Fri, Feb 11, 2022
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I had half a day until was time to pick up my wife, my cousin and his wife at the Las Vegas airport in the early afternoon. I was an hour south near Searchlight, not at all where I had planned to be, originally. After finishing up the previous day in California, I called an audible and decided to get dinner in Searchlight and then do so peaks in the area the next morning. The main draw was that it would be quieter here than along Interstate 15 somewhere. This turned out to not be true at all. US95 runs between Searchlight and Las Vegas, with a speed limit of 75mph that even the trucks could legally drive. I underestimated the amount of truck traffic along this route as well, and combined with the higher speeds, I don't think it's any quieter. I camped about 2/3mi from the highway which gave me decent sleep, but the road noise would be audible for most of the hiking I did today, even when I was several miles from it. All of the peaks can be found in Purcell's Rambles & Scrambles. Today's included some very oddly named ones, but he offered no explanation in his guidebook as to why he chose them. Future historians may get no closer to solving this riddle.
Pigs in Zen Peak (another oddly named one), is only a little more than half a mile to the southwest. Getting between the two is not complicated, not really good scrambling, but I found it interesting and enjoyable as a remote-feeling romp from one summit to the other. Maybe it was because it was the only segment where I couldn't hear the truck noise from US95. Kevin Humes had left a register here sometime in the previous decade. The west side of the peak has a cliff band, but I found a way down through it for the descent. Once off the peak, it was another mile of easy rambling across the rolling terrain through small washes and over the low ridgelines to get back to the Jeep, finishing up around 10:30a. That would be enough for today. After cleaning up the Jeep, I was off to Las Vegas for family time...
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