It's an easy climb and a nice place to bring out-of-towners for a quick peak and beautiful view of the city. It is surrounded by a 2+ mile dirt-packed walk/horse/bike track and an adjacent parks with plenty of parking, restrooms, picnic tables, shelters, etc.
Nice for a local access peak!
Went with my family as a Thanksgiving morning activity. Quick and steep. Took my daughter on my back in her carrier, she fell asleep on the way down. Lots of tantalizing scrambles visible from the path that goes all the way around Lone Mountain.
Fun little hike. Took the boy with and we were up top in half an hour, even dawdling and taking pics. Took the trail from the end of Vegas Vista Dr.
We're gonna make a regular conditioning hike out of this. It's great for that if you're a local.
Great vantage point to view the obscene urban sprawl of Vegas. Lots of people and litter. Headed over to Mount Golden Eagle, which was entirely different.
Climbed this after attending the CON EXPO show in Las Vegas. It was nice to get out after eating so much food for the previous two days. Lots of people on the mountain. I met some hikers/climbers as well out for a training hike up and down the mountain. Nice views..
Thanksgiving Day tradition hike with my sister, her husband and their 6 kids, ranging from 12 to 2. The 4 year old hiked the whole thing.
After a multi-day approach and numerous objective hazards, at long last, we arrived at the base of the climb. Upon surveying the peak, it clearly presented numerous challenges of its own. After hauling our port-a-ledge to a third of the way up for a bivy (unplanned that low), we spent three days on the wall due to inclement weather. After watching avalanches cascade near our wall-side bivy, we then proceeded to crawl with our remaining sinew and grit to the summit of this mighty mountain.
We rejoiced and regaled, however, the task was only halfway done. Now for the hard part, descending this peak. Much to our chagrin, we discovered that there was a heavily used "use trail" with a strange rock feature that was placed there, not by God, but by man - A BENCH.
While we were happy to see the bench, unfortunately it was already occupied like the hut on the other side, by a Las Vegas native vagrant. The wildlife in this area is rather feisty, even after explaining our epic on the other side. He proceeded to query us for our spare change, to which we decidedly turned and fled the mountain.
Five minutes and 400 vertical feet later, we were among the local ghetto bastards and other plebeians lost in suburban hell. I'm not sure what was worse, the West Face of Lone Mountain or the ensuing events which transpired.
I challenge the author of this on his claim that this is a local mountain. I would liken the challenge of this peak to that of a 8000 meter peak, minus 7500 meters, add about 100 degrees, and remove the snow. Quite the epic indeed.
After a business meeting in Vegas, three of us hiked to the top of Lone Mountain. Great view for the amount of effort. We had strange weather on this day in April. It was snowing in the morning and cloudy and nice later in the afternoon.
I do this hike quite often.at least weekly with girlfriend, most often from north west trail off (vista trail rd) the start of the trail is loose gravel with moderate incline which makes it slippery coming down (most weekend hikers slip right at the end of the trail on the loose gravel)other than that its great quick hike with great views of city and bigger peaks to the west, it is great night hike as the strip lights make for great pictures and coming down at night is not as hard as you might think as the trail is clearly visible(except at bottom)
This mountain has a series of relatively "secret" (they aren't well known) bolted sport routes on the southeast ridge that are easily reached from the south parking lot of the park off of Jensen. They range in difficulty from 5.6 to over 5.12 and are plenty fun! Because so few people know about them (yet), you will probably have them all to yourself. Look for a big chimney near the base of the southeast ridgeline for the start of the routes. CAUTION: These routes were obviously put up by some very good climbers; they have bolts on the crux sections but are fairly runout over any 5.5-5.7 terrain that doesn't contain a route's crux move!
I summitted solo on the front-end of a business trip to the area. The "standard route" parking was empty, except for "no tresspassing" signs, so I opted to park in the Clark County neighborhood park off Jensen Dr. and head north around the toe of the north ridge and swing around south until I hit the standard trail to gain the saddle. I had this mountain all to myself on a sunny - albeit blustery - day. There were times I stayed far from the edge near the summit to avoid literally being blown off the mountain! Enjoyed the views of surrounding mountains.
My pal and I hauled up some camp chairs to sit and watch the city fireworks display. I never saw the summit so packed with people!
This is an easy one. Climbed it in the pouring rain for the added challenge.
Three ascents/descents in one hour. A good place to survey Las Vegas' sea of houses.
This mighty mountain has been associated with at least one fatality -- but the person was probably killed somewhere else and just dumped by the trail.
Climed in Feb, Mar, and May 06. Great mountain to practice rock scrambling and just messing around.
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.
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