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, it was also quite close to our lodging.
It took Dinah and I 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.
Arden Ridge 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
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 head to the ridge crest
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
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