This is a short but rewarding hike. The views from the top are tremendous! A good workout. There's no way to get lost, but the braided trail allows for some fun "route-finding," particularly toward the top of the gully.
In the middle of summer, I knew we were asking for punishment, but we did it anyway. It was 100+ deg F at the trailhead and 95 deg F at the summit. Needless to say, we were the only ones on the summit and we ran across a couple of others out there. There was a good breeze at the top but it was like a hair dryer on "hot" blowing in your face. We both had 2 liters of water each when we began and it was all gone by the time we got back to the car. Although it was brutal, it was a nice hike and we got a nice view of Red Rock and Las Vegas.
A nice little hike. Very crowded on the summit.
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I've climbed this peak four times now. It's a nice place to take visitors when they come to Las Vegas and want a challenging hike but are pressed for time.
2003 September 14: I like this trail, and it is at an elevation that is comfortable to hike all year. I will be addicted soon.
2003 November 23
2004 May 16
2004 May 18
2004 May 24
2004 September 01
2005 January 23
2005 March 26
2006 May 07
2008 May 25: Hiked with my wife and carried DayHikerJr.
A little windy at the top, but Vegas was clear due to the wind. I could see Lake Mead, which normally is hidden by smog.
I climbed this peak twice today. The first time was just a morning run up the standard trail.
Half-way through the day, I got an e-mail from John asking if I had ever taken a look at the SW face with climbing in mind. I said, no, and promptly drove out to Red Rocks to have a look.
I bushwacked up to the face and found the left side to be very loose, dirty, and steep, so I hiked around to the right side. This seemed a little better. I followed a short section of 5.easy up to a class 2 ramp. Then I followed the ramp for a few hundred feet to a headwall. I climbed the loose, steep limestone for a couple hundred feet to the summit. This last section was 5.6-ish.
I don't recommend this climb to anyone. There were only a few enjoyable moves and lots of pulling on questionable rock. There's a huge amount of excellent rock at Red Rocks, so don't waste your time on this piece of crap.
Too windy and cold today to climb anything serious, so I ran up Turtlehead instead. When I got down, I did a little bouldering near the Sandstone Quarry parking lot.
Always a nice diversion on a Vegas trip.