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Peanut and Butter Peaks
Lake Mead NRA, Arizona
January 23, 2018

It's hard to take peaks named Peanut and Butter seriously. Indeed, they are more like tame hills than rugged peaks, which further underscores their nutty names. But small as they are, they offer surprising far-ranging views.

We parked at a pull-out just off of Hwy. 93 at the start of Black Joe Mine Road, the same road used to access Mount Wilson. After walking through the tunnels under the highway we reached a broad wash. As we sauntered 1.7 km down the wash, we hardly noticed the slight grade. We would, though, lose 100 m of elevation, before turning left into a side wash. When the side wash forked, we kept right until we came to an easy spot to ascend the ridge on our left. The ridge leads to the two peaks.

The first peak, Peanut, is the highest of the two, while Butter hardly qualifies as a separate peak, being a mere five-minute walk away. Both peaks have summit registers. These are not popular peaks: there was only one ascent each year in the last four years – by the same party!

On the return, we dropped into the wash north of Peanut and followed it until we connected with our ascent route. Peanut and Butter Peaks aren't exciting ascents, but we enjoyed hiking in a different desert area.

KML and GPX Tracks


After parking, we walked through the tunnels under Hwy 93. Peanut Peak can be seen in the distance.


Entering the wash on the other side


Setting off down the broad wash


Mesquite mistletoe, a leafless parasitic plant, hangs from a shrub


We left the main wash and entered a side wash on our left


Hiking up the side wash


When we reached a fork, we kept right


Brittlebush


A short time later, we started up the ridge


On the ridge heading to Peanut Peak


The summit is ahead


On the summit of Peanut


Mount Wilson lies northeast

Fortification Hill is north


The rounded point in the foreground, left of Pat Tillerson Bridge, is Sugarloaf Peak


Shin and Dinah head to Butter Peak


Dinah signs the register on Butter with Peanut in the background


Heading back


Ringbolt 1:24,000 Topo (4.2 mi, 2493 ft, 774 ft)

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