After checking out of the Desert Rose Resort (a very enjoyable stay with all the amenities of a condo; rated #4 out of 287 Las Vegas hotels by Trip Advisor), we had time for a quick trip before we caught our plane back to Calgary. Although there are several small peaks to choose from near Las Vegas, we settled on Northshore Peak. We followed the East Ridge route as described on Jim Boone's website, Hiking Around Las Vegas.
Travel was easy for the entire trip, mostly offtrail hiking. Just before the summit there's a drop that we circumvented to avoid, dropping down the south slope a short ways before regaining the ridge.
The views were fine on top but we didn't have time to linger. On the return trip, we came down a slope west of our ascent route. A canyon forced us to keep west until we reached the highway and walked back to our car.
Although a minor peak, Northshore Peak provided a nice finish before we had to leave Las Vegas.
Northshore Peak from the parking lot
We ascended the little ridge far left but came down the open slope above Dinah.
Heading to the little ridge
On the little ridge, great views to the north
After the little ridge, we kept left but could have ascended the mountain anywhere.
Heading up to the main ridge
View to the east
Following the ridge crest
Muddy Peak rises above the Bowl of Fire
There's a drop-off before the summit.
Going around the drop-off
Regaining the ridge crest
On the summit
Our route circumvents this canyon on either side.
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