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View from Bridge Mountain

Bridge Mountain and North Peak
Red Rock Canyon NCA, Nevada
April 24, 2010

When I emailed our friend Shin in Las Vegas for information on climbing Bridge Mountain, he took it a step further and offered to take Dinah and I up it. He also invited some of his friends: Malia, Jon, Jerry, Marianne and Andy.

There are a few approaches for Bridge Mountain, but Shin chose a less popular route whose trailhead is a few kilometres up Rocky Gap Road. The road is too rough for regular cars, but Jon and Jerry drove us up in their 4X4 vehicles.

After hiking up the road a short way, we left it to ascend a wash. After scrambling up the steep wash we reached the ridge crest. Here we got our first view of Bridge Mountain, although still far off. A long hike and plenty of downclimbing lay ahead before we arrived at the base of the summit, but not before losing nearly 200 m of elevation.

We scrambled up a crack in the rock face and then traversed left to reach the arch that gives the mountain its name. After going under the arch, we climbed to a high point before the summit. Much to everyone's amusement, Andy skinny dipped in a large tank below the summit.

After Andy's dip, we continued to the summit of Bridge Mountain. We lingered long under cobalt skies in warm weather before starting back. But en route we took a side trip to climb another peak. Although North Peak is a few metres higher than Bridge, it calls for a little effort since we had to regain 200 m to the ridge crest. Afterwards, Shin led us down a trail to the cars.

Bridge Mountain was everything Dinah and I expected and more. And we count ourselves fortunate to have climbed it in good company.

KML and GPX Tracks
Shin's Photos

MOVIE (posted on YouTube)


Dinah and I got a lift in Jerry's Hummer


After walking up the road a short distance, we dropped down on the left side


Going up the wash


Marianne helps Malia climb up while Dinah waits


Dinah hauls herself up


Looking back


Stopping to regroup


Continuing up the wash


Looking down the wash


We'll soon reach the ridge crest


After gaining the ridge we saw Bridge Mountain. A closer look (mouse over) shows the arch.


We need to go around a canyon (yellow rock) before we can go left to Bridge Mountain


Bridge Mountain is still some distance away


Lingering snow


Jon jumps down


Climbing down


More downclimbing (mouse over to look up)


Behind is the rock face we just descended


We'll ascend the vertical crack above Shin


Starting up the crack


Climbing alongside the crack


Looking down


Shin walked over the arch while the rest of us went under


Past the arch, we climbed up the left side


Looking down at the arch


Starting up from the arch


Andy skinny dips in a tank below the summit


Eying the summit


Descending towards the hidden forest


The final climb to the top of Bridge Mountain


L to R: Me, Dinah, Malia, Jon, Marianne, Shin, Andy and Jerry


Marianne stands on Andy's shoulders


Heading back down the crack


Making our way to North Peak (above the girls)


On North Peak


View from North Peak


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