Ascent of Lava Butte on 2016-01-18

Climber: bob l

Date:Monday, January 18, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lava Butte
    Elevation:2871 ft / 875 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked off of Northshore Rd. near mile marker 2 and started the hike in the Lava Butte wash. The neat thing about the wash is that you can see the mountain directly in front of you most of the way. It's an impressive mountain too. Smallish, but pretty and dark and strong. As I'm approaching it, I can tell it's got a lot of personality; it holds its own in this area of Lake Mead. I'm thinking how can you not want to climb it once you've seen it? Near the end of the wash, next to the mountain, I veered towards the southeast corner of the base area then followed up along the ridge. I reached a chute area and took that to a saddle area. As I was climbing in the chute, I was way too optimistic and actually thought this was near the peak already. It's not and a big steep rocky climb stares at you once you reach this saddle area. I pushed up this next section hugging the ridgeline and it too ends with another false summit. From here though, the actual summit is now in view just following up another rocky and sharply uphill ridgeline. There's lots of loose rocks along most of the entire route to the summit and it's a steep one for sure, but the summit makes it all worth it with great views of the Lake Mead area. I took the same route down although several other options seemed tempting. Back in the wash, I turned around several times to admire this mountain. It was a worthwhile, physical hike to a colorful mountain.
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