Ascent of Muddy Benchmark on 1994-11-25

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, November 25, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Muddy Benchmark
    Elevation:5433 ft / 1655 m

Ascent Trip Report

The name comes from the Muddy River which flows into Lake Mead SE of Overton. Probably applied by the Jedediah S. Smith party in 1826. The name may have come from an Indian name which sounded like "muddy", but meant "fertile soil". (Carlson, p. 174)

The most common approach to Muddy Mountain is via Hidden Valley north of the peak. From Las Vegas drive NE on I-15 for about 33 miles to exit 75 marked "Valley of Fire, Lake Mead". Leave I-15 here and travel highway 169 SE for 3.1 miles to where the road turns left. Continue straight ahead on the dirt road which is marked as the Bitter Springs Trail, a BLM Scenic Byway. Reset your odometer here. At 4.1 miles there is a BLM sign and a fork to Colorock Quarry, continue straight. At 8.5 miles a rock quarry is on the left and at 8.8 miles stay left into a wash. Turn left at a fork at 9.1 miles as the road drops down into White Basin. The prominent pinnacle of Muddy Peak will be visible to the SW as you reach a junction at 10.1 miles. Turn right here and go 1.0 miles to a Muddy Mts. Wilderness Study Area sign at the end of the drivable road. Begin the hike here on the old road going west over a hill and into scenic Hidden Valley then head SW into a canyon west of point 1455m. At the head of the canyon turn SE up the slope to the ridge. The summit is now visible to the SW. Contour SW on the left side of a hill to a saddle then turn south up the broad , gentle slopes to the top. Roundtrip hiking time is about 5 hours. A detailed description of the Muddy Mountain area is given in "Hiking the Great Basin", Rev. ed., by John Hart, pages 136-143. 11/94 RLC
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