Although Pyramid Peak is guarded by a lengthy cliff band and a significant false summit, the terrain is generally much easier to negotiate than the upper ridge of Booth Pinnacle. I easily circumvented both the cliff band and the false summit, and the final summit block was a short but delightful romp. After radioing Kelly that I had reached the summit of Pyramid Peak, I dropped down to the col between the summit block and the false summit. This was where Stockman began his return trip down the north side of Pyramid Peak, but the route is obvious enough that I did not have to consult my GPS. The looseness of the upper slopes worked wonderfully for my descent, and although I had to find my way through a few twists and turns near the bottom, it was not long before I rejoined Kelly in the big wash below Booth Pinnacle. Though it was a long walk out, we had no problems retracing our steps through all the washes and back to my Jeep.
The drive out along the Boathouse Cove road was slow and problematic. The growing darkness made it difficult to see the road at times, and I actually made a wrong turn in one of the washes. Fortunately, I noticed my mistake fairly quickly (big boulders started to appear in front of me!), and I did not have to back up very far to find the correct route. Kelly and I both breathed a huge sigh of relief when we finally hit the pavement of the Northshore Road (highway).
The nerve-racking drive on the Boathouse Cove road aside, this was a
superb outing in terms of challenge, scenery and weather--my favourite of
our week in Las Vegas.
|Kelly walks across the washed out section of Boathouse Cove Road.|
|Kelly arrives at the usual "trailhead" for the approach to Booth Pinnacle and Pyramid Peak.|
|From the top of the low rise, Booth Pinnacle and Pyramid Peak are visible on the horizon at centre.|
|Kelly follows a good trail in the wash.|
|The terrain starts to open up closer to the two peaks.|
|Kelly finally reaches the big wash that runs along the north side of the peaks.|
|Kelly looks back down to the big wash as she climbs up the slopes north of Booth Pinnacle.|
|The west ridge of Booth Pinnacle is steep and rugged.|
|Kelly carefully climbs up the west ridge.|
|Here is the cairn on the 918-metre summit of Booth Pinnacle. Pyramid Peak is visible to the west.|
|Sonny and Kelly crowd around Booth Pinnacle's summit cairn.|
An amazing variety of rock is represented in this view to the northwest which includes Sentinel Peak (light-coloured rock at centre) and the Muddy Mountains on the horizon.
|The Overton Arm of Lake Mead and Manganese Peak (left) are visible to the east.|
|Kelly descends the west slopes of Booth Pinnacle.|
|The cliff bands guarding Pyramid Peak can be circumvented on the right.|
|Here is a look back at Booth Pinnacle from the slopes below Pyramid Peak.|
|A trio of sheep are perturbed by Sonny's presence.|
|The summit block of Pyramid Peak comes into view.|
|Surmounting the summit block is easier than it appears.|
|Sonny stands on the 922-metre summit of Pyramid Peak.|
|A helicopter flies over the area.|
|The view to the northwest is similar to that from Booth Pinnacle.|
The Redstone Peaks (unofficial) are visible to the north at right. The peak on the left is unnamed.
|Here is Booth Pinnacle as viewed from the summit of Pyramid Peak. On the horizon at right is Bonelli Peak.|
|Booth Pinnacle is worth a second look.|
Here is a more comprehensive view of Booth Pinnacle and Lake Mead.
|This part of Lake Mead is known as Virgin Basin.|
|A small cactus grows uncharacteristically in a shady wash.|
|This unnamed peak is a useful landmark for navigation.|
|Kelly hikes past some colourful rocks in the wash.|
|Total Distance: 20.0 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 7 hours 38 minutes
Total Elevation Gain: 893 metres