Hamblin Mountain is just one of many half-day trips that can be found in Lake Mead Recreation Area. Trips here have never failed to captivate Dinah and I, and Hamblin was no exception. We were amazed by the kaleidoscope of colours en route to this small volcanic peak. Even the overcast skies that day couldn't dull the bright hues. From the rich red sandstone to the multicolored mudstones, the rocks grabbed our attention throughout the trip.
We used Jim Boone's route description which begans with a hike up Cottomwood Wash. Even with his waypoints, however, finding our way wasn't easy; the route encompasses a maze of washes, and at junctions we had to be sure we took the correct turn. Although we took our time, we still made a couple of slight navigation errors. Fortunately we didn't get far afield and were able to get back on track quickly.
Other than a couple of short scrambling bits, Hamblin was a hike. In the final broad wash, we found an obvious trail and followed it all the way to the summit. From there, Lake Mead spread out below while around us we recognized a few peaks that we had climbed. But we also saw several unfamiliar peaks, peaks that offered an excuse to return to the area and take in more of the area's vivid scenery.
A couple of minutes after starting out, the trail drops down into Cottonwood Wash
Hiking up the wash
Even overcast skies couldn't suppress the colours
Red sandstone cliffs appear along the route
A confusion of washes converge here (not seen are two more left of the photo). We took the
wash seen on the far left in the photo.
Looking back at some amazing features
The summit (centre) comes into view. We found a trail in the broad wash on our right.
Dinah climbs out of a box canyon
Behind us, Muddy High Point and Muddy Peak (mouse over for a close-up)
Dinah approaches the summit
On the summit, Lake Mead sets the background
Razorback Ridge (left), Sentinel Peak (centre right), Pyramid Peak and Booth Pinnacle (right).
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