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“Arden Ridge”
Las Vegas, Nevada
January 17, 2013

Distance: 6.8 km (4.2 mi)
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 298 m (978 ft

While perusing the Internet for peaks to climb in SW Las Vegas, I came across a trip called Quarterhorse Exploratory. It describes a meandering route around an unnamed ridge without actually reaching the summit. It piqued my curiosity because not only did it appear interesting, but it was also close to our lodging.

It took Dinah and me just 13 minutes to drive to our start point, a block from Fort Apache Road and Cactus Avenue. Our route was an offtrail hike: we crossed the desert flats to the west end of the ridge and ascended a canyon to gain the ridgeline. Despite starting next to homes, Arden Ridge held a sense of solitude for us. We even had the satisfaction of finding a cairn and a summit register. Eight names were listed but no mention of a name for the peak.

The ridge has no name that I am aware of, and naming it after a street – Quarterhorse Lane – seems lame, so I'll call it Arden Ridge, after Arden Quarries located on the east side of the ridge. This was such a short and enjoyable trip, that I'm sure we'll visit it again. If someone actually names the peak in the summit register, then I'll be updating this web page.

KML and GPX Tracks

Arden Ridge seen from Fort Apache Rd. and Cactus Ave.

Coming to the west end of the ridge

We caught a road leading into the canyon

It may be possible to reach the summit by scrambling up the west end, but we'll try that another day

Looking back

The canyon forks and we took the right fork

The right fork

Climbing out of the end of the canyon

Looking back at the canyon's unscalable cliffs

We headed to the ridge crest

Looking back

The summit appears above Dinah

Looking back from atop the ridge

We'll have to drop down a bit before reaching the summit

Heading to the summit

On the summit

Bird Spring (4.2 mi, 3707 ft, 863 ft)

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