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View from a high point near the summit block

Hollow Rock Peak
Red Rock Canyon NCA, Nevada
October 14, 2013

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.
Dinah and I declined to try the exposed, 4th class climb to the summit, but Sonny scrambled up it. Meanwhile, Dinah and I made our way to an adjacent point nearly as high as the summit. Sonny joined us later and we sat down for lunch under an azure sky.

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.

Sonny's Trip Report
KML and GPX Tracks

Starting up the road. After the tower the road becomes a path.

The view west

Hiking along the ridge

Panorama from the highest point on the route

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

Heading back

Desert sheep

From the low point on the ridge, we dropped down to a trail that led to a red dirt road above the
white sandstone (click for a larger image)

Sonny feigns weariness as we walk back along the undulating dirt road

Blue Diamond 1:24,000 Topo (4.8 mi, 6168 ft, 853 ft)

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