For an alternate exit from the area,
continue driving westward along Garrison Black Rock Road for 9.0
kilometres to the junction with Crystal Peak Road. Turn left and
drive south for 31 kilometres to reach pavement again on Highway 21.
Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak The Wah Wah Mountains stretch away
to the south. The peak at right is unnamed.
Crystal Peak rises up behind Zosia in this view from near the starting
point of the hike.
Here is a closer look at the northeast
face of Crystal Peak.
Zosia hikes along the interface between the regular desert scrub and
Crystal Peak's volcanic tuff.
Zosia reaches the saddle on the southwest side of Crystal Peak.
Zosia scrambles up pockmarked slabs.
Zosia descends an awkward step in order to bypass some steeper terrain.
Route-finding can be a little challenging on Crystal Peak.
Sonny climbs up the crux--an exposed section about 3 or 4 metres high.
Zosia comes up the crux. The exposure is better illustrated here.
Sonny and Zosia stand on the summit of Crystal Peak (2160 metres).
Garrison Black Rock Road can be seen
continuing westward in this view from Crystal Peak's summit.
Though obscured by clouds on this day, the peaks of Great Basin
National Park would normally be visible on the horizon at far left.
There are apparently a lot of fossil beds at the foot of the unnamed peak
to the north.
The most notable feature to the southeast is Frisco Peak on the right
Zosia carefully descends an awkward drop-off on the way down.
Zosia is past all serious difficulties as she descends this south-facing
Here is a last look at the unique slopes of Crystal Peak.
Distance: 4.2 kilometres
Round-Trip Time: 2 hours 44 minutes
Net Elevation Gain: 242 metres
Photo courtesy of Zosia Zgolak
The Wah Wah Mountains stretch away to the south. The peak at right is unnamed.