Valley of Fire Peaks

Date of trip: 04/07/2017

Mileage: 3.6 Miles

Elevation Gain: 1825 Feet

Time: 3:30 Hours

Class: 3

Partners: Carrie

GPS Track: View Here

Peaks Climbed on Trip:
Peak Name Elevation Prominence Range Close to County highpoint Range highpoint Map
Cairn Peak2497381Las VegasOverton, NevadaNoNo36.4468, -114.5124
Weekapaug Mountain2674328Las VegasOverton, NevadaNoNo36.4150, -114.5388
Thin Peak3694626Las VegasOverton, NevadaNoNo36.4159, -114.5814

Trip Report


Carrie and I were in Las Vegas for a mini-vacation after I attended a software conference. On Friday, we decided to visit the Valley of Fire.

We did 3 peaks:

Thin Peak:
Thin Peak is technically in the Valley of Fire, but not a "red" or sandstone peak. This is more just a desert peak with a nice view and steep north face. We saw a rattlesnake about mid-mountain, making for some excitement. He was below a handhold and I got within a foot or two of him... luckily I didn't get bit. The top 50 feet of the peak offered an nice scramble on mostly solid rock.

Weekapaug Mountain:
Weekapaug is a complex and really neat scramble. We loosely followed directions from the guidebook, finding occasional cairns. Towards the top, it was basically trial and error finding the route to the top. There was some excellent class 3 climbing to be had. Carrie thoroughly enjoyed this peak.

Cairn Peak:
Cairn is another sandstone peak with a very short approach and fun scrambling. I thought the top provided incredible views of the Valley of Fire. We did the round trip of this peak in less than an hour, so it is a quick endeavor.


Getting There

See the GPS tracks below. All 3 peaks are accessible off of paved roads in the Valley of Fire State Park.


Hiking Directions

Here are the GPS tracks for all 3 peaks:

Thin Peak Track
Weekapaug Mountain Track
Cairn Peak Track


Photos

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Thin Peak from below
Thin Peak from below
Rattlesnake on Thin Peak
Rattlesnake on Thin Peak
Final 50 feet on Thin Peak
Final 50 feet on Thin Peak
View of the Valley of Fire from Thin Peak
View of the Valley of Fire from Thin Peak
Weekapaug Mountain
Weekapaug Mountain
Cool rock formations on Weekapaug Mountain
Cool rock formations on Weekapaug Mountain
Cactus in full bloom
Cactus in full bloom
Carrie starting up the initial section of sandstone
Carrie starting up the initial section of sandstone
Cool rock formations on Weekapaug Mountain
Cool rock formations on Weekapaug Mountain
Scrambling on Weekapaug Mountain
Scrambling on Weekapaug Mountain
Notch used to ascend Weekapaug Mountain
Notch used to ascend Weekapaug Mountain
Looking back through the notch
Looking back through the notch
White rock merges with red
White rock merges with red
Looking southeast from Cairn Peak
Looking southeast from Cairn Peak
The crux on Cairn Peak
The crux on Cairn Peak
Me scrambling on Cairn Peak
Me scrambling on Cairn Peak
Cairn Peak
Cairn Peak




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