Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Two North Peaks - 4/30/13

Reason #7 to not try driving Rocky Gap Road!

 Fifteen hikers showed up for a hot hike to the two North Peaks in Red Rock Canyon NCA. One is a limestone peak and one is made of sandstone. The eleven miles of this hike gain a total of 3500 elevation feet.  The hike begins and ends at the Willow Springs Picnic Area parking. From there, the hike follows Rocky Gap Road (aka the Old Potato Road) for five miles up to Red Rock Summit.

View of North Peak (Sandstone) from North Peak (Limestone)

Turning left onto a trail, hikers proceed up to North Peak (Limestone) for their first snack break. After this break, hikers drop down to a trail along the ridge in front of them which will lead to North Peak (Sandstone). Another break is well-deserved, then the trail leads steeply back down to Rocky Gap Road. The hike is completed by hiking back down 2.5 miles of the dirt road.

The Return Down Rocky Gap Road

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