Ascent of Muddy Peak on 2010-03-14
|Others in Party:||Can't Find ClimberID 2510|
|Date:||Sunday, March 14, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||5387 ft / 1641 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe road coming in is a challenge, it took us about 2 hours to make the trip from the northern edge of Las Vegas. From the trailhead, the road continues (but can't be driven on due to wilderness restrictions). But don't get lulled into following it too long as it goes to far west. Once the road has descended after the initial pass, one can turn left (south) and head for the prominent pass west of Muddy Peak. The route to the pass is relatively easy class 1-2.
Once at the pass, one needs to make a sharp left and head up to the ridge. THIS IS THE WORST PART OF THE HIKE - it has terrible loose class 2 terrain, which is bad going up, and worse coming down. Once partway up the ridge, one can see faint use trails and occasional cairns. Once at the ridge, I strongly suggest following the ridgeline - while there is some class 3 scrambling, at least the ground is solid.
When one finally approaches the main wall separating the peak from the rest of the ridge, look for a chute almost in direct line with the approaching ridgeline - this chute leads all the way to the summit. But be warned - there is loose rock in the chute, so be sure the group either stays on top of each other or spaces out appropriately.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3207 ft / 977 m|
| Extra Gain:||450 ft / 137 m|
| Distance:||9 mi / 14.5 km|
| Route:||Standard Route - NW ridge|
| Trailhead:||trailhead north of peak 3080 ft / 938 m|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Time Up:||3 Hours 15 Minutes|
| Time Down:||3 Hours |
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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