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Northshore Peak, West Ridge
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Northshore Peak, West Ridge
Northshore Peak, West Ridge
Route as seen from Northshore Road (view E)

Overview

This difficult and exposed route heads cross-country from the trailhead to the summit of Northshore Peak. The route ascends a gully and very steep scree slopes to the west ridge, and then follows the 3rd-class ridge to the summit. Despite the relatively low elevation at the summit, the lay of the land is such that the views from the peak are spectacular. However, the views are the same if you walk up the mountain via the east ridge, and I would recommend using the East Ridge Route to climb this mountain. This difficult and exposed route should only be climbed by experienced mountaineers; while most routes look easier up close, this one looks harder up close.

Link to map.

Northshore Peak, West Ridge
Gully leading to saddle (view SE)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this is a difficult and dangerous route. A slip on the scree slopes, in the chute, from the summit ridge, or from the summit would result in serious injury or sudden death. If climbing with a friend, rockfall would be a constant danger.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, this is a rough hike in a remote area, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials.

Northshore Peak, West Ridge
Steep chute (view SE)

Getting to the Trailhead

This hike is located along Northshore Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, about 50 minutes northeast of Las Vegas.

From town, drive out to Lake Mead, then drive north on Northshore Road for about 19.2 miles to the Mile 19.2 Trailhead. Park here; this is the trailhead.

Northshore Peak, West Ridge
Airy Class-3 ridgeline at the summit (view E)

The Hike

From the trailhead (Table 2, Waypoint 8), the route crosses the highway and runs up washes to the base of a steep chute (Wpt. 7) that drops off the west ridge, just right of the summit cliffs.

The route ascends the steep chute to the crest of the ridge (Wpt. 6). The top of the chute, perhaps the most difficult part, can be bypassed by following narrow game-trails, more or less horizontally westward, across the slope towards the lowest point on the saddle.

Northshore Peak, West Ridge
Grand scenery (view SW from summit)

After gaining the summit ridge, the route runs up and east, staying on the crest of the ridge. The route looks improbable from below, but it goes 3rd-class. The final headwall can be passed on the crest of the ridge to gain the summit (Wpt. 5).

Enjoy the view from the summit (see more photos here: East Ridge Route). The views should be particularly sweet after a climb like this.

To get back to the trailhead, walk down the East Ridge Route and follow the road back to your vehicle.


Looking down the ascent gully (view NW)
Northshore Peak, West Ridge
Route along the lower ridge (view E)
Northshore Peak, West Ridge
Muddy Mountains (view NE past summit crags)
Northshore Peak, West Ridge
Route on upper ridge (view E)

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Wpt. Location Easting Northing Elevation (ft) Verified
08 Trailhead at Mile Marker 19.2 712394 4010266 2,141 GPS
07 Base of Steep Chute 713075 4010007 2,625 Map
06 Crest of Ridge 713194 4009966 2,854 GPS
05 Northshore Peak Summit 713277 4010320 3,330 GPS

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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