path toward canyon
This is an interesting climb that can be accessed via Black Velvet canyon. There is a rough road that suggests high clearance being desirable which winds about 3 miles from highway 160 where there is a paved parking area for mountain bike enthusiasts. From this trailhead, the climb is estimated to be about 5 miles roundtrip and should take about 5 hours at a moderate, but steady pace. Elevation gained is estimated to be ~2,400’.
summit view toward trailhead
From the junction of state highways 159 and 160 just south of the town of Blue Diamond, head west toward Parumph, NV for approximately 4.75 miles and turn off to the right into the paved mountain bike parking area which has restroom facilities.
road from hwy 160 to trailhead
Continue past the parking area heading northeast on the pavement which soon ends and continues as a dirt road across the desert. This dirt track runs for about 3 miles to the trailhead for hikes into Black Velvet canyon and there is limited room for parking
While this peak is located in Red Rock National Conservation area, there are no requirements for an entrance permit in this remote portion.
See Red Rock NCA Home Page
There is a campground located south of SR159 two miles east of the entrance to RRCNCA. There is no developed campground within Red Rock NCA, although backcountry camping with a permit is allowed.
From the trailhead parking area, start hiking up the road leading toward the mouth of Black Velvet canyon and look for a hikers path that soon cuts off to the right in the direction of the canyon. Continue along this path staying on the left (south) side of the canyon initially.
view up canyon
There is a brief section of class 4 climbing to get above the initial dryfalls and then you basically follow the floor of the canyon bouldering up past the famous climbing walls of Prince of Darkness, Dream of Wild Turkeys, and Epinephrine.
black velvet climbing walls try not to swim
As you approach the upper regions of the canyon, you will notice a branch ascending toward the left and near this area there is a large bowl on your right which you will be ascending to head for Hidden Peak. There are numerous cairns marking the route placed by Branch Whitney and other hiking enthusiasts so search for them before striking out blindly.
route up from canyon
As the Google earth route photo indicates, the route out of the canyon initially heads NE toward the base of some cliffs before turning NW ascending a steep gully leading up toward a saddle before once again turning NE up the final several hundred feet to the summit.
View from trailhead