Ireteba Peak is the high point of the El Dorado Mountains. This peaked is named after Ireteba, a Mojave Indian Guide on the Whipple mapping expeditions
This peak is the next peak in the range North of “unofficially named” Bard Peak
. Great views are to be enjoyed of the Colorado River, Lake Mojave, Red Rocks and the Spring Mountains in the distance (Northwest) to name a few.
From Las Vegas drive South on HWY 93/95 towards Boulder City. Just passed the Railroad Pass turn south on HWY 95 towards Searchlight. Drive 28.2 miles and turn left (East) onto a dirt road just past mile marker 28. Go on this dirt road for 2 miles. Turn left and drive for 0.7 miles and then turn right on another dirt road. Then turn right onto another dirt road for 2.6 miles and park just before the road curves to the right (South). There will be a wildlife guzzler a little before the parking spot on the right. The coordinates for the parking spot are 35º 35.067 N and 114º 50.313 W. Elevation is approximately 3,880 feet. A 4WD is not needed to get here, but a high clearance vehicle is.
Alternative route if coming from the South
Driving through Searchlight at the intersection of HWY 95 and HWY 164, drive North on HWY 95 for about 7.6 miles. The dirt road is on your right. Turn right (East). Go on this dirt road for 2 miles. Turn left and drive for 0.7 miles and then turn right on another dirt road. Then turn right onto another dirt road for 2.6 miles and park just before the road curves to the right (South).
There are no permits needed to hike this peak.
Ireteba Peak from the saddle
This peak is can be hiked in conjunction with Bard Peak. From the parking area enter the wash just to the left (North) of your vehicle. Start hiking along the wash until you come to Bard Peak’s west ridge. Start hiking and scrambling up the ridge to Bard Peak. Total distance to Bard is about 0.9 miles. From here hike along the ridge to the North to Ireteba. It is about 0.4 miles. From here you can hike down Ireteba’s west ridge into the wash and back to the parking area. You can see your vehicle from the summit of Ireteba. Refer to this route
for specific directions on the route for the Bard-Ireteba combination route.
Alternatively you could hike up the wash to Ireteba’s West ridge and hike up. This however does not save much in elevation gain or distance and the talus is a lot more loose. Climbing Bard and descending using the route attached in the routes section, be prepared for very tough terrain where a slip is quite possible. The terrain though is gentle and a fall would be onto one’s rear.
External Links Jim Boone’s page of Ireteba Peaks Wilderness
Photos of Bard and Ireteba