After climbing a few mountains that required a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, Dinah and I were quick to embrace Gottlieb Peak. From our lodging in SW Vegas, we drove only twenty-minutes before getting to the trailhead at the west end of the city.
The route is well-described on Summitpost, but in a nutshell, Dinah and I crossed 3 km of desert to a wash that climbs to a saddle. Just before the saddle, the wash steepens but we easily scrambled up. The grade eased and we hiked to the saddle. There we turned left and continued to the summit of Gottlieb Peak. Actually there's a false summit but the true summit is only five minutes away.
From the summit, I was hoping to see the 3000-metre peaks of the Spring Mountains, now under fresh snow. But the view west was blocked by La Madre Mountain and we could only see the top of 3370-metre Griffith Peak. But other peaks were in clear sight. For the short drive and as a quick summit fix, the view from the top of Gottlieb Peak is hard to beat.
Crossing the desert flats to the wash between Gottlieb and Summerlin Peaks
The "desert flats" weren't that flat: we crossed several deep washes
Starting up the wash
We started up the right side but eventually crossed over to the left
We head to the cliff band in front of us
In front of us is a weakness in the cliffs
Looking back down the wash
While hiking up a ledge, I skirt around the sharp barbs of a yucca
Looking back from the saddle
From the saddle we head to the false summit
Pick your route!
Looking back, Sheep Mountain and Gass Peak on the skyline
The true summit from the false summit
A few Joshua trees en route to the summit
Looking back at the false summit
On top of Gottlieb
El Padre and La Madre on the left. Snow-covered Griffith Peak is barely visible (mouse over)
Six days earlier we had climbed Damsel Peak
You can't make it out, but our vehicle is dead centre
Heading back to the col, Summerlin Peak fills the view (Later I learned it can be climbed from
Back at the trailhead with Gottlieb and Summerlin Peaks in the background
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