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Gass Peak - DNWR, NV

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Difficulty 4 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 6.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,911 feet
Elevation Gain 2,030 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,180 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17.5
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Backpack Possible - Not Popular
Dogs not allowed
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:34am - 5:27pm
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Overview
Gass Peak (elevation of 6,943 feet and prominence of 2,023 feet) is in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge(DNWR), which is about 30 miles north of Las Vegas. The DNWR encompasses 1.6 million acres and it is the largest wildlife refuge in the continental United States.


History
Gass Peak is named for Octavius Decatur Gass (1828-1924), who is known as the "Father of Las Vegas". Gass settled in present-day Las Vegas in the 1860s; at the time it was part of Mohave County in the Arizona Territory. In 1865 Gass was elected to the lower house in the Arizona Territorial Legislature, and he was able to use his influence to create Pah-Ute County from the northern part of Mohave County. Alas, in 1867 the United States Congress transferred much of Pah-Ute County to Nevada. Despite this, Gass continued to represent Pah-Ute County in the Arizona Territorial Legislature for another 3 years even though he was living in Nevada.

Mr. Gass led an interesing life, and inquisitive readers of this guide may wish to read this wikipedia article or do a DuckDuckGo search on Octavius Decatur Gass.


Hike
The hike begins and ends at the Gass Peak Trailhead. The hike is on an old roadbed for about 1/4 mile, then continues the rest of the way on a user trail. The trail is well-defined most of the way, although it is a bit faint in a place or two. There is mostly scrub desert vegetation along the way, and you can see Gass Peak almost all the way on the ascent as there is no vegetation tall enough to block your views. It would be difficult to get lost on this hike, although those who are directionally challenged might want to bring a GPS track just to be on the safe side.

The trail is very steep in a few places and there are no switchbacks, so many hikers may need to stop for an occasional breather. That is a good excuse to stop and enjoy the scenery anyway.


The views at the summit offer quite a contrast: to the north is a vast, remote, and glorious wilderness, while to the south is the Las Vegas sprawl. You'll have a good view of the Spring Mountains to the west, and you can catch a glimpse of Lake Mead to the east.

Return to the trailhead the way that you came.

It can get very hot in this area in the summertime, and there is lots of sun exposure. As a result, this hike is best done in the fall or spring. Winter hiking is also possible, although there can be some occasional snow.

Check out the Official Route and Triplog.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2022-04-03 DixieFlyer
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    The hike begins and ends at the Gass Peak Trailhead.

    From Las Vegas:
    1) go north on Highway 95 for about 20 miles.
    2) turn right on paved Corn Creek Road and go about 4 miles, passing the DNWR Visitors Center on the left
    3) Just past the visitors center, turn right on Alamo Road and go about 0.3 miles
    4) Turn left on the signed Mormon Well Road and go about 4 miles
    5) Turn right on the signed Gass Peak Road and go about 8 miles to the Trailhead, which will be on your right.

    Once past the visitors center, all roads are unpaved. The roads are maintained, but they are very bumpy so you will want to drive a vehicle with a good suspension. When dry, a higher clearance SUV should be able to make the drive, although you will mostly see 4WD vehicles on the roads. Gass Peak Rd. is a single-track road, but it is wide enough to avoid pinstriping your vehicle.

    Google maps can get you to the trailhead if you search for "Gass Peak Trailhead". Trailhead coordinates are: 36.4348, -115.15925
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