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PostThu Nov 30, 2017 11:38 am 
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Less than 30 miles driving out from Las Vegas in three different directions to three vastly different landscapes.

Nov 17: Lostman Canyon descent to the Colorado River, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, AZ.

This is a little known canyon north of the famed AZ Hot Springs/White Rock Canyon loop and starts from that trailhead.  Hot spring searching, we discovered a hot seep but too little water to pool into a soaker.  Still, great scramble descending on this one.  A Class 5 dryfall has a bypass on a steep slope.  We descended the slope and returned ascending the dryfall.  The final dryfall to the Colorado River gravel beach is probably Class 4, just takes a bit of effort to work out the moves in a chimney like dryfall.

Starting out:


Headed down
Headed down
Secret Canyon across
Secret Canyon across
Lil' dryfall
Lil' dryfall
Interesting begins
Interesting begins
Bigger dryfall downclimb
Bigger dryfall downclimb
A drop in a narrows
A drop in a narrows
Easy dryfall
Easy dryfall

The final two dryfalls to the river described above:


River ahead
River ahead
Bypass Class 3, loose
Bypass Class 3, loose
Final downclimb
Final downclimb
River!
River!
Up the bottom drop
Up the bottom drop
Vic works it out
Vic works it out
Al gives us the beta
Al gives us the beta
Vic's turn
Vic's turn

The rest of the return:


Reverse
Reverse
Liberty Bell Arch
Liberty Bell Arch
Verticality under 2000 ft alt!
Verticality under 2000 ft alt!
LostmanCany
LostmanCany

Nov 19: Bonanza Trail, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, NV.

From a trailhead in Lee Canyon my goal was McFarland Peak.  Having read no trip reports, and just the minimal description in Rambles and Scrambles, I peeled off the trail too early and missed the summit gully...oh well, next time.  Divide Peak 10067' was my consolation, a mere 100 feet vertical above the height of the trail.  Still, a great day among the fantastic bristlecone pines known to this range and expansive views all around.


Junction and Twin Sisters distant
Junction and Twin Sisters distant
Sierras!
Sierras!
Twin Sisters
Twin Sisters
Macks Peak and bristlecone pines
Macks Peak and bristlecone pines
McFarland Peak
McFarland Peak
Mummy Mountain
Mummy Mountain
Big Ponderosa Pines
Big Ponderosa Pines
Mummy Mountain close up
Mummy Mountain close up
DividePkSpringMtns
DividePkSpringMtns

Nov 20:  Return to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for some hiking and search for rock art.

This is known as the "Kraft Mountain Loop" and has a designated trailhead for such.  I extended it up to the head of Gateway Canyon (lower part is on the loop) for a quick descent into Brownstone Canyon befroe retracing my steps.   Yes, the rock art is quite special and extensive.  Sample here.


Enter Gateway Canyon
Enter Gateway Canyon
Upper Gateway
Upper Gateway
Gateway color
Gateway color
BS Picto 1
BS Picto 1
BS Picto 2
BS Picto 2
BS Picto 3
BS Picto 3
BS Picto 4
BS Picto 4
BS Picto 5
BS Picto 5
BS Picto 6
BS Picto 6
BS Picto 7
BS Picto 7
BS Pet 1
BS Pet 1
BS Pet 2
BS Pet 2
Brownstone Canyon
Brownstone Canyon
Back to Gateway
Back to Gateway
Gateway H2O!
Gateway H2O!
Fun dryfalls
Fun dryfalls
Middle Gateway
Middle Gateway
Lower Gateway texture
Lower Gateway texture
Gateway dryfall downclimb
Gateway dryfall downclimb
Parting Petroglyph
Parting Petroglyph
KraftMtnLoop
KraftMtnLoop

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PostThu Nov 30, 2017 12:23 pm 
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With every report from you, I inch closer to booking a flight to Vegas.  All the rain up here isn't helping.
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PostThu Nov 30, 2017 3:35 pm 
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Go for it, neek.  I love, love, love hiking near Las Vegas.  Red Rocks, Spring Mountains, Valley of Fire.  Just the regular hiking for mere mortals is amazing.  There is even a ski area in the Spring Mountains.  Driving to all three of those areas is comparable to Seattle to Snoqualmie Pass.  For the traditionalists, there are Green Trails maps for both Red Rocks and Spring Mountains.  There is an outdoor community there, but naturally it's completely overshadowed by the bling.  Flying to LV from Seattle is easy and cheap.
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PostThu Nov 30, 2017 3:46 pm 
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Great stuff!  up.gif
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PostFri Dec 01, 2017 1:08 pm 
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Most people look at you sideways when you say that you went to Vegas and went hiking...they just don't get it!  The nice thing about the Arizona Hot Springs loop is the jumping rocks on the river.

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PostFri Dec 01, 2017 2:39 pm 
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THANK YOU!!!  Love your trip reports.  They're giving me all sorts of ideas.

Dang you are good at spotting the rock art.  I know you have to keep your eyes peeled for it.

Most people associate LV with the Strip, but there is a lot around the surrounding areas to explore.
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PostSat Dec 02, 2017 12:20 am 
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Thanks! Great trip and report.
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PostTue Dec 05, 2017 2:51 pm 
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ree wrote:
Dang you are good at spotting the rock art.  I know you have to keep your eyes peeled for it.

Hi ree,
Gwen, RainieToo, or Abert will tell you that I pretty much scan every varnish face and flat vertical wall.  Probably to the point of annoyance.  And binocs are about always around my neck.  Hopefully it isn't a certifiable obsession, but it is borderline.  Oh, there is typically some pre-trip research as well to get me in the area.
John

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PostSat Dec 23, 2017 9:09 pm 
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A worthy obsession..... and not your only one, no doubt.
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PostTue Jan 02, 2018 1:32 pm 
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Thanks so much for posting. I'm heading to LV/red rock area this spring and was searching for inspiration. I certainly found it! Much appreciated.
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