I climbed this sometime in 1978 after dropping my brother Eric off for his accordian lesson somewhere off of Alexander Road. I had to rush because his lesson was only an hour long. There was an American flag on top and not much else.
October 15, 2018 - climbed this for the 2nd time 40 years later. This time I went up the southeast ridge and then down the trail on the west.
Day 2 of my southern NV/UT tour. Feeling a bit guilty after my second consecutive late start and early finish (what is this, a vacation?), I decided to pop up this after scrambling around Red Rocks earlier in the day. Staying true to the crest of the south ridge, I didn't find anything harder than a couple of spots of exposed 3rd class, maybe easy 4th, but it was a fun scramble all the same--marred only by the KKK slogans and swastikas found along the ridge. Cool views of the city and surrounding ranges from the summit.
I went up from the northeast side and found the trail at the cement bench. Nice views from the summit and I think this is great to have as a conditioner for those who live in Las Vegas. It'd be great at night.
The cement bench and a warning sign about africanized bees behind it.
After first doing the north ridge before the friggin' highway was put in, I found out about the standard "trail" route.
Having then done the trail a hundred thousand times as a mid-week conditioner (and/or to take out of town friends/relatives up to see the city lights at night), I thought it appropriate to explore other routes.
The east ridge (indirect) was next - pretty cool... the 4th class dry waterfall was the highlight.
Some time later, I was going to solo the west face (directly), but chickened out. I went a little to the right...and did the indirect variation instead. I still wanna do that steep face directly...but roped. After doing the west face indirectly, I descended via the short but tedious west ridge.
After driving by the south ridge many many times, I decided to check it out one day. Not too bad - a couple short class 4-5 sections (if you stay true to the crest) that are fun.
This peak is ideal for those wanting a mid-week conditioner, those wanting to show out of town guests the city views, and for those who are passing through and want something light.
Considering the mountain's many routes, it is tailored to the casual hiker, the enthusiastic scrambler, and the climber alike.
-9/23/09: Ran up the south ridge again. Although I initially rated the route 5.1, I must now agree with Matthew's assessment that it's only 4th class. 30 minutes car-to-car.
-9/30/09: Did the south ridge again with DB and our buddy Ko. Met another buddy, who'd come up from the trail, on the summit. Spent an hour on top watching the sun get lower in the sky.
-5/13/10: Scrambled up the south ridge yet again, though this time I took the Bandanna Variation ~ a most excellent variation that features 100+ feet of sustained, steep class 4 with excellent holds.
-09/10: South Ridge w/DB
-10/12/10: Standard route w/Dimps