Our friend Shin invited Dinah and I for a ridgewalk on Cheyenne Mountain. Although he had to work that day, he didn't have to be on the job until the afternoon, and that gave him enough time for a quick trip in the morning.
There are few peaks like Cheyenne that are so short and quickly accessed from Las Vegas. The mountain sits on the western edge of the city, so close to homes that I wondered if a strong arm could throw a rock from the summit and strike a house. Even so, the mountain held a sense of isolation.
We parked at the west end of W Alexander Road, west of Cliff Shadow Parkway which can be accessed from Interstate 215. Shin led us to the summit and then north along the ridge. The rock spine at the north end added a pleasant diversion before we dropped down to a dirt road which led back to our car.
Walking to the base of the mountain. Summit is centre.
Heading to the summit
The entire trip was little more than an offtrail hike
We pass by a flag. Lone Mountain on the left.
On the summit
Hiking to the first high point
First high point
Second high point
We started on the right side of the rock spine although it may have been easier to go left.
Once past the spine, we descended the strip of white rocks in the slope.
Some unusual fossils
Walking alongside the spine
Shin and I dropped over the spine
View from the spine
Looking back up the west side of the spine
Heading down to the white rocks below
Looking back at the ridge
Walking back along the road to our car
Blue Diamond NE 1:24,000 Topo (4.0 mi, 3848 ft, 912 ft)