Last Chance Highpoint from SE

pics by Harlan W. S.
Feb 13, 2008

 

See previous report for west route.  This route is more scenic, and actually easier; nothing need be harder than class 2.  I had suggested this route to Dr F and LL, and thought I should check it out first.

 

These mountains are strikingly similar to the Arrow Range.

 

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The roads start off rte 160, NW of Pahrump. Travel  W on Carrol Street, then turn S (L) on Gahn, then W (R) on Mae, then N (R) on Mountain View, then W (L) on Carrol again and drive to the end.  Park on BLM property on N side.

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24k map of GPS track.

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View WNW from Carrol, route shown.

 

 

 

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Just WNW of parking spot.

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The main wash continues to R; you want to go up the steeper wash at L.

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The steeper wash.

 

 

 

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You can climb the class 3 dryfall at L of this pinnacle; or you can just climb the talus on the R.

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View back down the dryfall.

 

 

 

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View back down the canyon.

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View up the canyon.

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To the L is a possible cut up to the ridge. For class 2, go R.  The tan band is the Eureka Quartzite.

 

 

 

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Go L of this knob.

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At the saddle, view ESE.

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At the saddle; who lives here?

 

 

 

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Looking up W from saddle. Stay close to the cliffs for better footing, eventually passing to gully on R side.

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View back to Charleston.

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Surprise!  Dr. F and LL were actually here the day before!

 

 

 

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Panorama E-ESE, Charleston at L.

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Panorama SE; Kingston in middle distance, Nopah Ridge and P Point at R.

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Telescope at L in distance.

 

 

 

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Icky face in strong winds.

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Descent, showing line down to saddle.

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Thrust sheet breccia.