Look out for the herd of bighorn sheep know to roam the summit area.
Usually as part of a loop.
I hiked/climbed this via the ridge that is just south of the ridge route described by LV Hiker on the SP page. That route had a couple of Class V sections that caused me to question my judgement for choosing that route. After topping out, I bagged Peak 5356 to the West and then descended the route described by LV Hiker on the SP page(a much better route for hikers). From the end of Buckskin Court, it took me 3 hours and 3 minutes car to car.
Came up via the steep solid slopes SE of the peak. The going was pleasant because the footing was solid and the peak offered a good way to get some exercise. Made the summit in just over an hour then continued along the ridgeline for a couple more peaks before descending through a narrow canyon.
thank you very much for the information. it's a lot longer hike than i thought,it took me 2 hours 33 minutes from horse corral off cheyenne to the top,did not want to come back down the same way, so i headed north along ridge line, big Mistake should have followed the ridge farther towards box canyon before desending.at the highest peak 5392' started heading north east down east facing slope rolled ankle at about 4800' on the loose rock.
if you get hurt up here your screwed, i limped back to truck 6 hours round trip.
next time bringing some else.
Hiked w/Mike from 215 and Cheyenne hoping to enjoy an epic ridgewalk and reach La Madre or even Snoopy and exit toward the Red Rock Loop for pickup. Turned out to be tough going rather than a neat ridge walk. We did a lot of small peaks along the way and after E La Madre, we dropped a bit for a traverse along the S face of La Madre. As it was getting dark, we climbed down and hiked back to our start point in a 10 1/2 hour effort. Mike later went back and climbed up the ridge from E La Madre to La Madre, so our mistake was not attacking it headon.
My other experience with Summerlin peak was several years earlier when the 215 was being built. I rode my mountain bike from home to near the base and climbed up from the south. Next day, my bike tires were flat from small cactus spines encountered on the trip. Not to be repeated!!
1st time climbed this peak. Took the almost same pass on the map. Its bit harder than Turtlehead Peak hike. About 5.5 miles round trip, 2,000+ elevation gain.
I couldn't find the log book at the peak. I found a pencil and broken plastik bottle near the peak but book. I will bring new box and book next time I go there.
Via SE ridge, definitely a trudge, but good views, and a few rare raindrops on top.
Nice Sunday morning workout summiting this peak. No kidding about all the fossils in the rock. I haven't seen that many fossils since I did some part time work at a retirement home. j/k :)
Also got to see a group of 12 bighorn sheep scampering off as I topped out on the ridgeline before crossing the bowl to the summit. The weather was closing in, so that higher peak further west on the ridgeline will have to wait. A three hour round trip overall. I parked where the asphalt ends by the office park.
I've done this peak via two routes, the SE Ridge being the better of the two.
Well this weekends little hike really kicked my ass. I was looking for a challenge...and let me tell you...I found it.
The peak tops out at an elevation of 5082 ft.
You'll have to climb about 2000 ft. to get to the summit. The hard part is that you'll climb that 2000 ft. in only about 3 quarters of a mile!
I contacted a guy I knew online that had hiked this one before. Having done some of the other hikes he's done but never meeting him I assumed him to be somewhere around my age.
I based this assumption on the fact that I've done some of the other hikes he's recommended and they were quite a challenge.
I was quite surprised, when talking to him on the phone, to find out he was over 70 years old. WOW over 70 and he's still doing these types of hikes! I told him I only hope I can do the same when I'm his age....hell I hope I can still be doing this 10 years from now lol
For those of you who live in Vegas I'm sure you've probably seen Summerlin Peak. It's the big mountain just to the West of the 215 and Cheyenne..
I arranged to meet Bernie near the corner of the 215 and Cheyenne at 10 AM. We met up with no problems. Bernie loaded his gear into the back of my truck and we took off down and old dirt road for about a mile to where we'd start our hike.
It's funny, when you look at some of the photos it dosen't look that steep. But take my word for it...it's steep as hell. The day after hiking this my thighs were really aching.
The terrain itself wasn't harder than any other terrain I've hiked on...actually it was easier then some. It's just the continual upward trudge that grinds on you.
I always like seeing petrified seashells in the rocks around the Las Vegas Valley and this hill has quite a few. It's hard to imagine that eons ago this entire area was covered by a sea...yet today it's so barren.
Usually I look forward to coming down off of a mountain after the hike up, because it's much easier going coming down. This wasn't the case coming off of Summerlin Peak. The terrain is so steep you really have to watch every step. At one point I twisted my ankle coming down. Nothing serious, but there after I was watching my footing very closley.
I could tell my dog Hobo was having a rough time coming down as well. I noticed that at the summit she had a distinct lack of energy. Droopy eyes, wanting to lay down and nap, disinterest in her surroundings. I've seen this type of behavior from her before when she does a strenuous hike with me.
On the way down I could see her legs shaking while trying to gain her balance. And she was hesitant to jump from rock to rock where she'd normally have no problems. I could tell the roughness of the rocks were hurting her paws.I kept checking to make sure her paws weren't bleeding. They never did. Had I seen any blood I would have insisted on carrying her down so as she wouldn't tear her paws up anymore. Fortunatly I didn't have to do this. She made it down with nothing worse then extreme exhaustion. She went to sleep as soon as we hit the road home.