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Feb 18 2019
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Hamblin and Jacal, NV 
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Hiking avatar Feb 18 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking8.56 Miles 1,679 AEG
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Started from the parking area and headed south towards Cottonwood Spring. The first mile was very muddy from the rain & snow the night before and the creek was running. At the first scramble, it was covered in snow & ice, so I bypassed it on the right. After that, the mud got thicker and was mixed with snow. After about two miles, it was all snow. The route was a little difficult to follow in places, and I was happy to have found a track online. There was one set of tracks in the snow, heading uphill, so I assumed I would run into a hiker at some point. At the upper scramble, I made it about 3/4 of the way up before deciding it was too unsafe with the snow. I noticed the tracks had turned around at the same spot, so I decided to follow them. The tracks followed a wash around to the right, then followed a ridge for a little while.

After getting back into the gully, it was easy to head up towards the saddle. At the saddle, I decided to head over to Jacal first. Easy walk along the ridge up to Jacal and the snow covered views were beautiful. It was hard to remember that I was on a low desert peak that easily gets over 100 degrees in the summer. I headed back down to the saddle, then up to Hamblin. Getting up to Hamblin was a little steeper, but easy to follow. The very top of Hamblin has you on the left side of a lip along the ridge. If you don't like heights, this short section might make you a little nervous, but the rock is very grippy. You cross over to the right side of the lip through a crack in the rock, then it's just a few more feet to the summit. Even better views from Hamblin. The hiker whose tracks I had been seeing was eating her lunch at the summit. She and I chatted for a few minutes, then I headed back down after signing the register and taking some pictures.

The hike back down was very easy, and the snow had melted noticeably in just a few hours. I made a few exploratory side trips up some of the washes on my way down. Beautiful area with a lot more winter hiking options.
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Mar 19 2017
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 Joined Jan 04 2011
 Las Vegas, NV
Hamblin MountainVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2017
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Hiking7.26 Miles 1,596 AEG
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Wonderful variety of wildflowers popping!
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Sep 11 2016
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Good hike, as always. Compared with the last time I was here, the portions along use trails are much more beaten in now, making it easier to find your way for those who are navigationally challenged ;) The views of Lake Mead and the whole valley are wonderful for so little work, but one downside to this hike is the complete lack of shade, so perhaps not the best choice for a hot day.

This year, I have been doing mostly canyoneering and running, so it was nice to finally just go on a hike! :y:

dry Cottonwood Spring Dry Dry
The hole that the bighorns and burros have dug from drinking filled with damp soil and bees.
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Nov 14 2015
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 Las Vegas, NV
Pinto Valley south, NV 
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Hiking9.10 Miles 1,081 AEG
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Good day for a hike before the winds begin tomorrow. Hiked over to Pinto Valley, and then explored around. Traveled south toward some outcrops I hadn't previously visited. Just climbed around exploring wherever looked interesting. The top of much of the ridge had a layer of beautifully polished river rocks embedded in the sandstone. Also, scattered petrified wood - not as colorful as some other spots in the valley, but pretty big chunks.
The sandstone in this part of the valley is very coarse, with some larger particles incorporated. This seems to make it weaker and more prone to erosion, so it forms interesting caves and pockets.

Also checked out a large cairn that turned out to be the corner marker for a mining claim. Newest paper inside the tin was dated 1955, so it seems to be abandoned.

One bighorn and zero people, but a two glass bottle trash day.

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Hole that the bighorns maintain was about 1/2 full.
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Feb 21 2015
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Nice day, nice hike. Hiked over to Pinto Valley, and then explored around. The part of the hike over to Pinto Valley is becoming a bit routine, so I need to think of something to spice it up - maybe visit all of the claim corner cairns I can see from the washes, or caves? Either would add a good dose of elevation gain. Visited the main petrogylph area in the valley, but didn't really have much interest in hiking down to Lake Mead, so instead climbed around exploring wherever looked interesting. The tops of many of the small ridges had sun-bleached bones littered about, maybe brought up by birds? The birds and lizards were out in full force with the lovely weather, and one mockingbird kept following me around. They can be funny like that sometimes.

Only saw 1 other hiker on my way back - he was coming down from Hamblin.

Cottonwoods at the spring have leaves now. Flowers still aren't quite going yet, but getting close to starting for the brittlebush and sunray (Enceliopsis argophylla). Will have to come back when flowering to get some better pictures of these little gems.

Only a two balloon trash day!
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Mistletoe flowering - my favorite smell.
Brittlebush and sunray with buds. Annuals still haven't bolted for the most part, although saw a few Mentzelia just starting to flower.

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Bighorn-dug hole about half full.
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Feb 07 2015
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Hamblin MountainVegas, NV
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autumnstars
Hiking8.39 Miles 1,877 AEG
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Plus a little extra exploring.
Started out toward Pinto Valley, but my foot was just not happy with things. Decided to loop back and hit Hamblin Mountain instead. Decided to try a shortcut back to the main wash, which did lead to exploring some interesting rock formations. The shortcut worked in the end, but I would not repeat it.
Warm today with a good breeze to make it more pleasant.
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Mistletoe is flowering!!!

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Apr 26 2014
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Hiking avatar Apr 26 2014
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Hiking10.74 Miles 1,664 AEG
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Back to a good old standby. Explored some new red sandstone outcroppings in the valley. It had rained earlier in the day, so there was a lot of fresh evidence of bighorns coming to a couple of temporary pools for a drink. The discovery of a bighorn skeleton and desert tortoise carapace near a spot that felt like a perfect mountain lion hide-out was good enough for me to decide that was my turn around spot/time. ;)

The hike back was better than usual, spotting 5 bighorns and one live desert tortoise :y: . No doubt, the tortoise came out for a drink and found the weather pleasant enough to stay out for the day.

With nothing particular in mind, this proved a nice chance to just enjoy being outside in the sprinkles.
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Some areas still have a number of flowers remaining, but most plants here are done.

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Jan 20 2014
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Hiking11.74 Miles 1,472 AEG
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Not feeling great this morning (one too many while brewing last night), but this was The day. The day I was going to re-locate a photo spot, and nothing could stop me.

As soon as I got hiking up the wash, I began to feel much better - amazing what a little fresh air can do. It was hard to ignore all the interesting unexplored nooks, crannies, and outcroppings along the way, but the goal beckoned.

Got out there, found the spot, explored around a bit, ate a quick lunch, picked up some jerk's empty gallon water jugs, and headed home. Maybe I can go hike somewhere else for awhile now :D

Saw not a soul, which was a surprise after so many yesterday.
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The mistletoe is beginning to flower. This is one you smell instead of see - smells wonderful

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Just the slightest bit of flow, with some fresh bighorn tracks since yesterday.
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Jan 19 2014
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Hiking avatar Jan 19 2014
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Hiking9.23 Miles 1,220 AEG
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I'm not sure if I have become obsessed with this valley. Either that, or it's just a very attractive last-minute destination due to the short drive and chances I will see zero people while hiking.

Either way, here I was again. No clear destination in mind, so once in Pinto Valley, I explored a fresh set of interesting-looking outcrops. The idea worked out quite well, locating yet more petrified wood, prehistorically-inhabited cave, and a very cool boulder covered with petroglyphs just outside the cave. Plenty of signs of bighorns over here in the shade of the rock outcroppings, but I have yet to see a petroglyph of one in any of the panels I have come across in this valley. Much of what I have seen here seems less representational, at least in the literal zoomorph sense. The designs on today's rock seemed quite old, given the level of desert varnish re-development within the pecking.

This day, I saw a surprising 10 people overall. All in the 1-mi stretch between the road and Cottonwood Spring, though, so nothing to disturb my isolation in Pinto Valley itself, where I saw only my own footprints from previous days.
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Small pool dug by animals flowing slightly.
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Jan 05 2014
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Pinto Valley south, NV 
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Hiking10.92 Miles 1,339 AEG
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Another wander-o-rama. This day I was looking to recreate a photo I had seen. Well, I failed at that, but had other adventures instead. Also, got a really solid idea of the photo location for next time :D

As I hiked in one of the tight, winding gypsum washes/canyons on the way to Pinto Valley there was a loud sound that I couldn't quite place. Loud but hollow-sounding, repeated at an irregular interval. Paused a few times, but just couldn't figure out what that sound was. Until I rounded the bend, and saw... a group of 8 bighorn rams, with 2 butting heads. Ah ha - the source of the sound!!! Because of the wind direction, they hadn't heard or smelled me coming, so it took a second or two for them to process the situation. Unfortunately, it also took me a second or two to understand what was going on, so no good pictures :(

Most of them ran quickly up the slope, but two turned and faced me down, with one actually moving toward me. There was that moment of thinking "what if... :scared: " but after a few seconds they turned and joined the others. After watching them disappear up the ridges, I continued on with my heart still pounding loud in my ears. Wow, just wow!

Later, I came across a very complete bighorn skull and much of the skeleton in a different wash, so it seems like the day came full-circle in a way.

Really great day.
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As on other recent visits.
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Dec 29 2013
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Pinto Valley south, NV 
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Hiking avatar Dec 29 2013
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Hiking11.86 Miles 1,603 AEG
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Curious if you could use this route to access Boulder Canyon, I set off down the wash.
Boulder Canyon was the original planned location for the dam which was later placed in Black Canyon to create Lake Mead.

I concluded that access is possible (or at least a nice hike up Guardian Peak), but I would have needed a longer day to complete the entire trip. This is a fascinating valley, and you are constantly side-tracked to check out interesting things along the way, which makes for slow going ;) . Today, my new find was a concentration of petrified wood - very colorful.

Saw zero people as usual.
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Condition as on the 24th.
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Dec 24 2013
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Pinto Valley ramble, NV 
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Hiking10.51 Miles 1,424 AEG
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Today, I set out toward Hamblin Peak with no particular plan. At the second major fork, I decided to turn left instead of right toward Hamblin. Wandered a bit, exploring some of the side washes, until I popped into Pinto Valley. On the way, I noticed an out-of-place-looking Benchmark located on a small rock in the middle of the wash. The benchmark itself was in good condition, but given the size of the rock and its location, it seems likely that it will eventually wash away. But, then again, it has been here since 1935, so maybe not...

Once in the valley, I spotted a promising-looking rock outcropping with a very thick layer of desert varnish. Decided to make that my lunch spot and take a look 'round. No petroglyphs, but there were some historical inscriptions, with the oldest dated 11-24-22. Refreshed, I headed back to finish wrapping gifts.

Saw 3 bighorns to make up for the ones I missed on yesterday's hike. :D

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Not much flow through the hole the burros have dug. A fairly complete skeleton rests near the cottonwoods.
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Apr 06 2013
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 Boulder City, NV
Hamblin MountainVegas, NV
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Another Hamblin Mountain hike with 6 other hikers. It was hot out today but it was a nice hike as always. Switched out summit logs, the old summit logs are kept in Lake Mead NRA park archives.
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Apr 03 2013
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5th summit of Hamblin. This time I took a different route. Will be back there on Saturday likely for my last Hamblin summit of the foreseeable future.
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Oct 28 2012
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Public hike up Hamblin Mountain. 10 hikers including some return hikers following last weeks Liberty Bell Arch Hike. This is one of my favorite hikes at Lake Mead. No bighorn this time around which was surprising. There was a bighorn skeleton at Cottonwood Spring. This was new since last time I was there in April.
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Oct 28 2012
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Led hike by a pretty cute NPS ranger. Second summit!
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May 27 2012
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After a very trying week at work, I needed a hike.
Driving a long distance was not appealing on such a busy travel weekend. Hamblin Mountain was close and not likely to be crowded, so it fit the bill. Didn't see a single other person the whole time, which was just perfect.

The weather was surprisingly cool for late May, with a gentle breeze helping things out. All the acacias were flowering, filling the entire area with a beautiful aroma, but also BEES! They were very preoccupied with business, so no worries. ;) Enjoyed the fossils and gypsophiles along this hike as always. Nothing of particular note happened on the hike up, just a enjoyable jaunt. At the top, I hung out watching the many speed boats out for the long weekend.

Saw 4 bighorns on the way back down, which topped off this hike. :D
It's amazing how a simple hike can clear your mind and make you feel so much better.
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Led this hike/field trip for 13 wilderness managers from throughout the west as part of the Arthur Carhart Wilderness training course. We talked about some of the issues that Lake Mead has to deal with when it comes to managing wilderness including overflight issues, endemic plants, and invasive species. One of the coolest things I've done as an NPS ranger.
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2nd summit of Hamblin Mountain. This is a really enjoyable hike. Beautiful weather today, saw 2 bighorn sheep.
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Apr 01 2012
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Beautiful hike. I have to lead this hike later this month as part of the Carhart Wilderness training course for Wilderness managers, so today was a prep day. Really nice hike, saw a single bighorn sheep just past Cottonwood Spring, he was there both on the way to and back from the peak.
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