North Peak in February of 2013.
The trailhead for this non technical route is located approximately 2 miles up Rocky Gap Road inside Red Rock National Conservation Area. If you're not familiar with Rocky Gap Road, this means that you'll only be able to reach this trailhead by foot or in a high clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle. Once we found the right place to start, we just hiked up the unmarked but very well defined trail and trekked up to the ridge line. When we started getting near the ridge line, the route became less of a dirt path and required more following cairns up the sandstone slab. The route finding wasn't that difficult because we were literally aiming for the ridge.
After we made it to the ridge, we simply traversed to the south and a little east along the beautiful ridge line.
|If you look closely, you can see hikers coming across the ridge line in the upper left corner.|
|Looking south towards Ice Box Canyon and Bridge Mountain.|
|Looking more to the North where you could see Griffith Peak covered in snow. Later in the day, on our way down, you couldn't even see Griffith because there were thick snow clouds covering the peak.|
After traversing the ridge line, we did a teensy bit of scrambling to make it out on to Lost Peak (yay! my 27th card!!) before heading towards North Peak, the tallest peak in Red Rock. Lost Peak is sometimes referred to as Lost Creek Peak, and on our quick jaunt over to North Peak, it wasn't very difficult to find lost creek.
|On top of the rock is the best, most trustworthy teacher. I feel so fortunate to have such wonderful friends!|
Before long, I felt surprisingly comfortable with rappelling on that particular rock (it was only about 25 feet...I'm still working my way up to longer rappels) and I was ready to ham it up for the camera =)