Fortification Hill Climber's Log

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surgent - Feb 11, 2018 3:07 am Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2018

Cold and cloudy day  Sucess!

Followed the usual route up the east side and through the cliffs. Day was cold and cloudy, but nothing worse than that.


gimpilator - Dec 20, 2017 4:23 pm Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2017

The hill  Sucess!



jdmorehouse - Aug 28, 2017 5:42 pm Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2017

New Years Day  Sucess!

Easy hike on New Years Day with friends.


RaymondShevsky - Dec 25, 2014 5:28 pm Date Climbed: Dec 25, 2014

Christmas Day leg-stretcher  Sucess!

Enjoyable short hike with immense payoff for the effort: splendid views over Lake Mead and Southern Nevada.


fedak - Jan 5, 2014 4:41 pm Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2013

Main trail, ridge variant  Sucess!

Easy summit to kick off the 2014 winter season. Took the standard ridge route this time around.
Pics and commentary are here.


fedak - Dec 20, 2011 10:59 am Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2011

Main Trail, sort of  Sucess!

Ended up in the wrong wash at the start, and subsequently on the wrong ridge approaching the base of the cliffs.

Saw a small herd of 5 bighorns on my approach.
Pics and commentary are here.


mountaingazelle - Dec 4, 2011 12:02 pm Date Climbed: Nov 30, 2011

Fortification  Sucess!

It was a windy but clear day. Nice hike and great view of Lake Mead from the summit. I watched numerous tourist helicopters fly over the mountain on their way to the Grand Canyon.


philadendron - Nov 14, 2011 3:12 pm Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2011

SW route too loose

My wife and I tried the southwest route (starting by the outhouses). It's crazy how loose the rock is on some of the scrambles and even though it was fun, as we started to approach the summit cliffs, it was just too loose and exposed for our liking. We decided to turn around and made our own route back through a dry riverbed. Views of the lake were still nice from halfway up. My recommendation is to use the safer route that starts further up Kingman Wash.


fedak - Mar 27, 2011 6:59 pm Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2011

Standard Route  Sucess!

Nice quick easy summit with great views.
Desert wildflower season is just starting. Bit overcast but otherwise nice spring day.

Lots of noise pollution from the neverending stream of tourist copters bound for the grand canyon. (Never saw any returning- do they go back via a different cooridor?)

Pics and commentary are here.


ShinLV - Dec 11, 2008 1:38 am Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2008

Memorial hike  Sucess!

Our group climbed this hill on Nov.16th and one hiker fell and dead.
We returned there 3weeks later for memorial Hike.
hike album


fedak - Mar 27, 2011 6:55 pm

Re: Memorial hike

Saw the memorial above the class 2-3 crux. What's the story on how he fell?


WyoNative - Apr 20, 2008 3:37 pm Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2008

Main Trail  Sucess!

The wind sucked, but Tyler's company made the "up" part manageable!


jimegan - Feb 17, 2008 7:53 pm Date Climbed: Dec 27, 2002

Fortification Hill  Sucess!

Climbed with Pat and Terry to show them the views of the lake and Vegas


MoapaPk - Feb 9, 2008 10:51 pm Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2002

different conditions  Sucess!

The first time was my first trip with the LVMC, 8 mo. post brain damage. I watched as Toby was carried to the summit in a snowstorm.

Today I watched as Toby led the hike. Due to strange circumstances, I went up and down twice. And I was worried beforehand that I might not get enough exercise...

I've also been up by the SW face -- creepy, with too much loose rock.


Tracy - Apr 1, 2007 4:32 am Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2007

normal route, but at night  Sucess!

Gas-$12, ticket from the dam police-$125, views from the top of Fortification Hill under an almost full moon-priceless! Les Rekve and Joe Hall hiked/climbed with me to the top of this one. We signed the register at 11PM. Les's son Kirk and Joe's brother Ben hiked in a half mile but then waited for us to get to the top and back. Quite breezy tonight but the views of Lake Mead, Las Vegas, etc. at night were worth it. Didn't hear or see one single helicopter :)


diane - Mar 5, 2007 7:30 pm Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2006

great view  Sucess!

a group of us climbed this one on a windy day- amazed at the number of helicopters buzzing so close. great views of lake mead and beyond from the top.

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Jan 28, 2007 12:29 am Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2006

Via the MainTrail  Sucess!

Several times via the normal trail, once via the West Ridge. Pleasant mountain. We often see bighorn sheep when we do this hike. The slideshows are here: Fortification Hill 2005 , Fortification Hill 2006


cp0915 - Dec 29, 2005 12:28 pm

Route Climbed: trail (with variation) Date Climbed: Dec05  Sucess!

Followed the trail to the base of the cliffs. Instead of then following the trail north to the class 2-3 weakness, I headed straight up. Nicely exposed class 3-4 scrambling took me to the top of the mesa. A short walk from there took me to the highpoint. Saw two bighorns just below the summit.

I've done a hundred or more peaks in the Las Vegas area, and the view from the top of this one is unmatched.

A much better time than I had expected. Nice and short - about 1h40m car-to-car.

Did Mt. Tipton that morning.


SusanM - Sep 11, 2005 12:19 am

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: September 10, 2005  Sucess!

My seven year old son and myself hiked to the summit, the second time for him.

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