Goat Bed Peak
There are no mountain goats in Red Rock Canyon, but that didn’t stop someone from naming a small point in the park, “Goat Bed Peak.” But there are “beds,” small ground clearings, but these could be only attributed to bighorn sheep.
Goat Bed Peak lies east of Graycap and can be reached by starting up Kraft Mountain Loop from Calico Basin. Dinah and I followed the trail, breaking off when it turned west. We crossed a drainage and came across another trail, paralleling the ascent ridge. We followed it until we were within reach of a saddle that was past the cliff bands. The ridge can be reached more directly, but we wanted to avoid the cliff bands and keep our trip to a class 2 climb.
After gaining the ridge, we plodded easily to the summit. Despite the modest elevation gain, the views were fine: we could see south to Potosi Mountain and west to La Madre Mountain. There was even a summit register bearing the misnomer, Goat Bed Peak. It’s not a name I would have chosen!
We started hiking Kraft Mountain Loop as it winds around the east end of Kraft Mountain
Goat Bed Peak comes into view on our left
We looked for a place to cross the wash ahead
After passing the intervening red sandstone spur we'll look for a place to gain the ridge
Looking back at the east end of Kraft Mountain
We can see where the cliff bands appear to end
The slope ahead is steep but only a class 2 climb
Slabs make the ascent easier than we expected
After gaining the ridge we found Goat Bed Peak directly ahead of us
The ridge is featureless except for this survey marker
Looking back at a hazy Las Vegas
In the lower right, are what must be bighorn sheep "beds"
Many of the beds held scat
To the north is Damsel Peak (click for a larger image)
Coming up to the summit
On the summit
There's even a summit register: "Goat Bed Peak 3/24/2012"
It's possible to continue along the ridge to climb Graycap (click for a larger image)
On our way back, 100 m from the parking lot, we noticed this white-tailed antelope squirrel. Usually they
flee but this one was probably used to people.
La Madre Mountain 1:24,000 Topo (5.2 mi, 5003 ft, 1312 ft)