Northshore Lake Mead Peaks

Date of trip: 04/01/2017

Mileage: 9.2 Miles

Elevation Gain: 2826 Feet

Time: 5:30 Hours

Class: 3

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GPS Track: View Here

Peaks Climbed on Trip:
Peak Name Elevation Prominence Range Close to County highpoint Range highpoint Map
Blowing Peak2171367Las VegasHenderson, NevadaNoNo36.1764, -114.7452
Black Mesa2210470Las VegasHenderson, NevadaNoNo36.1566, -114.7655
After-Work Peak2358620Las VegasHenderson, NevadaNoNo36.1875, -114.7266
Glyph Point2592459Las VegasHenderson, NevadaNoNo36.2487, -114.5389
Northshore Peak33301132Las VegasHenderson, NevadaNoNo36.2160, -114.6281

Trip Report

I was in Las Vegas for a software conference. I had some spare time on Saturday, so I decided to bag some peaks off of Northshore Road in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. I had read about these peaks in "Rambles and Scrambles: A Peakbagging Guide to the Desert Southwest", a guidebook done by Courtney Purcell.

My goal was to take the road heading east; stop at each highpoint, hike to the top, back to the vehicle, and on to the next.

My first stop was Black Mesa. Black Mesa was relatively tame, except for finding a deceased desert tortoise.
Black Mesa Track

The next stop was Blowing Peak. Blowing was unexceptional.
Blowing Peak Track

The next peak was After-Work Peak. So named because it was a quick hike you can do after work. This peak was steep with an alpine feel near the summit. For a 2000-foot peak, it had big drop-offs and impressive looking rock.
After-Work Peak Track

The next peak (Northshore Peak) on the list had the most gain of the day and the hardest climbing. Northshore Peak was also the highest peak of the day, had the most prominence, and was the most impressive looking from the road. The route was fun with a few class 3 walls that had to navigated. The views from the top were great.
Northshore Peak Track

I had assumed I could do 6 or 7 peaks. However, these peaks tough (steep and rocky). So when I got to the base of Glyph Point, I figured I had a few more in me. But the heat and yet another rugged peak made Glyph Point my final one.
Glyph Point Tracks


Getting There

Take Lake Mead Parkway until you meet Northshore Road. Turn left onto Northshore Road. Beware that there is a $20 entry fee for Lake Mead NRA. Northshore Road is paved.


Hiking Directions

Checkout the tracks above or get the book "Rambles and Scrambles: A Peakbagging Guide to the Desert Southwest".


Photos

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Nearing the rugged summit of After-Work Peak
Nearing the rugged summit of After-Work Peak
Lake Mead from After-Work Peak
Lake Mead from After-Work Peak
View west from After-Work Peak
View west from After-Work Peak
View towards Vegas from the top of After-Work Peak
View towards Vegas from the top of After-Work Peak
Northshore Peak
Northshore Peak
View north from Northshore Peak
View north from Northshore Peak
Class 3 wall on Northshore Peak
Class 3 wall on Northshore Peak
Flowers on Glyph Point
Flowers on Glyph Point
Dead Desert Tortoise
Dead Desert Tortoise




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