sign in at the peak register.
Here is my hiking album
I didn't bag the peak. I hiked up to assist a hiking buddy who had taken a bad fall the day before. He was awaiting a helicopter evacuation (which occurred while I was there) from the bottom of the headwall just south of the ridge, east of the cliff band. I was able to see him off as he was hoisted up to the helicopter. I then hiked out with 6 BLM fire crew members who had been with him since 2:30 am that morning through a very windy night (gusts up to 80 miles/hour). I drove his vehicle to UMC hospital in Las Vegas for him.
Although this climb was lots of fun and the summit was sunny and awesome, the picnic area was equally impressive. This is a huge year for pinyon nuts up there.
The snow line from recent storms was right about at the cliff band which made the 3rd class a bit spicy. Wont have to wonder about that mountain anymore on trips out to Vegas.
Quick hike with Bill Peters on the way home from Nevada. A light coating of snow made the crappy scree slope even tougher. The snow made the class 3 section very interesting.
Great views on this one. Not too hot (thankfully). The roads near I-15 to get to this one are confusing to say the least.
Hit the summit while resampling some Pinus monophylla for a complete chronology. Parked near the end of the road past the picnic area, went up the second gully from the left, and sampled trees all the way to the south ridge. Gained the summit, turned and followed the climber's trail back along the east ridge and down the cliff band. Followed the base of the cliff band, sampling trees back to the truck. Still a great peak!
CLIMBED WITH LVMC
Climbed via the beautiful north ridge. Very steep coming out of the "cirque" type formation on the north side, then some wonderful scrambling. Very spicy coming down the east side of the summit, and then steep as hell back into the "cirque". The White Fir are incredible!!
Quicker than I expected, and colder. Lost a bit of time attempting to head directly up the wash, but decided that 5th class moves on questionable rock 100 feet off the deck wasn't for me that day. The knife edge was fun on the way down.
Quick ascent/descent. A bit of class 3 on the ridge, guess I didn't know the cliff headwall was the primary way up. I wandered up and back along the base of the cliff instead. Trip Report
Clark Mt May/05
For the hike, we basically took the "southeast ridge" route. However, we didn't take the traditional "class 3" section on descent; instead we just went down the knife edge. The latter route is composed of good, frictional rock... but may be a bit tough on those who don't like exposure. Personally, I don't like loose rock (I have three scarred fingers to help exlain why), so I didn't want to descend the DPS class 3 route.
As for the road in: the map posted May 11, 2005 by ScottyS is good. Three people rode up to the picnic grounds in my Subaru Outback, but I had to watch clearance, and did bottom out a few times. Whatever you do, DON'T take the powerline road described in the older DPS notes (it's supposed to go by the substation). There is a road just a bit to the east that is MUCH better.