Sunday, January 17, 2010

Last Hike in Red Rock: Gunsight Notch Peak

Last hike in Red Rock could be taken a lot of ways: The last hike I will ever do, the last hike I did or the last hike before the snow sets in. It was the last hike in all probability before the snow sets in. The forecast calls for rain and snow this week.

Gunsight Notch Peak is a strenuous scramble to a peak that overlooks Gunsight Notch and Juniper Canyon. Since there was still lots of snow in the Notch, we took the traditional route up through Pine Creek.

Stats for Gunsight Notch Peak:
Distance: 6 miles — round trip
Elevation gain: 2,200 feet
Elevation peak: 6,200 feet
Time: 4 to 6 hours
Difficulty: 4
Class: 3

There's a variation that I found a few years ago that follows the ridge once inside Gunsight Notch Canyon. Both routes are in the members only section, which you can join for free via Trial Play. More information.

Mt. Charleston:
Charleston received 10 inches of new snow last night. Chains or 4wd vehicle are required. If you are the first one to snowshoe after a snow like this, you will be breaking trail. It's very strenuous and a good workout.

Red Rock:
It snowed in Red Rock last night, but I do not know how much. I would stick to Calico Basin routes, if there's no snow. I will update this soon.