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View from Horn Toad Peak

Horn Toad Peak and Little Pyramid Peak
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 before Little Pyramid. 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 remain two others left to do: East Redstone Peak and Tall Cairn, reason enough to return another day.

KML and GPX Tracks
Sonny's Trip Report



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


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


Looking back after we entered the wash


We ended up climbing to the notch above me


Starting up Horn Toad


Hiking up the lower slopes


Looking back


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


Sonny took a different route and appears in the centre on the skyline


The false summit before Little Pyramid


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


Redstone, Mystery and Vista on the right


Little Pyramid seen from the false summit


Dinah reaches a saddle while Sonny descends from a high point


From the saddle, 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


Looking back at Horn Toad


Sentinel Peak and Hamblin Peak


Muddy Mountain (centre) and Muddy Peak (right)


Pyramid Peak lies 5 km south


Coming down from the notch


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


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