Switchback Spring Pinnacle is positioned at the summit of Switchback Spring Canyon. This summit on the Wilson Ridge is a low point on the ridge. Ascend an approach ridge from Lovell Canyon & CC Springs Roads to this potential crossover point from Lovell to Red Rock Canyons. The views from the pinnacle are spectacular including Lovell Canyon, The Rainbow Mountain Wilderness, Red Rock Canyon, The La Madre Mountains Wilderness, Mt. Charleston Wilderness, Las Vegas Valley and more! Click the image or title above for more detail.
Take a wild, untouched approach ridge from Lovell Canyon Road just South of CC Spring Turn-off to the base of the North Twin Mini Matterhorn Pinnacle on the Wilson Ridge. There are twin pinnacles just North of Red Rock Summit on the Wilson Ridge. Both have sharp drop-offs on three sides, conjuring up images, mini versions, of the Matterhorn. The East side of each pinnacle is a sheer thousand-foot cliff. The best time of year for this adventure is Spring or Fall. Summer my be too hot and Winter can bring icy conditions to the sheer drop-offs on this rocky ridgeline. Click the image or title above for more details.
This short, but complicated and time-consuming route up a spectacular wild pathless approach ridge takes you to a pinnacle facing a sheer cliff along with dramatic drop-offs to the right and left. The one final approach path to the pinnacle is a narrow rocky spine of a ridgeline. It’s a wonder that one can accomplish this adventure without exceeding class 3 climbing! Best time of year for this adventure is late Fall or early Spring. Click the image or title above for more details.
Switchback Spring is a little known, beautiful spring located in a canyon at the beginning of the first switchback stretch on Rocky Gap Road. The spring and ridge are accessed from the Willow Spring area in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. This adventure includes a short stretch on lower Switchback Spring followed by an ascent to the high ridge above and to the South. The objective is to scope out a possible route to the summit of the Wilson Ridge above. The spring and ridge are incredibly beautiful and offer a unique perspective of the Rainbow Mountains Upper Crest Ridgeline, the La Madre Mountain Ridgeline and points in Red Rock Canyon and beyond. The best time of year for this adventure is Fall or Spring. Click the image or title above for images, videos and details…
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Ascend the Wilson Ridge above and North of Rocky Gap Road to Red Rock Summit. Then traverse the ridge North two high points beyond Red Rock Summit. Finally descend a long gradual approach ridge back to Lovell Canyon Road. About 95% of this adventure is pure, wild, pathless wilderness. 360-degree views along the Wilson Ridge are spectacular. There’s some complicated navigation around brush, boulders, loose rock and ledges, but nothing beyond class 2 climbing. Click the image or title above for more detail.
Traverse the Rainbow Mountains Upper Crest Ridgeline in Nevada from Mt Wilson to Juniper Peak. Beginning on Lovell Canyon Road, ascend to the Upper Crest Ridgeline above Mt. Wilson, head North to the ridgeline above Juniper Peak, then descend again into Lovell Canyon. Click the image or title above for more detail.
Take a long, sometimes narrow and rocky approach ridge to the Wilson Ridge parallel to and above Rocky Gap Road to a prominent high point where Red Rock Summit commands the scene directly North. View the Northern and Southern stretch of the Wilson Ridge, the Northern Rainbow Mountains Upper Crest Ridgeline, Lovell Canyon, Harris and Mummy Mountains, Griffith Peak, the Las Vegas Strip and much more! Click the image or title above for more detail.
Little Zion in The Rainbow Mountain Wilderness of Nevada has the look and feel of Zion National Park, Utah. It’s located in the Southern portion of The Rainbow Mountains Upper Crest Ridgeline near Hidden Peak.
Juniper Peak summit base exploration, Nevada: From the Arnight Trail, through Juniper Canyon and up along the base of Brownstone Wall. Locate the Juniper Canyon entrance route; navigate the brush, boulders and ledges in Juniper Canyon, ascend above Juniper Canyon and explore various Juniper Peak summit routes along the base of Brownstone Wall.