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Mid Hills Peak
Mid Hills Peak
Trailhead Parking (view SE)

Overview

The Mid Hills Peak route provides a fairly easy 0.5-mile hike through high-elevation desert near Mid Hills Campground. The trail and route lead to the summit of Mid Hills Peak (5,771 ft elevation). The hike is short and the peak is too low to rate a summit register, but the views are beyond compare for a mere 5,800-ft peak.

Link to map.

Mid Hills Peak
Trail passes through gate in barbed-wire fence

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this trail is about as safe as it gets with no particular hazards. Part of the hike is off trail, but even that is as safe and easy as off-trail hiking gets.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials.

Mid Hills Peak
Trail climbs to saddle (view SE)

Getting to the Trailhead

This hike is located in Mojave National Preserve, about 2 hours south of Las Vegas.

From town, drive out to Mojave National Preserve and then towards the Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center. On Black Canyon Road (Site 0833), drive south from Cedar Canyon Road for 2.8 miles to Wild Horse Road (Site 0834; signs to Mid Hills Campground).

Turn right onto Wild Horse Road and drive west 2.0 miles to Mid Hills Campground Road (Site 0835). At the campground road, turn left into the trailhead parking area (Site 1444) (not right towards the campground). Park here, this is the trailhead.

Mid Hills Peak
Route departs trail at saddle (view S)

The Hike

From the trailhead (Table 2; Waypoint 01), the trail runs past signs to the southeast aiming for a saddle on the horizon just north of the Mid Hills Peak. After passing a gate (Wpt. 02; be sure to close and latch the gate), the trail ascends the gentle bajada until turning and climbing more steeply up the sideslopes of the mountain. The trail makes two switchbacks, then continues fairly steeply up the hillside.

This hillside burned severely, but many species are coming back; even a few conifers survived the fire. Common species growing back include Grizzlybear Pricklypear Cactus, Engelmann's Hedgehog Cactus, Mojave Kingcup Cactus, Buckhorn Cholla. Desert Globemallow, Narrowleaf Goldenbush (Ericameria linearifolia), Cliffrose, Banana Yucca, Turpentinebroom, and lots of desert wildflowers.

Mid Hills Peak
Route runs up ridge (view S)

The grade eventually lessens as the trail climbs onto a saddle (Wpt. 03). At the saddle, the route leaves the trail and climbs the ridge to the south. It looks a long ways away, but the summit ridge is surprisingly close, and the walk out to the summit (Wpt. 04) is almost level.

Views from the summit are surprisingly long. To the east, the New York Mountain and mountains very far into Arizona can be seen (including the Hualapai Mountains 90 miles away south of Kingman).

To the west, the views stretch to mountain ranges beyond the horizon (including Mt. San Gorgonio 110 miles away near San Bernardino, CA).

Mid Hills Peak

To the south, Barber Peak (above Hole-in-the-Wall Campground) and the Providence Mountains (15 miles) dominate the view, but the Piute and Old Woman Mountains (south of Interstate 10; 40 miles distant SE), Granite Mountains (27 miles SW), and other mountain ranges stretch into the haze.

To the north, the Mid Hills (including Eagle Peaks) stretch into the near distance, and Cima Dome (15 miles) can be seen beyond. In the far distance beyond Cima Dome, high peaks of the Kingston Range (52 miles) can be seen 50 miles into the haze.

When ready, retrace the route back to the trailhead, or consider finishing the Mid Hill Loop Trail.

Mid Hills Peak
Approaching summit ridge (view S)
Mid Hills Peak
Trail ornament
Mid Hills Peak
North end of summit ridge (view S)
Mid Hills Loop Trail
Hiker on summit ridge approaching peak (view S)
Mid Hills Peak
Summit: Mid Hills Peak (view S)
Mid Hills Loop Trail
Hiker on Mid Hills Peak (view S)

Mid Hills Peak Summit Views
Mid Hills Peak

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View South
Mid Hills Peak
View South - zoom (Providence and Granite Mountains)
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View West
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View West - zoom (Old Dad Mountains in the haze)
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View North
Mid Hills Peak
View North - zoom (New York Mountains)
Mid Hills Peak
View East
Mid Hills Peak
View East - zoom (Table Top Mountain)
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View Northwest
Mid Hills Peak
View Northwest - zoom (Eagle Rocks and Trailhead)
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View Northwest - zoom (Cima Dome, Teutonia Peak)
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View North - zoom (Mid Hills Campground)
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View Northeast - Castle Peaks
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View Southeast - Mid Hills to HITW trail

Going Down

Mid Hills Peak
Summit Ridge (view N)
Mid Hills Peak
Approaching north end of summit ridge (view N)
Mid Hills Peak
Starting over the edge onto North Ridge (view N)
Mid Hills Peak
Hiking down North Ridge (view N)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0833 Cedar Cyn Rd at Black Cyn Rd 644718 3893322 35.17422 115.41081 5,007 Yes
0834 Black Cyn Rd at Mid Hills Rd 645618 3889147 35.13646 115.40166 5,282 Yes
0835 Wild Horse Rd at MH Camp Rd 642866 3887646 35.12332 115.43212 5,522 Yes
1444 Mid Hills Trailhead 642879 3887616 35.12305 115.43198 5,493 Yes

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

Wpt. Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
01 Trailhead 642891 3887627 5,493 0.00 0.00 GPS
02 Gate 642961 3887602 5,495 0.05 0.05 GPS
03 High Saddle 643407 3887395 5,646 0.36 0.41 GPS
04 Summit 643395 3887243 5,752 0.11 0.52 GPS
01 Trailhead 642891 3887627 5,493 0.52 1.04 GPS

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