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142 viewsHeading West towards the Spring Mtn Range. The summit is the barren peak in the middle of the picture.
71 viewsThis is the 1955 plane crash site, where 14 people were killed in a military accident. Once the classified material was removed from the site, the rest was left for the park service to remove. Due to the remote location, it is a very low-priority task. Hikers have stripped many of the parts for souvenirs, but there is plenty left!
58 viewsWe decend, and begin to re-enter the vegetation zone.
57 viewsWe zig-zagged down a narrow canyon back towards the Cathedral Rock picnic area.
53 viewsLooking West- Pahrump in the distance!
52 viewsOver 10,000 ft in altitude, the clouds are so close you could hit them with a rock!
50 viewsSuccess! 11,918 ft. Camera facing South. The small ammo case contains a geo-cache and a log book that went back as far as September 2006.
47 viewsDriving up Kyle Canyon Rd (Rt 157) towards the trailheads. The summit peeking from behind some trees...
43 viewsYes, there are sections that are this steep. HEaven help you if you slip and start to fall. The rocks are so loose, and there is evidence of rock slides.
43 viewsAn engine. Use Briars leg as a reference for the size, and you'll see why this is still there.
42 viewsThis is Andy at the Trail Canyon junction with the North Loop trail. At this junction, you cut West and it takes you to the summit. It's still before 8AM!
41 viewsWe had come approx. 9 miles. This is a great shot of the back of "Mummy Mountain" - you can make out the head and face on the left, then the torso and the toe.
41 viewsStarting down the "South Loop" trail.
40 viewsA particularly treacherous section. The drop off to the left is dizzying.
40 viewsWalking along the southern part of the summit ridge.
39 viewsView from the summit to the South-West. Pahrump just out of picture to the right.
39 viewsTop of the South Loop switchbacks. Griffith Peak is a very short distance from here, but we were getting tired so we just started down. We'll be back.
38 viewsLooking back down Kyle Canyon- you can just barely make out the homes in the center of the picture.
38 viewsStill hiking West, then South. You can just make out some of the final switchbacks leading to the summit. At this point, we couldn't figure out where the trail was going to take us!
38 viewsCamera facing North, small locked structure behind me- possibly some sort of radio repeater?
38 viewsAn alpine meadow. And a wife.
38 viewsLooking DOWN on Cathedral Rock. Again, the TT is parked on the road at the far left. We walked out to the main road where we encountered Jeff, who we had bumped into earlier in the day traveling the opposite direction. (He did South Loop, Summit, then North Loop and Trail Canyon.) We joined him for a few beers at the Upper Mt. Chas Lodge, then he gave us a ride back to our car. 17 miles total distance, just over 11 hours.
37 viewsWe're getting into the thick of the mountains now. Behind the ridge behind us is the small community of Mt Charleston.
36 viewsI tried to bring back pieces for everybody. You can see we are still on the main ridge, just to the South of the summit.
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