Hardest part was the initial climb to gain the ridge. From there the grade mellows out. GPS says it’s 6.7 miles out and back, 3,400 total feet gained if you stick to the ridge top.
Met a group of workmen birdwatching near the crest who could hardly believe I'd walked up from the gate and was continuing on to the summit. Didn't see another soul the rest of the way, and the last entry in the register was more than two weeks old! Massive burn scar from last year's fire.
Beautiful weather, cool. Staying right on the crest of the ridge seems to work best. Good views in all directions.
We walked the south road which was snow covered above 7000 feet. I tagged the south peak as well on the way down.
Other peaks we did during this trip include; Cheyenne, Muddy Mountain, Muddy Peak, Virgin, The Orphan, Silica Dome, Cairn, The Sentinel, East Redstone, Redstone, Mystery Cairn, Vista, Hayford, Clark, McCullough, Spirit, Stepladder, Big Maria, False Maria, Black Butte, Chuckwalla, Pinto, Orocopia, Toro, Santa Rosa, and Thomas.
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Didn't mind getting the majority of the vertical over with in the first 1.5 miles, but coming down that same section was hell on my knees. Otherwise, felt good and shared the summit with someone who approached via the wash/ridge to the West/Northwest.
Another quick training trip up the brutally graded service road.
Pics/commentary are here.
Very little snow this year and supposedly someone shotgunned up the snowcat that used to be up there. The approach and ridge road had also been regraded since my last trip.
Steep leg workout in the desert heat!
A beautiful afternoon hike! I was surprised at how few footprints I found!
On the route from the West: Easiest to follow the ridgeline/cliff edge. Although there are a few little ups and downs (including mild third class), the going is easier than wandering among all the trees.
I got a late start and was surprised by how slow going it was. I came down some cliffy areas in the dark.
Doing this in the clouds without much beta, we started from just before the "we'll shoot you" buildings on the Potosi Pass road, and ended up finding a class 3 route way on the west end of the west ridge. We (finally) summited in a light snow shower, descended near the old power line, and picked up an old trail back to the car.
Took the service road up from the gate -- a good leg-burner on the way up to the ridge. Great views in all directions, though the wind was intense and sandstorms began to kick up in the distance. Nobody else around, which was nice. I saw wild horses on the way in, and took a spin through Goodsprings at the end of the hike, which was interesting. Knees are a bit sore -- that steep paved road is really hard on the legs during the descent.
Couple stretches of the road were still holding a fair amount of ice/snow. (A maintenance truck got stuck in a snowbank while I was on the peak)
Nice clear day and great 360 views from the summit. Damn steep initial stretch of road.
Pics and trip report here.
I tried it as an training hike for C2C (Cactus to Cloud) hike. It was good but boaring. So, I have decided to descend the South East Face Canyon and hike back up to the 1st antenna tower then descent different way.
I also hiked up from Potosi Spring. It was fun clss 2-3 hike.
7.75 mile round trip.
From Potosi Spring trip report
A nice breeze kept the heat at bay. About ten miles from the gate round trip and it took me three hours up and two down. The last two miles are knee killers and I was glad I had trekking poles to save my aging knees. Signed the register that Sacha placed and noticed some familiar names. Great views from up there. I wanted a good workout for some upcoming and longer hikes in Arizona and this one filled the bill perfectly.
Nice trip up, except for nearly being run down by the service guys near the top. They should be added to Moapa's list of potential hazards.
Followed service road to the top. Nothing logistical. Just a good day out for a hike. Views are very nice in all directions. Evidence of 2005 fire everywhere, but parts are growing back nicely.
After Bridge Mtn in the morning, this one was rather bland. Still, a nice afternoon hike. Trip Report
STD RTE FROM WEST
ALSO CLIMBED FROM EAST 11/9/00 AND 5/12/01
Very Steep Road the 1st half of the hike. Great Views in all directions!