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High Peak
Pahrump, Nevada
October 1, 2019

Distance: 6.5 km (4.0 mi)
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 410 m (1345 ft

High Peak isn't very high, but it's the highest point near Pahrump. We drove past the town and turned onto Bell Vista Road. The highway runs to Death Valley, but we stopped well short of that and parked at a pullout. Shin, Dinah and I then set off across the desert flats to the end of the north ridge. Except for skirting a couple of high points, we closely followed the crest. Before reaching the summit, the ridge drops down and rises to meet a narrow section.

This ridge section is slightly exposed and has an eight-foot class 3 downclimb. Beyond that, the top of High Peak is within easy reach. The summit bore both a cairn and a summit register. It also has a benchmark: Trump. No relationship, I'm sure, to the controversial U.S. president.

After a short stay, we started back down. We bypassed the narrow ridge using the slope on the south side. Although it avoids having to scramble, it was slippery, full of loose rock. We continued back along the ridge but diverged slightly to have lunch at a cairn on the west ridge. Afterwards, we retraced our steps back along the ridge, across the flats to our car.

KML and GPX Tracks

Setting off for the end of the ridge

The end of the ridge is a gentle ascent

Looking back after gaining the ridge

We skirted around the first high point on the ridge

The town of Pahrump lies east

Looking back along the ridge

The summit comes into view

After losing 20 m we hiked up an easy slope

Following the ridge to the summit

For the last section before the summit we dropped down to the right

Looking back along the ridge

Trump benchmark

Summit register

Pahrump Peak sits directly south

Coming down from the summit, Shin and Dinah bypassed the narrow ridge by using the south slope

On the way back, we stopped at the west ridge seen left here

Almost at the top of the west ridge

Posing on top

Heading back. Mount Charleston in the distance.

High Peak (4.0 mi, 3990 ft, 1112 ft)

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