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Nov 16 2019
nikorock28
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37 male
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 Kingman, AZ
Grapevine Canyon - Peak Contour 3772, AZ 
Grapevine Canyon - Peak Contour 3772, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2019
nikorock28
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
1,500 ft AEG
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I consumed the remainder of my almond milk and needed to make a trip to Sam's Club in Bullhead City for replenishments, so I thought I would revisit peak contour 3772. Got started around 2:30PM. When I was here a few weeks ago, it felt like the pathways were a bit more discernible. This time, it pretty much felt all off trail. The question is always should I go straight up or contour along and you kind of end up doing some combination of both at various points. I ended up higher and above the white rock section I turned around at previously, which left a good eye's view to the peak. I got to the base of the summit slab and continued up the chute, which had a little more vegetation than I had hoped for. I took the chute as far as I could, where there was nice views to the north, east and south. Climbing the summit slab from this location was a no go. I went back down the chute and over to the south base of the peak. It might be possible to climb up from this location; that is, for someone more daring than myself.

In general, while descending, it felt like I contoured along a lot more. For me, it is always so much easier to go up steeply than to go down steeply. There are some fun sand scree like sections that you can smoothly glide down, but the rest of it requires just a touch more caution, for me anyways. As I was coming down, there was a park ranger at the mouth of the wash. He followed the way I returned through the wash and departed once returning to his vehicle.

I like this area. Maybe I will hike the actual trail next time or get a feel for Spirit Mountain.
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Nov 12 2019
nikorock28
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37 male
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 Kingman, AZ
Camelbak Rd. - Kingman, AZ 
Camelbak Rd. - Kingman, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2019
nikorock28
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
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Camelbak Rd. is at the base of Bull Mountain. The pavement turns to dirt and continues to head west, along the south faces of the mountain. The road is quite rocky a good portion of the time, with smooth stretches of walking sparse. I took the road to the saddle, which is positioned just past the southwestern cliffs of Bull Mountain. There is a nice view back down canyon towards Kingman, as well as to the hills/peaks/mountains to the west. This was my turnaround point. I could see that the road continues on, dropping steeply (about 200 feet in 0.12 miles), turns left and then steeply climbs up the hill, with what appeared to be another nasty grade. I went down about 100 vertical feet or so to get a feel, then turned around and headed back the way I came.

I studied an online satellite/topo map and it appears the road continues on for several more miles, all the way to the residential developments of Golden Valley on the east side of the 93. About another 1.3 miles from the saddle will position you about a quarter mile from Mayswell Peak, at elevation 5,020 feet. I don't know if the peak (5,157 to 5,180 feet, depending on the source) can be summitted or not, it looks pretty steep on the topo, but I will investigate on the next trip.
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Nov 08 2019
nikorock28
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37 male
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 Kingman, AZ
Hualapai PeakNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2019
nikorock28
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   2.96 mph
2,300 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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79 degrees was the forecast for Kingman today, so it seemed like a good day for what is likely my last ascent of Hualapai Peak until next spring and warmer temperatures. Afternoon hiking means the trail is almost entirely in the shade with no sun exposure, which makes me cold when it is in the 50s/low 60s. I started up the trail around 2:25PM and went left on the Potato Patch Loop. I feel left is more scenic than right, with the hiking adjacent to the rock of Aspen Peak and the views to the east, then south on the southern leg. However, I do end up going right/taking the road more often as it is simply more convenient when going to Hayden Peak/Hayden Peak Trails.

Back to the hike today, I jogged/moved quickly on the flats/downhills, making the southern junction of the loop in 34 minutes and the start of the offtrail to the peak in 1:07. I took a one minute break to have some electrolyte water, then was at the "summit" in 1:14. I say "summit" because I've never climbed the summit slab. It just seems awkward to me and not worth the risk. The offtrail portion is now devoid of any vegetation and is a pretty well defined pathway. The peak was glorious, sunny, no wind and no ladybugs. I returned the way I came and other than a few people prior to and after the hike, I didn't come across anyone else on the trail.
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Nov 04 2019
nikorock28
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37 male
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 Kingman, AZ
Hayden Peak Summit Road - Hualapai MountainsNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2019
nikorock28
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles
1,900 ft AEG
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It is warm enough this week to still enjoy the Hualapais. I took the road the whole way, which is my favorite "workout" hike in the Park. The road has deteriorated the past few months, which makes it pretty slick for the descent. Fortunately, stone is now exposed in areas to aide in traction. Pretty much shaded the whole way with a 2:36 PM start, which makes it a little colder than I would like. Though, the peak was quite nice in the sun with little to no breeze. I hit the upper of the first set of towers on the way back, which is just a two minute diversion from the main road. If you are looking for something short and quick (about 3 mi, 1000' total), that is a nice destination, with excellent views from the rocks to the west and back up towards Hayden Peak.
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Oct 28 2019
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 Kingman, AZ
Sugarloaf Mtn - Bullhead CityNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2019
nikorock28
Hiking1.00 Miles 585 AEG
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This seemed steeper than the first time I did it in 2015. I headed up the sandy drainage, ultimately veering to the left to catch the second half of the west ridge and up from there. It was so windy at the top, that I only stayed there for seconds before heading back down. It really does feel like you are floating up there. Kind of seems like there are cliffs in every direction until you start heading down and see that it is doable (but steep!). Down the south side, where there are a few nice veins of rock to aid in the descent. Slow and deliberate down for me. Hikes like these always take me quite a bit longer to go down than up.
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Oct 28 2019
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Grapevine CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Canyoneering avatar Oct 28 2019
nikorock28
Canyoneering2.80 Miles 1,100 AEG
Canyoneering2.80 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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I saw the peak (Peak Contour 3772, I believe, from looking at a topo map just now) to the right from the parking lot and decided that was my target. After 0.3 miles of walking in the wash to the mouth of the canyon, I headed up and off trail to the right. There was a fairly discernible pathway to the ridge like feature, which I followed up and down for a bit. I was eyeing the large, white cliff like boulders in the drainage ahead (which can be seen from the parking lot), maybe a few hundred vertical feet beneath the peak. I made it there, which had great views back down drainage towards the parking area and Laughlin. Also of Lake Mohave to the east. I decided I should probably turn around at this point. It appeared like you could go up and around to the left, then back down a bit, then up to the base of the peak cliff faces, but kind of hard to tell until you encounter it. I would like to explore further next time. Made it back to the car for a 1.5 hour hike total, with one relatively minor directional mishap. Maybe it is time to invest in some sort of gps device?
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Oct 23 2019
nikorock28
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37 male
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 Kingman, AZ
Potato Patch LoopNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2019
nikorock28
Hiking6.60 Miles 2,000 AEG
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I did the loop in clockwise fashion, with a side trip to Aspen Peak. Not sure what it is, but I haven't opted to hit the "official" top slab the last two times I have been up there. I just go to the crack and call it good enough. Back down and decided to take a look at the "spire peak" by the saddle again. Started to head down, to go around to the north side, but decided it would best be left for another day.
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Oct 19 2019
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Valley of Fire State Park, NV 
Valley of Fire State Park, NV
 
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2019
nikorock28
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I took the scenic route home through the Lake Mead Recreational Area, which turned out to be a much nicer drive than I expected. Lots of elevation change, curves on the roadway and topographical features in the area. So much nicer than driving through Vegas. Before arriving in the Lake Mead Recreation Area, I stopped in at Valley of Fire State Park to check it out. Drove to one of the first parking areas which was Lone Rock. After a short rest in my car behind the shaded rock next to the picnic bench, I decided to hike up the drainage. I made it to the top of the drainage and hiked/scrambled around various areas to have a look. I ultimately summited the nearby peak to the left of the drainage, which had amazing 360 degree views for miles and miles. Headed back down towards the chute of the drainage, which might have taken a few more minutes to find than I would have liked. Ultimately made it back to the car and I was out there for 1:15.
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Oct 18 2019
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 Kingman, AZ
North Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2019
nikorock28
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
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3,000 ft AEG
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This was my first time at the North Rim. I parked close to the Backcountry Office and headed on the connector trail, as the trailhead lot was full. This added 0.6 miles or so total to the hike. I didn't have too much of a plan, but only carried two 16.9 ounce water bottles, so I figured I was going to go 2.5-3 miles down, then turn around. The fall colors the top 1.5 miles of the trail were awesome. I immediately loved the trail as I headed down. Got to the Supai Tunnel and the water was still on. I saw the bridge down below, which I thought was super cool. Made it to the bridge, crossed and observed there was a little uphill section. So, I went a little further to check it out, then saw the cliffy section that I have seen in photos, so I continued through that. I ultimately kept going a little further because I would see things ahead that would impress me. I ended up stopping parallel to where Roaring Springs was gushing out, taking a rest on a cluster of black rocks with a vantage point of the water. Next time, I will figure on going to Cottonwood Campground and back as a day hike.
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Oct 17 2019
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Peek-A-Boo LoopSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2019
nikorock28
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   3.00 mph
1,600 ft AEG
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My first time in Bryce Canyon. I parked at the Point and opted for the Peek a Boo Loop. Nice, wide trail construction, which reminded me of the Bright Angel Trail. Added a few minutes of hiking on one of the connectors off of the loop, then finished up the CCW loop. The mule/horse corral and poop reminded me of the South Rim as well. This was a nice hike, but not sure I will go back to Bryce again. Just a little out of the way and I feel there are better (or just as good, at least) options closer by.
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Oct 16 2019
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Mary Jane Falls/Big Falls Trail, NV 
Mary Jane Falls/Big Falls Trail, NV
 
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2019
nikorock28
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I was driving to Utah, but missed the I-15 north exit in Vegas. I kept driving for a few minutes, saw the freeway was heading in the general direction of Mt. Charleston, so I decided to drive there and regroup. I parked at the Trail Canyon lot and intended to hike to Mary Jane Falls. As I was heading up, it seemed the trail was not too well defined and I found myself in a drainage. Oh well, maybe this is part of the trail. After several more minutes, it was clear I was no longer on the Mary Jane Falls trail, but I was on some sort of pathway, so kept going on that, up the drainage. Another mile or so and I ended up at a large, dry waterfall (turned out to be Big Falls). It was possible to keep going along the cliffs to the right, but I figured that was enough fun for the first day of a multi day trip. Headed back down the drainage, intent to find the error of my ways. I figured out I stepped over the downed log and forked left, when I should have forked right before the log. To my defense, as I was heading up, people were standing/resting on the other side of the downed log, so I naturally assumed the trail continued past the log. Returned to the car after 1:35.
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May 13 2019
nikorock28
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 Kingman, AZ
Potato Patch LoopNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2019
nikorock28
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,300 AEG
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This was my 5th venture into the County Park since moving to Kingman on April 1. In town was sunny, but there were looming clouds above the peaks. It was 64 degrees and drizzling at the trailhead at 1PM. Headed to Hayden Peak Road, which has become my go to training hike. 4th time up the road since April 1 and clocked my best time of 15:56 from the gate to the top of the initial set of stairs (right, northern peak). I will keep working on improving that as time goes on and as I slowly lose weight. I didn't see any other hikers today, but the Mohave Electric Cooperative was a presence throughout the park and even on the peak.


I headed back down the road to my usual gate resting place. By this point, the clouds had cleared and the sun was shining. It was now lovely out so I decided to head out to Dean Overlook as well. I went over to the base of the dean overlook rock to inspect the climbing. It appears that going up the steep west side might be possible, but definitely not in my comfort zone. Went back to the saddle, looked at the north side and there could be an easier route from that direction. I will go check it out soon. I didn't go to the summit, but the Aspen Peak trail was the highlight of the day. Very nice trail and I will be sure to hit it more frequently.

Great to have these hikes so close.
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Dec 18 2018
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 Kingman, AZ
Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2018
nikorock28
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
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It was 55 degrees, mostly sunny with a slight breeze as I departed the trailhead at 3:00 PM. This was my 22nd time up this lovely little mountain and it has been a goal of mine for several years now to break one hour on the ascent. I came within tenths of a second on April 18, 2016, but due to a watch malfunction, was unable to verify the actual time. Fast forward to today, where I'm finally becoming disciplined with my food intake and have lost about 5 pounds the last few months. That, coupled with the cooler temps, and I was thinking that today might be the day to finally claim redemption.

Hit the base of the final climb in 50-51 minutes and the "waterfall" section in 54. That was better than I expected and I finished to the end of trail sign in 58:03. I guess this whole watching what you eat thing works! Excited to see how my performance improves as I drop another 15 useless pounds over the next several months :)
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Jan 28 2018
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 Kingman, AZ
Capitol Butte South Face aka Thunder MtnSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Jan 28 2018
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Hike & Climb1.80 Miles 1,702 AEG
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It has been ten months since I have done the South Face, which is too long in my opinion. I met up with Alex and we started off to 63 degrees a little after noon. All went pretty well, just the mistake, once again, of staying too far to the right in the second half and the rather confusing beginning with all the social trails. One of these days I will get it right. I think Alex used every square inch of her body to negotiate the climbs :app: Very nice day and only saw a couple people near the bottom on the descent.
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Jan 15 2018
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Observation Point - ZionSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2018
nikorock28
Hiking8.10 Miles 2,400 AEG
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Once I find something I like, I stick with it. So, I decided to do this again after doing it the previous day. I got a little more sleep the night before and felt more energetic (I was dragging a bit the day prior). It was a warmer 45 degree start this time, which I was very pleased with. I felt good, gave it a good push and made the top of the switchbacks in just over an hour. I just love those upper switchbacks! What a great overall trail. Zion was very nice and I will definitely be back. Next time, when it is a little warmer.
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Jan 14 2018
nikorock28
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 Kingman, AZ
Observation Point - ZionSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2018
nikorock28
Hiking8.10 Miles 2,400 AEG
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2,400 ft AEG
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39 degrees to start around 11AM. All shaded until the second half, where I had the chance to warm up. Super cool trail, I was very impressed. Enjoyed all the sections, the initial switchbacks, the little slot canyon, the open views and the super cool switchbacks up high in the rock (my favorite part of the trail). Great view at the point. Just a great trail... really no boring sections.
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Jan 13 2018
nikorock28
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 Kingman, AZ
Angel's LandingSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2018
nikorock28
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
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1,700 ft AEG
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My triplogs have been suffering from neglect. The 15 day looked like it was going to be a warmer and sunny weekend, so I decided to make my first trip to Utah. The Canyon road is open this time of year and parking was tight. It took a couple passes up, down and around, but I was able to nab a spot just in time to negotiate this before sundown.

Cool and shaded pretty much the entire way until the top part. I was expecting more exposure, but never really noticed any. Not hordes of people on the chains, but you did have to be patient at times and wait to proceed. I left my water bottle at the base and failed to retrieve it on the descent. It was cold so I wasn't concerned and didn't need to drink.

My kind of hike, short and steep (except the beginning) with killer views the second half. My first impression of the park was it reminded me of a larger Phantom Ranch in the canyon, mixed with Sedona.
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Dec 09 2017
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 Kingman, AZ
Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2017
nikorock28
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   3.15 mph
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This was my first 3,000 foot or 9+ mile hike since Mt. Humphrey in August. Off at 1:22PM to 46 degrees. It was completely shaded all the way down to just before Indian Gardens and, with the breeze, I was cold. Made IG in 1:18 and claimed the sunny bench by the water tap, where I soaked in some rays for a period of time. Pretty mellow at IG, there were a few groups passing through, but I had the majority of the time to myself. The breeze started to pick up and the sun escaped behind the cliffs, so I got cold again. I was at IG for 43 minutes.

Started the ascent up and remained cold until about the 3 mile resthouse, then I was fine from there. Plugged away, but was forced to stop for about 40 seconds with a family of bighorn sheep about 0.6 miles from the trailhead. Tried to jog in spurts from there to make up for the lost time. Finished the ascent in 1:36:30, which I am pleased with, given that I've gained a few pounds this year (heaviest I have been since 2008) and am about 12 pounds more than when I took up hiking in 2010.

It was nice to get back down to IG as the last time I was there was February 2016. The trees are still yellow down there. I'll be perfectly happy if we don't see snow until the spring :)
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Nov 19 2017
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South Kaibab TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2017
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Hiking5.20 Miles 2,000 AEG
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Brrr. I was cold most of this hike. 45 degrees to start a little before 4pm and already down to 32 a little before 6pm as I drove back into the village. Way too many people to my liking down to OOP, where there was a crowd of people, including the annoying tourists taking photos while stopped in the middle in the trail. But, there was little traffic from that point on and it was nice for the ascent. A bit of a slog a day after a full body, but nice to get 2,000 feet in.
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Nov 06 2017
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Turtlehead MountainVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2017
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Hiking4.60 Miles 2,021 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   2.65 mph
2,021 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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3rd time doing this one and it is a butt kicker for sure. The first mile lulls you in, but don't be fooled. it was breezy on the way up, then the wind really swept up on the peak and for the descent. I felt slow ascending, but I guess under 56 minutes is respectable. Two other couples on the summit and passed another two groups above the saddle... most people I've seen on this trail thus far. they've added signs for the beginning portion, which I find helpful.
I stayed way right for the final push to the saddle, even further right than the last time I did this. there was a small screw chute to negotiate, but I still enjoy the more direct path than the official trail, which goes way to the left and switchbacks into the saddle with a clear vantage point. I went down this way as it is less steep. once on the saddle, you could hug the cliff at right via climbing some initial rocks (I've come down this way the past two times), or choose any of several paths to the left.
on the peak, I was looking at the closest higher mountain directly to the north and was wondering if you could get there as an offshoot from this trail. maybe, with a lot of work. i didn't see any snow on charleston. I hope the forecast for a dry and warm winter for the southern US holds!
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