Ascent of Gass Peak on 2020-09-20

Climber: bob l

Date:Sunday, September 20, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gass Peak
    Elevation:6943 ft / 2116 m

Ascent Trip Report

My daughter and I hiked this Vegas attraction. It was supposed to be near 100’ so we started early and got to the trailhead around 7:30am or so. The 12 miles of service roads to the trailhead were slow and bumpy, but not that bad in our 4 wheel drive. The trailhead is isolated and remote tucked in behind the impressive range that holds the peak and hides the big Vegas sprawl quietly sitting on the other side. The trail starts off on another service road which forks into 2 roads a short distance into it. These 2 directions meet back up later in the hike, but we opted to go left, which is reportedly easier and more scenic. The landscape is neat and typical Las Vegas desert and it reminds you of the reasons you like to hike. You can see the peak most of the way. It’s branded with people things on top and the metal structures glare at you and call you from the distance. The trail contours up one of the main ridgelines and is easy to follow. It’s surprisingly super steep in a few spots. There are some flattish areas, but the elevation is persistent throughout most of the hike. My daughter and I remarked a few times that none of these remote desert peaks are ever easy. This one was harder than I was expecting and seemed more difficult than a lot of the other trip reports make it out to be. When the trail crests, Vegas is in view. So is the empty vastness looking the opposite way to the north. Today, the top of the range was a little smoky due to the CA fires, but it was still great to look around and down upon where you have just been. It makes you feel like you made it somewhere unique and special. From this crest area, the peak is still a bit of a hike away, but approachable. The peak area is nice and big and it still has a frontier presence even with glitzy Vegas in the background and the man-made structures.
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    Weather:sunny and hot

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