Second time on this peak, the first from the east two plus years ago. I'd have to say the east side route, although longer, was more pleasant.
I climbed these peaks during a 4 day solo trip. These two were the toughest peaks of my trip, due to the long southeast approach, loose rock over solid slabs, a class 4 crux section, dead GPS batteries from the start, no route description, navigating with only a paper map. What made it all worthwhile was the fact that I found an obsidian arrowhead during the approach.
Other peaks I climbed include Funeral Peak, Brown Peak, Dumont Dunes HP, and Stewart Point.
We followed the standard DPS route. Great views from this peak which has lots of prominence. This was the last peak of the weekend after Stewart Point and Pahrump Point the previous day.
Took a "nonstandard" route up the ridge between the two washes on the way up, finding a fair amount of loose desert stuff and some fun 3rd class. Found the standard route on the way down. Trip report.
I took the longer route in from the east side. Gentle upslope over easy country with little brush to impede progress. The wash had several easy but fun dry falls, then up the ridge to the summit. A solo hike, but great fun. Fourteen and a half miles.
Camped near the spring and climbed the DPS A route variation that takes you through a bit of 3rd class.
Fun peak, with nearby Nopah Peak, too. Trip Report
Took the standard route from Chicago Valley. Easy outing. Sunny on the way in and out, at times cloudy and bitterly cold on the summit. Great views all around.
Looks like you had a great trip.
There was something about the sheer isolation of the peak that fascinated me -- the register went back quite a ways.
We took a variation on the route described by Gary Craig in DPS 2001 archives. This was a long route (14.6 miles by GPS) that started off the Old Spanish Trail Highway (paved) SE of the peak. The route travels about 4 miles up a gentle, easily-traveled bajada. Then one cuts west up either a ridge or a wash (details and GPS log available to those who care). Our plan was to go north of the Craig route, then intersect the main N-S ridge between the two peaks (Nopah Peak and Nopah Point), so we could do both if time allowed. It didn't, and we just went to the DPS highpoint (though both compatriots wanted to try, anyway). Apart from some spastic route-finding class 3, the route was class 2, with some precarious talus (on steep slopes perched at the top of cliff bands that were invisible on descent). I was accompanied by The Canadian (eh?) and The Siberian (da?), who were amazingly good-humored. We took about 10 hours, and cruised down the bajada at 3 mph to get to the car before dark.
link: Nopah from southeast
Went back 12-10-11 and hit both the highpoint and the peak, again from the SE, off paved highway. About 16 miles RT and 4300' accumulated gain, a bit less than 9.5 hours for a group of 7.
With Courtney (below). I agree completely: The headwall and the scrambling up above it was by far the best bit of the day.
It might be nice to go back and climb the (reportedly) class 4 west face of Nopah Pk, and loop back via Nopah Pt some time... even if only to have an excuse to go back to Shoshone, so I can eat at the Crowbar Cafe again. Who knew you could find such good food in the middle of nowhere?
The headwall (and the scrambling just above it) was by far the best part of the day. The upper mountain was socked in, so no real views on the summit.