Delightful little night hike with cool temps, perfect for hiking. Nice views, too. Joined by Tom Becht and Bill Peters. Trip Report
Arrived in Vegas at 9PM after spending Thanksgiving with the family when Bob and Bill talked me into the night hike. Up on top by 11PM -- spectacular city views.
Good Full Moon Hike!
Climbed the mountain in search of several geocaches.
I took my friend and his girlfriend up the mountain to watch the sunset over Vegas then the city lights turn on. The hike up is very ugly and tons of trash all over, but the views of Vegas at night were just spectacular. The first half of the hike was quite hot since it was around 104 out but the wind on the second half cooled things down nicely.
Steep road but fantastic views on a clear LV day. Did both summits on top ridge, each with a tower set up but did stop short of trespassing inside the fence on the north one. At the fence on its highest spot, I was just a few feet shy of the true highpoint.
Despite the lack of scenery on the way up and the repeater stations at the top, this may be the best view of Las Vegas, outside of a helicopter. Fantastic 360.
Probably the least scenic hike I've done in the area - view at the top was great, but the broken bottles, trash pile, and access road left a lot to be desired.
Hiked Evening after Sunrise Mt. Hike to see the Nellis Air show.
Took 55 min up and 40 min down. Nice View from the peak.
Nice afternoon hike.
Hiked the west face from the Mormon Temple. Stayed on the trail most of the way then scrambled some 3rd class en route to the summit. The rest of the valley was getting rain, snowing in the Spring Range.
W FACE WITH PAT AND THE 3 AMIGOS
ALSO CLIMBED N RIDGE 1/4/04
I've climbed this mountain half a dozen times over the years. Most recently on October 11, 2004 & May 23, 2005.
The last time I went up via the access road with a group of people at night. The views of the Las Vegas lights at night are awesome from the top.
The access is road is extremly steep with lots of loose rocks. Watch you footing going up and down.
I climbed this one on my first paid holiday with my then 13-year old sister, Laura. We made it to the top via the Mormon Trail on January 15, 1990, in about an hour - did it again via the west face on January 19, 2013 with Dick Wimmer and Howie Vander Meer. I had previously been to the top with a mountain bike on Nov. 27th, 1982 and I'll never do that again.
I have since been to the summit five more times in my Jeep. Most recently I was up there on October 13, 2007. That has given me the chance to take my 70-year old Dad who's health doesn't allow him to hike anymore. He's the one who whetted my appetite and got me interested in all this hiking stuff.
After seeing this peak dominating the skyline on a previous visit to Vegas, I decided to hike up here in the evening to see the city lights. Not sure that it would be worth the effort in daylight unless you'd run out of other peaks in the area, but it's a decent enough way to get a bit of exercise at night. That road is pretty damned steep, and the footing is quite unpleasant--loose crud on top of solid ground, tough going up, and not quite loose enough to just run down on the descent either. Used the headlamp in places, but for the most part the city lights were sufficient to hike along the road.
I hadn't realised just how big Las Vegas is until I got to the summit...
A nice hike.
March 22, 2005 - I originally thought I had climbed via the Pack Trail, but re-reading the trail description, have decided that I took another route. This route is well marked, and ascends via the gully that parallels the Pack Trail. I'll try to post photos soon:
February 23, 2005 - Just visiting the area this week, and decided to climb Frenchman. Looked at aerial photos, this website, and scoped out the mountain. The next day, I climbed via the Pack Trail. No problem finding the trail from the 4x4 road. Green and white arrows point the way up the main gully all the way to the summit... would be hard to lose the trail. Class II+. I purposely went off-trail to climb some Class III pitches. From the summit, I continued south along the ridge all the way to the southern end of the mountain. Several knife edges with exposure made things interesting. I tore-up my hands on the sharp limestone rocks... bring gloves.
I don't understand why this mountain isn't overrun with hikers. I've climbed close to 100 mountains, and this may just be my favorite.
Today my brother Butch and I set out to do the first two legs of the East Face route. We blasted through the first leg, the washes, in about an hour-fifteen. The second leg, to the bottom of the east face slot was our ultimate destination. No summit planned. The dilemna is that by the time you get to the slot, you have so much effort invested that it's difficult to turn back.....and we didn't. We hauled out onto the face and 3 hours after starting we were on top. This was my second and my brothers first trek up this route. The "Mc Gibbon Step" 150 vertical feet below the summit gave us each pause and we carefully and deliberately scaled this exposed step. The fall off the step might not kill you but the 1200 foot tumble to the bottom most certainly would! A great day that reenforced the lesson... "that which doesn't kill you only makes you stronger." Frenchman's.......Viva la' Vegas!
I had my bachelor party in Vegas back in 2002. In between all the debauchery, a few friends and I took the time to rent a Jeep and go off-roading in the desert. There were some great Jeep trails out there, strewn with old refrigerators and TVs that the rednecks had shot full of holes. We found the access road to Frenchman Mountain by chance and started driving up it. Looking down into the gully next to the road, we noticed the carcasses of a few cars smashed to pieces hundreds of feet below us. At this point we decided it would be a better option to proceed on foot. Turning the Jeep around and getting it back down turned out to be a harrowing experience due to loose rocks and gravel. I made sure to “direct” the driver from a safe distance. (We filmed everything, just to make sure we caught anything cool on tape.) We hiked up to the top of a ridge and the view of the trail down a valley and up to the summit came into view. Very nice. Two of my friends were in sandals and decided they didn’t want to do the rest of the climb, so my buddy Rob and I continued on. Up at the top, at the radio installation, there was a fantastic view of Vegas and a sheer drop on the other side. What a great day… I only expected to be partying all weekend and I happened to be able to bag a peak as well. We headed halfway back down to where our buddies were supposed to pick us up and we ended up being a couple of hours early. We took the time to heave an old washing machine off a cliff and caught the whole process on camera. Why a washing machine was up there… I have no clue. Must have been the ‘necks again. We saw some fighter planes buzzing around the mountains – must have been from the nearby base. Eventually we were picked up in the Jeep and headed back to the city of sin.
Miserably hot in the summer but the summit view was worth it.