Took me about ninety eight minutes to climb to the summit, although I sat down a few times on the first hill to see if people stopping at the parking lot were actually hikers or just casing cars. I’ve never seen a parking lot before with so much broken window glass and the entire base of the mountain is a bullet swept wasteland of shattered glass and shot up targets. The top however was almost completely trash free and had spectacular views of Vegas to the west. Mixed bag.
When I was 15 in 1984, a good friend and myself rode our bicycles up Bonaza Rd to the base, hid the bicycles, and climbed up the front of this thing. We were unaware of any trails or the service road in the back. Got to the top in about 4 hours and backdown in a couple hours. We were able to catch a chuckwalla lizard at about a third of the way up, we didn’t know they existed in Las Vegas. We took pictures, if I can find them I’ll post one. This was a super memorable experience for me.
Standard road and then around the fence.
Temps weren't bad but the chilly wind up top kept my summit time to a minimum. Little-marred views to the east (unlike Black Mountain), but the city itself was dulled by a weak sun. Man, what a steep road.
Sent a drone out on an automated mission to catch the Las Vegas westward reveal at the second saddle and wound up crashing into the first saddle. Someone had to get it. For an unseasoned climber...3 minutes to lose the drone, 3 hours to recover. Lucky I climbed bleachers at the local high school stadium between May 1 and August 31 the summer before. Only aches and pains I had were my ankles from giving with the loose rocks.
Brought trail running shoes thinking I could run it. Turns out, not so much. That road is incredibly steep.
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.