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View from Horn Toad Peak

Horn Toad Peak and Little Pyramid
Lake Mead NRA, Nevada
October 22, 2015

The peaks near Redstone Picnic Area are trifling and would probably go unnoticed and unnamed if not for the beautiful sandstone rocks of the picnic area that lure visitors. Dinah and I had climbed Redstone Peak, Mystery Cairn, and Vista Peak a few years ago, and now we returned, along with Sonny, to do Horn Toad Peak and Little Pyramid Peak.

Out first objective, Horn Toad Peak, can be seen from the parking lot. After following paths through the red sandstone outcrops, we crossed the desert flats to the wash immediately east of Horn Toad. After following the wash part way, we broke off to climb a steep slope to a notch beneath the summit. An hour and a half after starting out, we were standing on top of Horn Toad Peak.

After getting an eyeful of the surrounding desert landscape, we dropped back down and made our way to Little Pyramid Peak. While Dinah and I traversed below intermediary high points, Sonny endeavoured to bag each one. But we all climbed over the last high point. Like Horn Toad, the climb to the summit of Little Pyramid ended with a brief scramble. After having lunch, we returned to the base of Horn Toad and followed the wash next to it all the way down.

Despite doing five peaks near Redstone Picnic Area, there remains two others left to do: East Redstone Peak and Tall Cairn, reason enough to return another day.

Sonny's Trip Report
KML and GPX Tracks



From Redstone Picnic Area, we headed to Horn Toad Peak (centre)


We went up the wash on the east side of Horn Toad


We ended up climbing to the notch above me


The slope steepens near the top


From the notch, it's a short scramble to the summit


Standing on Horn Toad Peak


Summit register


Redstone Peak, Mystery Cairn and Vista Peak


Our next stop: Little Pyramid Peak


Little Pyramid is well in the distance


The false summit before Little Pyramid (click for a larger image)


Looking back at Horn Toad (mouse over for a close-up)


Redstone, Mystery and Vista on the right (click for a larger image)


Little Pyramid seen from the false summit (click for a larger image)


We aimed for the notch on the right


Hiking up the notch


There's a short scramble just below the summit


Posing next to the summit cairn


View from Little Pyramid Peak


Sentinel Peak and Hamblin Peak (click for a larger image)


Muddy Mountain (centre) and Muddy Peak (right)


Pyramid Peak lies 5 km south


On our way back, we followed the wash next to Horn Toad Peak


We never saw a horn toad (aka horned lizard) but did find this great basin collared lizard


Heading back to Redstone Picnic Area


We passed through the red sandstone rocks a second time


Boulder Canyon 1:24,000 Topo (3.9 mi, 3369 ft, 1089 ft)

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