Saturday, July 4, 2009

Various Updates

The speed limit along SR 159, the road to Red Rock, has been lowered to 50 mph. This is a good idea that could possibly save lives. The parking is forever gone at Red Rock. The old lot will be for BLM employees, which from what I have heard, will create more traffic going out to Red Rock, since all BLM employees will now work out at Red Rock.

Today (7-4), I led the traditional 4th of July hike to Macks Peak in Mt. Charleston. 11 hikers stood at the summit before high noon. This is a fun and very short hike, perfect for the 4th of July. The route is in good shape and the famous ramp leading to the peak has less and less rock on it. The first time I did Macks Peak (back in 1996), the ramp was a minefield of loose rock crashing down on the path below. It was dangerous. Over the years many rocks have fallen off the ramp making it safer.

Tonight I will join over 100 hikers and watch fireworks from the Muffin Ridge that overlooks Las Vegas. I have been wanting to do this for years and this is the year. It should be interesting.