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Feb 19 2019
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42 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
North Peak - Spring MountainsVegas, AZ
Vegas, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2019
LindaAnnTriplogs 1,573
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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Feb 21 2017
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42 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
North Peak - Spring MountainsVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2017
LindaAnnTriplogs 1,573
Hiking12.04 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking12.04 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   2.73 mph
2,780 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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Plan A for the day was scrapped due to too much snow & wind, so North Peak was my backup plan. I got to the Willow Springs parking lot fairly early and decided to park there and walk up Rocky Gap Road. Partly because I had heard the road gets gnarly after a couple of miles, and partly because I wanted to enjoy the scenery rather than drive past all of it. Next time, I'll drive the first mile or so of the road to a large pullout, then walk the rest of the way. After that, the road does get pretty rough in spots.

I got started to the sound of running water in the creek paralleling the road, which made for pleasant background noise along the way. It was even windier on Tuesday than it had been on Monday, so I kept a jacket on the entire way. The road made for easy walking, with lots of nice scenery, so those five miles or so went by pretty quickly. At Red Rock Summit, I turned left (east) and got on the trail to North Peak & Bridge Mtn; they are the same trail at this point, and split after about a mile or so, which is clearly signed. It was very cold and windy along the trail, and I was hiking through snow about half of the way. I could see fresh footprints in the snow heading up, but none heading back down, so I figured I would see someone at some point--the first sign of another human I had seen all day.

At the sign, I headed left toward North Peak; Bridge Mtn looked interesting, but I think I'd want a partner for that one, and definitely not in the ice and snow. Shortly after I turned off, I encountered the other hiker whose footprints I had been following. We chatted for a few minutes, then I continued toward the summit. Just below the summit, the easy to follow trail gives way to a quick & easy scramble to the top. At the top, the wind was howling! I signed the register, then found some rocks to sit between and warm up while I ate lunch.

The hike back down was super easy. I was able to make good time on the road, and the wind lessened as I descended. As I was cruising along, halfway paying attention, I looked down and right in front of me was a rattlesnake. I jumped to the side and he let me know that my presence was not appreciated. At this point, I was wearing two layers of leggings, two shirts, a jacket, hat, and gloves--I was certainly not expecting to see a rattler! I took some pics just to annoy him, then continued on my way. The parking lot was a mob scene when I reached it, definitely a contrast to the near solitude I had enjoyed up to that point.
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Jun 15 2013
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 Joined Jan 04 2011
 Las Vegas, NV
North Peak - Spring MountainsVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2013
autumnstarsTriplogs 1,391
Hiking11.34 Miles 2,748 AEG
Hiking11.34 Miles
2,748 ft AEG
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We took the wrong vehicle and so had to hike up Rocky Gap Road to this trail. It actually made for a better hike this way - otherwise too short to be worth the drive on such a poor road. Surprised to see so few people this day.

Good hike with a nice breeze to keep things cooler. Well-rewarded at the top with stunning views down to Red Rock Canyon. Sandwich cheese perfectly melted when we ate at the top. :D
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[ checklist ] Bridge Mountain
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Still a few yerba santa, penstemon and scarlet gilia flowering. A few impressive patches of blazing star in the deep gravel of the wash.

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Good flow of clear water.
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