Ridge View Peak East RS
Ridge View Peak P750 RS
Jagged Peak P500 RS
Ragged Peak P750 RS
Shagged Peak P500
Mt. Roses Are Free P300 RS
The Jingle Bells P300 RS

Fri, Feb 15, 2019
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I had headed to the Las Vegas area for the holiday weekend to join some friends for the usual peakbagging. On my own today, I had spent the night camped in Primm, NV and headed for the southern Spring Mtns in the early morning. Most of today's peaks were found in Purcell's Rambles & Scrambles, a guidebook I've been slowly working my way through over the past several years. I'm almost halfway done with the 950+ summits described there - this is no walk in the park list, to be sure.

Ridge View Peak East - Ridge View Peak

At well over 6,000ft, these were the highest two summits of the day, probably not a good choice. Precipitation the previous night had left wind-blastered snow on all the vegetation and the summits were buried in clouds during most of my visit, negating the feature for which they were named. There is a decent dirt road that allows any high-clearance vehicle to reach the telecom towers just south of Ridge View East. An easy walk then leads to the summit. A class 2 hike along the 2mi-long connecting ridgeline leads to the higher Ridge View Peak. I can imagine the views are nice, but I had only fleeting glimpses of them. I spent a little over two hours on the chilly outing that had me bundled up the whole time.

Jagged Peak - Ragged Peak

This was a much more interesting outing since there were few issues with the views. A longish drive on dirt roads gets one to the drainage that splits these two limestone summits. I parked between here and did them in a single 5mi loop, starting with the northern one, Jagged Peak. It is the longer and harder of the two, class 2-3 along the South Ridge that I followed pretty closely the whole way. There are a few interesting class 3 sections (mostly avoidable) along the ridge including the crux, a rather narrow archway that is quite solid but still made me a bit nervous going over. It took over an hour to reach the summit where I found an empty bottle under a bush but no register. I was going to leave one of my own, but decided to repurpose the bottle and left a sheet of paper and pencil in it before tucking it back where I found it. I suspect this summit sees very few visitors and the small sheet will easily last more than a few years. I decided to take a more direct route off the summit into the wash found on the east side. This was a much faster route if one wants to avoid the castellations of the South Ridge. Ragged Peak turned out to be much easier, all class 2 and taking only 45min to reach the summit. There is a generic benchmark found at the top, and like Jagged, nice views looking over the Spring Mtns to the north, south and east, and the vast Mesquite and Pahrump Valleys to the west. Kevin Humes had left a register here in 2013 with only a single other entry until my visit.

Shagged Peak

On my drive back out of the range heading east, I noticed an unnamed summit not found in Purcell's book, featuring almost 600ft of prominence. It made for a nice little climb of about 2/3mi each way starting from a pass the road goes over northeast of the summit. I found no register at the summit, so I left a new one. Located roughly between Shenandoah and Jagged/Ragged, I combined the names to come up with Shagged Peak ("Shagged" pronounced with two syllables, naturally). It took 45min for the roundtrip effort.

Mt. Roses Are Free/The Jingle Bells

After returning to Goodspring Valley, I headed north where these two summits are found in the northeast corner. The roads around here are not terribly well-documented and are quite rough. I didn't get to the starting point west of the summits until after 4:15p, leaving me little daylight for the 3mi loop. I thought I might be returning in the dark, but the terrain is very benign, all easy class 1-2, and it took only and hour and ten minutes. Both summits had Kevin Humes registers from 2015 (green ink is his signature tell). The summits have close-up views of Mt. Potosi to the west, though this much higher summit was buried in the clouds today. Las Vegas can be seen in the distance to the northeast on a clear day, today not being one of those. The sun made a brief appearance just before sunset, adding some welcome late afternoon color to the hills. I finished after 5:30p as it was growing dark. It would take me almost an hour to drive north through Cottonwood Valley to SR160, by which time it was quite dark. I made for the Las Vegas airport where I arrived within 15min of my wife's plane landing from San Jose. Good timing on this one...


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