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North Peak - Spring MountainsVegas, AZ
Vegas, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking12.14 Miles 2,761 AEG
Hiking12.14 Miles   5 Hrs   27 Mns   2.36 mph
2,761 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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I headed out to do North Peak on Tuesday since I wanted to get some decent mileage, but needed to be done fairly early. No other vehicles at the parking lot when I got started, even though I didn't get out there as early as I had wanted to. The wind was very strong at the start, but lessened after about half a mile. The muddy road turned to ice within a mile, then quickly turned to snow, which got deeper the further I hiked. The last of the tire tracks in the snow stopped at about three miles, then there were some sets of footprints, which dwindled down to one set of tracks about a half mile after the tire tracks ended.

Nice day, and despite the cold temps, it felt great with no wind at that point. I made good time through the snow up to the top of the road--thank goodness for waterproof socks. At Rocky Gap Summit, I turned onto the true trail and continued to follow the one set of footprints through the snow. The wind picked up a little along this ridge, but still wasn't bad. Whoever the footprints belonged to had turned around about a mile from the summit. At that point, I was the first person up there since the snow on Sunday. Familiarity with the trail helped me stay on track, and in any moments of doubt, all I had to do was look at the trees to find the ones with cut branches, walk to that tree, then look for the next one in order to stay on the trail. The snow was almost a foot deep in places along the last mile, and a few steep spots took some extra effort to keep from sliding downhill.

Once at the summit, it was a quick scramble up the last ten feet to the top. Even with snow, those rocks are easy to get over. I had a snack at the top, took some pics, then headed back down. Easy hike back down, and it went quickly. I saw a few people back down at the trailhead, but other than that, I had that entire section of Red Rock to myself.
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