Ascent of River Mountain on 2010-02-23

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Annette Kinsman
Date:Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:River Mountain
    Elevation:3789 ft / 1154 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a great hike, even though on the way up we didn't realize the road curved as far to the south as it did, and so we ended up climbing steeper terrain on the southwest ridge.

The view from the summit exceeded my high expectations - I think it is the best in the Vegas area, especially when there is snow on the surrounding mountains - we could see McCullough Mountain, Black Mountain, Potosi Mountain, the Spring Mountains, and the Sheep Mountains, all with snow on them!

If one keeps to the dirt road and takes it to the pass, then this is class 1-2. If one takes the southwest ridge, it is class 2-3.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1999 ft / 607 m
    Elevation Loss:1999 ft / 607 m
    Distance:10.6 mi / 17.1 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1799 ft / 547 m
    Extra Loss:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:dirt road to southwest ridge
    Trailhead:Burkholder Blvd @ 2140 ft  2140 ft / 652 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1849 ft / 562 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:northeast ridge to southeast ridge to dirt road
    Trailhead:Burkholder Blvd @ 2140 ft  2140 ft / 652 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 15 Minutes

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