Endorsed by Curators:
Lee Peak (view SW from Lee Canyon Ski Area)
Carpool and Meeting Place
We will meet at the Santa Fe Station East Parking Garage (southeast of casino main entrance) 2nd Floor Left (2F) at 8:30 AM. Look for my yellow Mercedes Benz.
Once everyone is present and accounted for, we will arrange rides in a carpool and leave at 8:45 AM. If you live north of the Santa Fe Station, you can meet us at the Kyle Canyon Road parking lot just 1/8 mile west of Highway 95 at approximately 9 AM. You must let us know if you are meeting us there by texting Denis or Coral at the mobile numbers below. If you fail to let us know, you will be left to find us on your own or hike by yourself.
We will maintain a moderate pace. This is all about feeling good, fun and enjoying each other's company. We will allow enough time for potty breaks, photos, rest stops, snacks, and to enjoy the scenery along the way. Please read the entire description before you RSVP.
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,504 feet
Time: 6-8 hours
Trail Canyon Trailhead: 7,785 feet
Saddle (North Loop Trail Junction): 9,307 feet
Lee Peak: 11,289 feet
There are several ways to approach Lee Peak, the peak along the North Loop Ridge that stands above the Lee Canyon ski area. The easiest approach is 0.22 miles from the North Loop Trail via the East Ridge. From the North Loop Trail, Lee Peak is a short detour on the way to or from Mt. Charleston (0.13 miles back to the North Loop Trail). For hikers too tired to make the Mt. Charleston summit at 11,918 ft, Lee Peak offers a grand consolation prize at 11,289 ft. Although not as high as Mt. Charleston, views from the summit of Lee Peak are nearly as good.
Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, this route is fairly safe, but hikers should stay on the south side of the ridge as there is some serious exposure on the north side. This is a spur off a long trail to a high-elevation place, so take it easy if you've just come up from the desert and aren't used to the elevation.
Getting to the Trailhead
The "trailhead" is located about 6 miles from the Trail Canyon Trailhead, and about 4 miles from the Trail Canyon/North Loop Trail junction. On the North Loop Trail, the trail climbs to near the top of the North Loop Ridge. At about 5.8 miles out, the trail switchbacks up the side of the ridge to gain elevation and pass rocky outcrops. About 120 yards past the switchbacks, the North Loop Trail passes a high point and starts to descend slightly. At this point, the Lee Peak Route departs the North Loop Trail. This is the "trailhead."
From the trailhead, the route follows a faint use-trail northwest up the steep hillside towards a saddle (Wpt. 09.4) on the ridgeline above. From the saddle (Wpt. 09.4), the route runs west, bending slightly left to stay on the south side of the ridge. A steep use-trail angles up and left across the slope to gain the South Ridge (Wpt. 09.6). The west side of the South Ridge is followed to the summit (Wpt. 09.8). Views from the summit are grand and include a nice view northeast down Lee Canyon, views east into Las Vegas, Lake Mead, and the Grand Canyon region in Arizona; views west across the Pahrump Valley to Telescope Peak in Death Valley and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California; and views north across the Nevada Test Site. For hikers continuing to the summit of Mt. Charleston, hikers can descend the Southwest Ridge and return to the North Loop Trail.
Please be aware that your Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death.
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