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Alternative Hiking Areas
Luckily, we have some alternatives. Lake Mead has hotsprings and peaks people can hike. Arizona Hotsprings is a local favorite. Northshore Peak and Fortification Hill are fun hikes.
Death Valley is less than two hours away from Las Vegas and offers very different and very scenic hikes. Manly Beacon is one of the most unique hikes in the country!
China Date Ranch is only 90 minutes from Vegas and features Death Valley type hiking. Fence Post Peak might be the craziest hike you will ever do! After the hike, you can enjoy a Date Shake.
And the good news is: All of these hikes are led by the 52 Peak Club!
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15 hikers celebrated Thanksgiving morning by hiking to Crabby Appleton Peak in Red Rock Canyon. The hike begins at Pine Creek parking lot and trailhead. We followed Pine Creek Trail about one mile into the South fork of Pine Creek. Once in the wash it's about 20 minutes to the divide. We headed into the South - South fork of the canyon. Soon we came to the unmarked turnoff where we left the wash.
The rest of the hike is class 1 to 3 scrambling and is only marked with cairns (small stacks of rocks). This route has several places of exposure. The route was entirely in the shade until we reached the summit. We took a short break before heading down. Even though the summit was in the sun, it was cool and the breeze made it cold for some.
The descent route is entirely different from the ascent route making this hike a round trip adventure. As the photos show there's some exposure on the descent route. The entire hike took us 3.5 hours at a moderate pace, but we made zero navigational mistakes.
Here are the stats:
Hike: Crabby Appleton Peak — route
Trailhead: Pine Creek — marked
Distance: 6 miles — round trip
Elevation gain: 1,900 feet
Elevation peak: 5,380
Time: 4 to 5 hours – round trip
How did this peak get its name? I named it after the wall that stands below the peak. Rock climbers named the wall: Crabby Appleton. You will have to ask them "Why".
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV