|Mojave Kingcup Cactus and Dead Tree near Peak|
|Mt. Potosi from Main Trail|
|Rock Outcropping on First Ridge|
|Climbing First Ridge|
|Mojave Kingcup Blooms|
Mojave Kingcup Cacti were beginning to bud and bloom and we noticed them along the trails throughout the morning. The one in the photo above was found in the lower elevation of First Ridge.
|Mike inspects a Survey Marker|
After turning left on the main trail, we passed Second Ridge then came to the fork where Windy Peak turned off to the right. We took the left fork to continue toward Mountain Springs Peak.
|Main Trail on the Escarpment Ridge|
|Windy Peak from Main Trail|
|Escarpment & Calico Hills from Peak|
The distance we had to travel in the wash was offset by the fun scrambles and new territory. There were no non-navigable obstacles that we ran across.
|Black Velvet Peak from Mountain Springs Peak|
We did, however, run across a recently deceased and eaten small deer. Mountain lion?
|Fearsome Foursome on Mountain Springs Peak|
|Starting down Fourth Ridge|
|Outcrop on Fourth Ridge at Drop to Left|
Our next route coincided with the Mountain Springs Loop hike route in reverse passing a really nice agave roasting pit and following abandoned dirt roads over to where we had crossed The Gully three hours earlier.
Our partial loop was completed here. Then we turned to the right onto the trail that runs along The Gully eventually finding a good place to cross The Gully to get to the abandoned dirt road on the other side. Here, we turned to the right.
|Some Scrambling in Wash|
|Scrambling down in Wash|
Stats: 5.7 miles; 1525' gain; 3.75 hours
|Typical Wash Below Scrambles|
|Connecting with Old Road|
|Old Road down to Mountain Springs, NV|