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Cockscomb Peak
Spring Mountains, Nevada
September 28, 2012

Weighing in at under 3000 m, Cockscomb Peak is surrounded by higher and more impressive mountains. But when it comes to an enjoyable ascent, I doubt if many peaks in the Spring Mountains can compare. In the Spring Mountains, I've climbed a few peaks and seen the tops of many, but Cockscomb is the only summit I know that is free of trees and manmade structures. And with its engaging route, one with changing scenery, you have a delightful little peak.

Summitpost provides a sparing route description for Cockscomb Peak, enough detail to get you up, but it doesn't mention the old mine along the way or the beautiful bristlecone trees and the numerous pinnacles on the ridge. Here's what it does say. Hike up a canyon to a trail leading to Stanley B Springs. From the springs, turn right and head up another canyon. After a time, look for a place to ascend the ridge on your left (we ascended just past some flagging). The ridge leads to a saddle but it was so well-concealed by pinnacles and rock outcrops, that it left us guessing where it was exactly. But once on the saddle, the peak is only a few minutes away.

As I mentioned the summit is bare, so you can appreciate uninterrupted views of several peaks, including Griffith Peak and Mount Charleston. Anyone having traversed Griffith to Charleston will appreciate seeing the long ridge between them. After taking in the views, return the same way.

KML and GPX Tracks


The trailhead


Starting up the canyon


On the trail near the spring


At Stanley B Springs, Dinah reads the sign (mouse over)


Following the canyon after the spring


Western columbine by the spring


100 m after the spring is an old mine (mouse over to read the sign)


Going up the canyon


On the ridge


The summit is the rock point on the right


Views ahead were limited


Behind is Mummy's Toes and Fletcher Peak


Looking down Kyle Canyon


Dinah waits for me just before the saddle


The summit is straight ahead


On the way to the summit, Dinah passes a large, old bristlecone pine


Looking back at the same tree


On the summit


On the way back down, we passed a rock balanced on a pinnacle


Back at the trailhead there were several of these butterflies flitting about the flowers


Charleston Peak 1:24,000 Topo (4.7 mi, 9718 ft, 2497 ft)


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