Perseids Meteor Shower - Spring Mtns - Lovell Canyon Road

  • August 11, 2013 · 3:00 AM
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For meteor fanatics only - wake up early for a cool (60-70° F) viewing of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower far away from the light pollution of the Las Vegas valley. Elevation: 5000+ ft.

Unlike the past few years, the moon should not interfere with viewing. The last time I hosted this event was in 2008:

http://www.meetup.com/vegasadventurers/events/8145582/

I have not been out that way for a long time so correct me if there are any relevant changes that have taken place in the area. It is also possible that I won't be able to attend but hopefully someone else can take charge (not that there is much to do.)

For those coming from the northern part of Las Vegas, take Charleston Blvd west all the way past the Red Rock Scenic Loop on Highway 159 and then all the way south until you reach Highway 160. From the H159/H160 junction, turn right and go 13.8 miles west on Highway 160 over the Spring Mountains summit to the Lovell Canyon Road turnoff.

For others, take I-15 to Blue Diamond Road (Highway 160). Go west to Rainbow Blvd. From the intersection of Rainbow and H160, go 7 miles further to the gas station at the Highway 159 (Blue Diamond) turnoff. Do not turn, proceed west on H160 straight ahead 13.8 miles more to the LCR exit.

Alternatively, get on the 215 Beltway, turn south on Rainbow until you reach Highway 160, turn right (west) and go about 21 ( 7 + 13.8 ) miles to the Lovell Canyon Road turnoff.

On the one-lane Lovell Canyon Road go 4.4 miles north to an unmarked parking area on the left just after seeing a yellow caution "veer right" sign (if I remember right). If you start going downhill at this point, you went too far.

Maps

(1) Lovell Canyon Road (89161)

(2) http://ideaboomer.com... - to H159 / H160

(3) http://maps.google.co... - Spring Mountains summit

(4) http://ideaboomer.com... - Lovell Canyon Wash (topo map)

Note: sun starts rising before 5AM so it is better to arrive early than late or you may miss the show entirely. 

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  • Dhia

    Missed this morning. Going tonight. Do we have to go so far to see something good?

    August 11, 2013

    • Dhia

      Thanks Alaxi for the invitation! I read something that said from 10:15p to 4a so we are heading out now. I have learned the early am doesn't work for me ;) Sorry I will miss you.

      1 · August 11, 2013

    • Alaxi S.

      Did you guys get to see any

      August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry I missed everyone and the event. Slept thru my alarm!
    I did get a chance to go to Red Rock Sat night with the astronomy club. SUPER COOL STUFF!!! :)

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • xochilt a.

    I didnt see a single persom yesterday !! The meteor shower was awesome

    August 11, 2013

    • Alaxi S.

      there were about 5 awake when I got there & I think 2 sleeping? we missed you maybe next time? tonight?

      1 · August 11, 2013

  • Clark K., S.

    Fewer meteorites than I hoped for. Also quite chilly.

    1 · August 11, 2013

    • Alaxi S.

      I have heard all day on the news & radio, & that tonight is prime & throughout Aug 24 you can see;

      August 11, 2013

    • Alaxi S.

      Somebody ? the date... maybe tonight is prime? anybody interested in a repeat? or maybe a calico basin look?

      1 · August 11, 2013

  • Rosa W.

    Nice group of people.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Paul C

    Our group this evening saw about a dozen meteors so looking good for you guys.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • xochilt a.

    I'm excited definitely going tonight !!!

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Ellie

    Darn it, I just got called into work tonight

    August 10, 2013

  • Ellie

    Last time bob did this (2008) it was chilly! Bringing a jacket! Maybe even a blanket!

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd really like to make this one for sure! :)

    August 5, 2013

  • Alaxi S.

    Super I'm in
    Looking forward to seeing

    August 5, 2013

  • Alaxi S.

    I don't qualify as a fanatic, but I do enjoy watching
    may I attend still if I'm off?
    what's the hike like? sounds like its paved & NO actual hiking involved?

    August 3, 2013

    • Bob C

      Yes, everyone is welcome. Not really a hike, just conversations under the stars. The road is paved, the gathering area is just a clear area in semi-desert wilderness. A light jacket is recommended.

      1 · August 4, 2013

  • Ellie

    I love this event!

    August 2, 2013

  • Erica H.

    I believe the Lovell rd is totally paved now. The last time I was out there nov. 2012 it was closed for constuction.

    August 2, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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