Hiking the Southwest: The Best Hikes in Nevada, Arizona, by Branch Whitney

By Branch Whitney

Climbing the Southwest offers options for, descriptions of, and instructions to the easiest hikes and adventures in the course of the American Southwest. From canyoneering in Zion nationwide Park and scrambling in crimson Rock Canyon to mountain climbing the top peaks in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico, climbing the Southwest places all of them nearby. writer department Whitney has hiked and climbed greater than 3,000 miles, led 2,000 hikers to summits everywhere in the Southwest, and came across a few of the wildest scrambling routes within the nation. In climbing the Southwest, Whitney presents specific hike descriptions and huge colour pictures of key landmarks; priceless info at the distance, trouble, elevation achieve, classification ranking, and top season for every hike; and functional facts on allows, accommodation and camping out, and GPS waypoints. ultimately, one publication promises every thing you want to get the main out of the simplest hikes within the outstanding Southwest!

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4 miles up the road. All others should park at the pulloff. Note: We must have seen 10 police and highway patrol cars on NV95. Make sure to drive the speed limit. Comments: This is one of the better desert peaks in Nevada. The route description includes the hiker’s path, which makes this hike a delight. Without the path this could be a brushy nightmare. You get great views from the peak. On a clear day you can see Charleston Peak and entries in the register go back to the 1960s! A GPS is recommended for this hike.

From this point you’ll hike south around various forks of Ice Box Canyon before intersecting the traditional route to Bridge Mountain. Descend south off of the sandstone and follow a hiker’s path about 1,200 yards to the reddish-brown sandstone bowl that sits at the top of a fork of Ice Box Canyon. This bowl is visible from the orange boulder (see Photo 3). You have a great view into Ice Box Canyon along the bowl. A hike climbs out of Ice Box Canyon and up this bowl. See my website for the route.

The Hike: From where you parked (Waypoint 1), walk east about 350 yards on the road and across the desert to Waypoint 2, which is just to the right of the knob in Photo 1. Descend NW about 350 yards to the start of an abandoned road (Waypoint 3). You lose about 200 feet in elevation during the descent. Follow the road about 400 yards to a drainage (Waypoint 4) that comes in from the east (right). Pass Photo 2 Hike in the drainage or through the desert about 200 yards to where the drainage divides (Waypoint 5).

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