View from Horn Toad Peak
Horn Toad Peak and Little Pyramid
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.
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
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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