DAY HIKE: Moapa Peak

This is a trip to summit Moapa Peak  It offers great views of much of southern Nevada, a relatively short drive to the trailhead from the Las Vegas metro area, and some very nice hiking and scrambling.  But it is known mostly for its breathtakingly exposed knife-edge ridge that covers the last few hundred yards or so up to the summit.

Total Distance: 7.0 miles round trip
Total Elevation Gain: 3,400'
Altitude: 3,160' - 6,471'
Terrain Description: A mix of trail (Class 1) and off trail (Class 2) hiking, with some Class 3 climbing mixed in, some of which is exposed.
Approximate Hiking Time: 8 hours, including about an hour at the summit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is, of course, not for everyone; so please don't RSVP if you aren't experienced with this sort of climbing and/or don't deal well with exposure.  Thus, this hike isn't for beginners, children, pets, or people with a fear of heights.

Besides being on the LVMC Classic 50 list, Moapa Peak also appears on the Sierra Club Desert Peaks Section list, and the Nevada Peaks Club list.

So if you are interested and capable, please come enjoy it with us!

Please remember to answer the questions after RSVPing. If you are using a phone, the questions may not appear. Therefore, please check back again to answer the questions.

To participate in this outing, you must be a current, paid member of LVMC. You can obtain a membership via this link: http://www.lvmc.org/w.... The fee is $40 per year for a family/roommates or $30 per year for an individual. Please contact your organizer if you have any questions.

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  • Jeff C.

    Nice day! Thanks Eric!
    It was cool to see a lot of new faces.
    I ended up with a pair of red socks in my car...Jodie, are those yours?

    1 · April 14, 2014

    • Jodie

      No I only wear white socks, REI socks, and purple and gold LSU socks.

      April 14, 2014

  • Josef N.

    Thank you Eric for organizing and leading this Hike. What a great time to be out in Nature and enjoy its Beauties. Was great Fun and I enjoyed it a lot to be part of this elite Group.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Rob K.

    Great hike! Loved the second time along the ridgeline! It was great meeting and hiking with everyone. Hope to get on more of these LVMC 50 hikes! Thanks Eric for leading a fun trip!

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Amber C.

    Such a great day with an absolutely wonderful group! Eric, you're a gem! You were so wonderful and patient with everyone.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Eric K.

    Thanks all who attended- I had a great time and enjoyed meeting those I hadn't hiked with before!

    April 13, 2014

  • Jodie

    Thanks Eric!!! I just wish B and C coulda' seen me up there. I can't wait to see pics of me on the knife!

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Lyn B.

    Exhilarating, challenging, very satisfying. Thank you Eric for organizing and inspiring. Thanks also you incredibly motivated fellow hikers.

    3 · April 13, 2014

  • Jim M.

    Outstanding peak, done once again with an outstanding group, wind not withstanding! And few of us were standing on the narrow parts, preferring to keep all fours on the mountain when the gusts went through. Glad I did it again, it was well worth it.

    2 · April 13, 2014

  • Jeff C.

    I didn't have any idea either until this morning...work and other plans bouncing back and forth. Should be a fun day.

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Jodie

      Oh YAY! I am riding with you!!!!

      April 12, 2014

    • Jodie

      It will be #39 DPS Peak and my #12 LVMC.

      2 · April 12, 2014

  • Jodie

    Jeff!!! You are coming with us tomorrow? How fun!!! I had no idea!!!

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Eric K.

    My Xterra can take me and 3 passengers- do we have a volunteer with a high-clearance vehicle to take the remaining 4 (driver + 3)?

    April 12, 2014

    • Jen C.

      We have a HCV but it is in use tomorrow. Since this is problematic and we are now such a big group, I will drop out. I will probably need time and tlc to handle the crux, so would probably be better with a smaller group.

      April 12, 2014

    • Eric K.

      No need for anyone to drop out- Jeff & I both have Xterras so there will be room for all.

      2 · April 12, 2014

  • Rob K.

    I think with the volatility going on with BLM and the Rancher I am going drop off this hike at this time. Thanks for the opportunity and good luck if you all end up going out there. I hope to catch this one again later.

    April 11, 2014

    • Eric K.

      For any concerned about the "commotion", please be aware that all the activity is south and/or east of the Moapa Peak area. Again, see the maps referenced here- http://www.blm.gov/nv...­

      April 11, 2014

    • Eric K.

      This just in --- BLM has ended the round-up!!! I guess they got tired looking like bullies on national TV.

      4 · April 12, 2014

  • Eric K.

    Unrelated to the hike, I'm noticing that some members signed up for this hike are using a site called Peakery. While that's an OK site, a much better one (more peaks, more peak lists, more info on the peaks, etc.) is http://www.peakbagger.com For those who don't know me, I'm a bit obsessed with the lower 48 states 2,000' prominence list - a little list with about 1,200 peaks on it!

    2 · April 10, 2014

    • Harlan S.

      You can register no-cost for ListsofJohn. ListofFred requires payment in kibble.

      1 · April 11, 2014

    • Jodie

      Omg! ListOfPippers!

      April 12, 2014

  • Eric K.

    The meeting details have been sent to those who RSVPed. If you did not receive it, please check your spam folder- if it's not there, message me here.

    April 11, 2014

  • Jen C.

    This is one I've been wanting to do, but I'm not sure about the exposure. I checked out all the photos, but can't really tell what the level of risk is (i.e., if you stumble is it more likely you'll be able to grab on, or are you airborne). I'm not the most coordinated person.

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • Lorraine W.

      what bart said. after frothing myself into a frenzy the week before doing moapa, i finally realized that i could stop before the knife edge. really took the edge off *snicker*

      1 · April 11, 2014

    • Jim M.

      It was like walking on an airplane wing 3000' above the ground. Well, more or less.

      April 11, 2014

  • Jim M.

    I just called the BLM office here in LV. Although access into Jack's Pockets, etc. is not in the cattle closure area, they said that dirt road is closed, but couldn't/wouldn't give me a reason. The Sierra Club climbed Moapa on the 6th without incident, but I saw the sign out there warning of citations that same day. The sign is old, and the paper is falling off it. I don't know what to think, as the area is clearly outside the cattle closure.

    April 10, 2014

    • Jim M.

      I found the discrepancy. There is a "spur" road that leads out of the dirt parking lot with kiosks, etc., for the Mormon Wilderness. That's closed, as it's not an authorized road. The "real" road in should be open. Sorry for any confusion. (I looked at an aerial photo and that cleared it up).

      1 · April 10, 2014

  • Jim M.

    Just a heads up. I went out there today to camp near the TH for Virgin Peak, meaning to meet some DPSrs out there for a list finish. They were supposed to climb Moapa today (I had another Sierra Club commitment), and Virgin tomorrow (Sunday the 6th). I was turned back by a forest service cop. It's all closed out there because they're rounding up some crazy rancher's cows who have been grazing illegally out there for years. So, OK, I thought, I'll just drive out to the TH for Moapa and climb it tomorrow. Nope, it's closed out there too. The ranger said it might be a month before the area is open again. Check into it before heading out there so you're not disappointed.

    April 5, 2014

    • Jodie

      I know, right, Bart? What about the rest of us who have multiple lists on peakbagger to finish...I swear...the nerve of some people.

      April 10, 2014

    • Jim M.

      The nerve of some cows! ...and some cow boys!

      1 · April 10, 2014

  • Eric K.

    I'm waiting to hear back from a couple people who did not completely answer the RSVP questions. I'll send out an email with meeting instructions tomorrow.

    April 10, 2014

  • Rob K.

    I hear that area is closed due to the rancher the government is having issues with. Does anyone know for sure if it's open?

    April 9, 2014

    • Eric K.

      The bottom line is I plan to proceed with the trip, but would propose an alternate peak should we be prevented from accessing Moapa.

      1 · April 9, 2014

    • Jodie

      If I want it...it will be accessible. Kinda like how it never rains when I'm hiking. See...what I do is wish that it just won't rain and boom! It doesn't rain even if forecast said it was supposed to. So in this situation I am wishing it to be open and watch....boom! We will summit Moapa!

      April 9, 2014

  • laszlo h.

    Sorry, Eric -- just had to change to 'can't go' as a familial duty arose at the last minute -- apologies, as I would love to go. Great Tin Mountain lead/company last weekend -- thanks again!

    April 9, 2014

  • Lori C

    Changed my rsvp. :( Was looking very forward to doing this again, and in such illustrious company. Miss you all and was looking forward to finally meeting those I haven't met yet. Oh, well.. I suppose it could turn out that my other crisis resolves itself!

    April 8, 2014

  • Jim M.

    This is a maybe, depending on snow conditions in the Duckwater and/or White Mountains. As of now it's not looking good, and I'd love to climb this one again.

    1 · April 5, 2014

    • Jodie

      But, you, Lorraine, and I need to climb SOMETHING while we are off from work Jim.

      1 · April 5, 2014

    • Lorraine W.

      dontcha know it.

      April 6, 2014

  • Eric K.

    You can see photos from a recent trip here- http://www.meetup.com/LasVegasMountaineersClub/photos/11689162

    April 2, 2014

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