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This is not as crazy as it sounds, but it's definitely not easy! Starting at Redstone Dune Trailhead we will go up past beautiful sandstone red rocks, then up the face of the mountains behind them as we will connect it between 5 different peaks in the immediate vicinity: East Redstone, Tall Cairn, Redstone, Mystery Cairn, and Vista (in that order) before looping back down. There are no trails and getting up to reach the first peak will likely be a tough slog (you’ve been warned!), after that the route should mellow a bit as it’s traversing between the peaks.
The hike will consist of primarily cross country desert hiking, scree, steep ascents, lots of elevation gain (ups and downs), and elements of steep class 2 and 3 scrambling with any exposure encountered being minor. This is not a route I've done but I do have descriptions and GPS tracks, and these peaks are right off Northshore Rd so we won't get lost. We will move at a moderately fast pace with only short breaks, and slightly extended breaks at each of the summits but keep in mind the goal is to hit all 5 and be done before dark. If there is extra time we will explore the red rocks on our descent.
This is not a good hike for beginners or those who are not at a reasonably fit hiking level. Please know your limits and understand what this hike entails before signing up, if I don't know you or can't determine your abilities based on your VegasHikers profile, I may inquire as to your experience.
All Stats are Approximate:
Distance: ~6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: ~3,000 feet, net
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours? (up to 7 including the drive)
Pace: medium fast
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Danger level: 2 of 5
Exposure: Minor, if any
Dogs & Kids: No
Guests: Must be cleared thru me
WHAT TO BRING: water (2-3L), electrolytes/lunch/snacks, layers of clothes, sturdy hiking shoes, headlamp/flashlight (shouldn’t need, but just in case!), trekking poles (if desired, could be helpful for scree)
We will meet in westside corner of the parking lot of the CVS (1402 E Lake Mead Pkwy) in Henderson and form carpools for the drive to the Redstone Dune Trailhead within Lake Mead NRA.
If you have any questions, send a private message or text[masked].
Organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.