Hollow Rock Peak
Looking for a half-day trip coupled with a short drive, Sonny, Dinah and I found it in Hollow Rock Peak. We had no trouble following Jim Boone's route description. From the trailhead near a small town west of Las Vegas, we followed a trail up a bushy, treed slope before gaining the ridge. Continuing east along the ridgeline, we soon arrived at a high point, higher in fact than Hollow Rock Peak which lies further along the ridge. Continuing on, the trail undulates through scattered pinyon and juniper trees with plenty of opportunities to view the dark and brooding slopes of Potosi Mountain on the right juxtaposed with pale rocks of Windy Peak on the left.
600 m before reaching the summit the landscape changes dramatically. Grey limestone gives way to white, yellow and red sandstone while pinyons and sagebrush become scarcer. The ridge drops down and then rises to hit the summit of Hollow Rock Peak. It tops out at a boulder the size of a house.
When it was time to go, we followed the ridge back to a low point and eyeballed the slope on our left. Far below we could see a dirt road. Although much of the terrain was hidden from our view, it appeared feasible to reach the road. Nor were we the first to use this descent route for soon after starting down we encountered a good trail. It dropped down before climbing to a shoulder on the right side of a white sandstone canyon. At the top of the shoulder we hit a red sandstone road and followed it down to where it intersected with the dirt road. The dirt road, annoying with its many ups and downs, paralleled the highway and led back to our car.
After an enjoyable hike to Hollow Rock Peak we returned to Las Vegas with plenty of time to do other activities. For Dinah and Sonny that meant winning money at the casinos. At least that was their plan but it didn't exactly turn out that way. As for me, I sat down to plan a trip up another desert peak.
Starting up the road. After the tower the road becomes a path.
The view west
Hiking along the ridge
Mount Potosi to the south
Stopping at the lowest point along the ridge
Windy Peak (click for a larger image)
From here to the summit we'll be hiking on sandstone
Looking back at the colourful sandstone
The summit block is the second point from the left
The first of two drops before the summit
Looking back at the first drop
The second drop. The summit block appears above Dinah.
Looking back at the second drop
Hiking up the other side
The summit block
Sonny scrambles up
Sonny on the summit of Hollow Rock Peak
Dinah and I climbed to this high point next to the summit
Sonny feigns weariness as we walk back along the undulating dirt road
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