Ascent of Hamblin Mountain on 2015-12-21

Climber: bob l

Date:Monday, December 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hamblin Mountain
    Elevation:3310 ft / 1008 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked in the turnout area of the 18.2 mile trailhead. Talk about a serene spot. The vastness and antiquity of the Lake Mead area here is something special. I sat in my truck for awhile just looking and enjoying the morning and taking my time with my coffee. I then suited up and started the hike into the Cottonwood wash. It's pretty in many spots as the wash converges into canyons here and there. I passed the spring area and the dry fall that's there then continued up through the next, additional wash which also had artistic canyons. It's an easy stroll through this leg. I kept thinking about the geologic history. After more washy terrain and canyon surrounds, I reached the T-Intersection, which others have referred to as the junction with the old Arrowhead Highway. It did look kind of like a road going off to the left. I steered right and traveled through another impressively colored canyon area. It's eye catching here. The trail also develops more in this section but there are still a lot of minor forks breaking away here and there, and somehow, I detoured from the main trail and ended up on a nearby ridge. I quickly got to a high point and spotted the trail again, which was now meandering in an adjacent canyon. Interestingly, other trip reports that I've read document getting off track in this middle section of the hike. Also, when I was looking around, I couldn't actually tell which of the various high points was the peak. Once I got back on trail, it was another traipse through a big wash area then up another narrowing canyon until the summit saddle area. The hike's slope intensifies and greets you here and I welcomed this section of the trail as the views really opened up and amazed once I made the saddle. The summit is close by too and it is edgy with more fabulous shots in all directions. A lot of this hike is done in washes and canyons, but something to remember awaits on the summit.
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