Ascent of Muddy Peak on 1994-11-25

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, November 25, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Muddy Peak
    Elevation:5387 ft / 1641 m

Ascent Trip Report

The most common appoach to Muddy Peak is via Hidden Valley north of the peak. From Las Vegas drive NE on I-15 for about 33 miles to exit 75 marked "Valley of Fire, Lake Mead". Leave I-15 here and travel highway 169 SE for 3.1 miles to where the road turns left. Continue straight ahead on the dirt road which is marked as the Bitter Springs Trail, a BLM Scenic Byway. Reset your odometer here. At 4.1 miles there is a BLM sign and a fork to Colorock Quarry, continue straight. At 8.5 miles a rock quarry is on the left and at 8.8 miles stay left into a wash. Turn left at a fork at 9.1 miles as the road drops down into White Basin. The prominent pinnacle of Muddy Peak will be visible to the SW as you reach a junction at 10.1 miles. Turn right here and go 1.0 miles to a Muddy Mts. Wilderness Study Area sign at the end of the drivable road. Begin the hike here on the old road going west over a hill and into scenic Hidden Valley then head south to the low point on the ridge NW of Muddy Peak. Follow the ridgeline east and then SE to the west face of the summit. It is a class 3 scramble to the top and the NW ridge is a good route. To avoid the 3rd class ridge one can contour from the pass around to the SW ridge line and then up this easier ridge to the top. This is a lot longer than the other route. Via the 3rd class route the ascent takes about 3 hours and allow 2 1/2 hours for the descent. A detailed description of the Muddy Mountain area is given in "Hiking the Great Basin", Rev. ed., by John Hart, pages 136-143 11/94 RLC
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