I had to make my way up this peak. With highs in the low 70's reported for later in the week, it was time to make it up this mountain. Hiked with Maddie, before work. It is a steep road, and I'm glad I brought a trekking pole!
This was part of a month long solo peakbagging trip in which I hiked every day and got 70 peaks in 30 days. I hiked the north road and bagged all 4 peaks before driving over to do Mount Wilson in Arizona later that day.
For numerous photos and brief route descriptions see the trip report.
On an overcast day. Really impressed by the steepness of the road. This is no stroll.
A great perch above the city. Communications antennas are all over both summits but they do not mar the excellent west-east views. Such a steep access road/trail.
First time was via the unimpressive jeep trail from the broken glass-desecrated parking area off Lake Mead Blvd. Second time was directly up from the Mormon temple: fantastic! Some fun class 3 sections and beautiful rock.
If you think that is steep go check out the Potosi Mountain service road :)
Nice morning workout with some great views. Worth the short, steep effort.
An afternoon hike. Never again, though. The views of Lake Mead was OK, but the other side was just mucky Las Vegas.
Had this one on my list for awhile. Steepest dirt road I've ever seen. Tough uphill, but not long, and the views are great.
Nice quick up-and-down the road in about 2 hours -- had to hustle since a massive storm swept over downtown Vegas as I was approaching the summit. Way too much trash up there; good views, though, and a very different kind of mountain than I am accustomed to hiking.
Lung and calf buster. Great night hike, started from parking area and went back the same way.
Finally got around to hiking Frenchman, which is just a few miles from my parents' home in Henderson. Followed the road because I was very curious to see just how steep that road was! Hike itself was easy, a good workout, with clouds and a cool wind. Visited both summits, although I chose not to break the law and shimmy inside the northern fence. Views are spectacular.
Cool winter day.
Took the standard road route from Lake Mead Blvd.
Pics and Map are here.
By Mormon temple.
Had a couple hours to kill while waiting for my wife to fly into Vegas. The 'access' road is probably the steepest lose gravel path ever called a road... A real ankle twister if you are not careful! But the view of Vegas at dusk is impressive...
This is the first mountain I climbed when I moved to Las Vegas. I approached from the Mormon Temple, the West, and a slim trail quickly turned into class 3 bouldering. Great quality of rock for the climb. Great view from atop. I went down, up to the Northern peak, then down the North side using a loose and dusty jeep path.
I recommend approaching from the West and looking over the Eastern edge at the South end of the peak.
I originally planned to run this, but after getting up the first section and scoping the next "UP", it became more of a hike :)
Hiked the road and did the chain link fence belay to get to the high point. Visited both summits and the north one is definitely higher.
first time climbed in 2002 up the road from Lake Mead. second time climbed up a gully on the west face from in between Bonanza and Washington. Up in 1hr 15min. down in 1hr 15min. Nice views. Made it back to the car just as it got dark. Awesome sunset set the sky on fire. Third time went up the ridge from behind the LDS temple, some fun class 3 scrambling on the upper half.
Delightful little night hike with cool temps, perfect for hiking. Nice views, too. Joined by Tom Becht and Bill Peters. Trip Report