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Halfmellow Peak
Lake Mead NRA, Nevada
October 18, 2018

Like many mountains near the Redstone Picnic Area in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Halfmellow Peak is a minor point that lies in the midst of incredible red sandstone. Halfmellow itself isn't comprised of this rock, but we passed some beautiful, crimson outcrops.

Shin, Dinah and I parked at a pullout on Northshore Road and walked a short distance down the pavement to reach the start of the trail. The trail, a combination of road and wash, leads to Pinto Valley. After reaching the valley, we turned up a side wash.

In the side wash, a towering sandstone outcrop caught our eye, but we left it to investigate later. First we wanted to climb Halfmellow Peak. After passing the outcrop, we climbed out of the wash onto desert flats. We followed alongside the wash on easy terrain. We headed to a canyon that would take us to the north ridge of the mountain.

The canyon was rugged and complex, prone to branching, but was no more than a class 2 climb. After reaching a saddle, we turned left and hiked easily to the summit a short distance away. From there we could see Little Pyramid Peak and Sentinel Peak, and of course Lake Mead. After lunch, we headed back down.

In Pinto Valley, we detoured to take a close look at the sandstone tower we had passed earlier. The enormous, crimson outcrop was worth examining. Then we dropped down into the wash below that led back to our approach. We enjoyed the hike and by the time we got back to our car, we were feeling, well, half mellow.

KML and GPX Tracks


Starting up the old road from the highway


We followed the road for a couple of klicks before we entered a wash


Hiking up the wash


Back on the road which leads to Pinto Valley. The red mountain ahead is Sentinel Peak.


We passed red sandstone rocks that looked like fun to explore


We'll exit the road at a wash at the right end of the dark ridge in the centre


Hiking down the wash


We left the wash and climbed the right side after passing the red sandstone outcrop


We came back later to take a closer look at the outcrop


We made our way to the canyon on the left


We passed more sandstone outcrops


A closer look at the sandstone


After going around a corner we saw the ascent canyon ahead


The saddle is to the right of the tooth-shaped rock above us


Looking back after we started up the canyon


We passed a feature in the canyon that we dubbed the "Halloween Rock"


Overhead we spied a small balancing rock (mouse over for a close-up)


The canyon is rugged and steep in places but only a class 2 climb


We're almost at the tooth rock


Looking down through a window at Dinah and Shin (mouse over for their view)


We turned right just before reaching the saddle


After starting along the ridge, we could see Little Pyramid Peak on our right


We hiked easily up the ridge to the summit


On the summit


Returning to the saddle, we started down the left side of the canyon where we found soft scree


Back in the valley we came across a barrel used to water plants via a hose for some experiment

One of the areas set up to receive the water


We passed a sandstone outcrop on our left but didn't bother to visit it


We headed to the sandstone outcrop we passed earlier


Remains of a desert tortoise shell


Coming up to the towering outcrop


Taking a closer look

From the outcrop, we dropped down to a wash below and followed it back to where it joined the wash we hiked up


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