Lone Mountain is a lowly but rugged peak entirely within the Las Vegas city limits, and climbing it is not a particularly demanding endeavour (according to
Summitpost.com though, there are actually technical routes as difficult as 5.8 on this puny mountain--believe it or not!). As such, the mountain is very popular with locals and their dogs/children. With the sky having cleared up, I could not resist detouring to make a quick
ascent of the peak. Wearing just light hiking shoes, jeans and a cotton T-shirt, I virtually ran up and down this peak via the "tourist" trail on the northwest side (round-trip time of 30
minutes). Though I did not have my regular camera with me, I was still able to snap some respectable photographs with my iPhone (I was not even aware of the camera's zoom capabilities at
the time). I never did find the REI store, but after bagging Lone Mountain, I did not really care and simply headed back to the Premium Outlet Mall to extract Kelly from the insane
Christmas shopping crowds.
|Lone Mountain's west face rises from the parking area.|
|The "tourist" trail is pretty obvious.|
|The north ridge has a nub that can be ascended as well.|
|A few people can be seen at the summit.|
|Sonny takes a self-portrait on the 1018-metre summit of Lone Mountain.|
|The community of Summerlin dominates most of the southern view.|
Cheyenne Mountain (unofficial name) is a few blocks to the west.
|To the northwest, the Spring Mountains are obscured by clouds.|
|Gass Peak is to the left on the horizon in this view to the northeast.|
|Most of the major boulevards in Las Vegas run straight and long.|
Here is the quintessential view of Las Vegas from the top of Lone Mountain.
I would eventually return on New Year's Eve 2019 to ascend Lone Mountain in the dark.