View from Redstone Peak

Redstone Peak, Mystery Cairn and Vista Peak
Lake Mead NRA, Nevada
April 15, 2009

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


White-crowned sparrow


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


Checking out a window (mouse over for a close-up)


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


Climbing up


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


View from Vista Peak


Heading down, we passed a rock buttress full of holes. I inspected one of them (mouse over).


This is the largest lizard we've seen so far (mouse over for a close-up)


Heading down


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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