|Gass Peak from Approach Trail|
|Solar Array and Other Instruments on Gass Peak|
|View West from Trail|
|Starting out at Trailhead|
The weather is getting warmer and the window for climbing Gass Peak is always narrow. It had been 4.5 years since any of us had stood on the instrument-filled peak just north of Las Vegas in the Las Vegas Range located inside the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. During that time, we were going through the pandemic and had little access to sufficient vehicles to reach the trailhead. Or, we just missed the weather windows. As it turns out, also during that time, the refuge has improved the Gass Peak Road! Yes. Often considered one of the worst roads in the refuge, the road is now navigable by a simple HCV. There are a few low embedded rocks to contend with but the washes are much improved. Just, be advised to go slow!
Stats: 6.4 miles; 2100' gain; 4 hours
|Down the Small Switchbacks|
|Trailhead in Sight|