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Oct 06 2017
autumnstars
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 Guides 25
 Routes 19
 Photos 558
 Triplogs 1,385

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 Joined Jan 04 2011
 Las Vegas, NV
Bonanza PeakVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2017
autumnstars
Hiking8.08 Miles 2,965 AEG
Hiking8.08 Miles
2,965 ft AEG
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Quick tune-up hike before upcoming Grand Canyon trip.
Trail in good condition and leaves changing.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
This is about as good as it's going to get here. Leaves beginning to brown and fall.
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Sep 09 2016
BiFrost
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 Guides 4
 Routes 356
 Photos 7,614
 Triplogs 907

51 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Bonanza PeakVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2016
BiFrost
Hiking10.40 Miles 3,309 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   2.17 mph
3,309 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
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We spent several days in Vegas for a friends wedding but managed to get away for one day and hike Bonanza Peak in the Mt Charleston Wilderness. The trailhead is just over an hour from the Vegas strip so not a long ride. Turning off Hwy 95 the Cold Creek Road is mostly paved except for the last 2 miles. Well marked trailhead near the community of Cold Creek at 7500 starting elevation. The trail is easy to follow and begins significant elevation gain right from the start with switchbacks. However the trail is in exceptional shape all the way to the summit with numerous switchbacks but at an even grade. As the trail switchbacks through ponderosa, spruce and eventually bristlecone the views get continually better.

Approaching the summit we had to leave the trail and follow decent faint route for the last quarter mile making the summit in little over 3 hours and enjoyed the views taking about 30 minute break. Visibility was decent so we could see Mt Charleston summit and the rest of the range. Interestingly the trail kept going past Bonanza Peak as part of the wilderness divide trail that goes all the way to Mt Charleston so looks like some good backpacking options beyond the peak. After the break took a leisurely pace back down and didn't see any others all day although it was a Friday.
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Sep 09 2016
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 Routes 67
 Photos 966
 Triplogs 694

46 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Bonanza PeakVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2016
slowandsteady
Hiking10.40 Miles 3,309 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   2.17 mph
3,309 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
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BiFrost
We found this hike by stalking out triplogs from Autumnstars!

We were in Vegas for a wedding and only managed to convince one person to join us and hike out some toxins. We brought champagne from the wedding favors and had a celebration on the peak!
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Oct 24 2015
autumnstars
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 Guides 25
 Routes 19
 Photos 558
 Triplogs 1,385

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 Joined Jan 04 2011
 Las Vegas, NV
Bonanza Peak, NV 
Bonanza Peak, NV
 
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2015
autumnstars
Hiking7.62 Miles 2,899 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles
2,899 ft AEG
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One last full pack training hike before our Thunder River / Deer Creek trip.
It was cool at elevation and the ground was still moist from recent rains. Even a few patches of snow on the north slope of the peak. About 1/2 the hike down with headlamps after a late start. Hiking in the dark is so much slower on an unfamiliar trail.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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average hiking speed 2.17 mph

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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