Redstone Peak, Mystery Cairn and Vista Peak
At 1068 m, Redstone Peak is the highest peak in Redstone Park, east of Las Vegas. It's also one of a few peaks closely grouped. These peaks are so miniscule and close to one another that it's a wonder why they are all named. We hiked a loop that included Redstone, Mystery Cairn and Vista Peaks. We got the idea from Summitpost.
A downturn in weather had us starting off in jackets and gloves with a temperature of just 9°C and it didn't get much warmer than that. We stayed on the trail that loops around the red rocks before leaving it to hiking offtrail to the three peaks.
There were no difficulties and we could have easily added more peaks – Tall Cairn, East Redstone and Horn Toad – in our loop although these smaller peaks probably wouldn't have added any views. Not only did we enjoy the far-reaching scenery but also the cactus blooms and occasional lizard at our feet. And then there were the stunning red rocks, worth a visit even if one doesn't climb peaks.
Left to right (black-topped peaks): East Redstone, Redstone, Mystery Cairn and Horn Toad
Starting up the trail, Redstone Peak on the left
We soon leave the trail and hike off-trail
Scrambling up red rocks
We head to to the saddle to the right of Redstone Peak
Heading to the summit
Looking back before reaching the summit of Redstone
On the summit of Redstone Peak
On our way to Mystery Cairn Peak
Vista and Mystery Cairn Peaks
Heading to Mystery Cairn Peak
After reaching the saddle we start up to Mystery Cairn
The view north
A huge cairn tops the mountain
Posing on top of Mystery Cairn
Lacking obvious spines, Beavertail cactus appears harmless but bear nearly invisible prickles
that are painful when they become embedded in your skin. I learned that the hard way!
Lake Mead set the backdrop as we headed for Vista Peak
Skyline shows jagged rocks
Going back to the red rocks
Easy travel at the bottom
We passed by Little Pyramid and Horn Toad Peak
Looking back from the edge of the red rocks at Horn Toad
Exploring the rocks
Dinah peers through a window. East Redstone and Redstone Peaks behind.
More cool rock
Dinah stands in an opening
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