Northshore Ridge Traverse and Lava Butte

pics by Harlan W.S. & Susan E.M.
Jan 02, 2011

Well, I felt sick to start the day... so I figured that a hike lead by a 76-year-old guy couldn't be too hard, could it? I did turn down the chance to get up really early and be in a snowstorm.  This way it was just 44F, perfect shorts and t-shirt weather.

I have been on this ridge solo before; it is a lot more fun when you can look around and take pictures of people. Afterwards we did a great 4.7 mile RT to Lava Butte and back; I would have great pictures, except I left my camera in the wash a mile form the peak. Susan took a few pics, and I was able to find my camera later.  I must  get a bright-colored camera case..

AS we laft Lava Butte, the sky started to look pretty ominous.  The next morning we awoke to 2" of snow in Las Vegas.

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Northshore Peak Ridge. Park
by the outhouses on the N side of the road.
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Early on, we see the Spring Mts in
the distance.
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Bowl of Fire is across the road.
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Booth Pinnacle (L) and Ptramid.
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View toward the Muddy Mts.
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View SSW from the top of Northshore Peak.
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Susan's pic; heading down, Lava Butte is
visible.
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The easiest route is near the edge.
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Our nest goal: the lower summit of
Northshore, to the SW.
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Sheep Trails on the talus slopes to NW.
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View S. near top of lower peak.
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Judy come up the ridge.
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Susan and Judy.
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View SSW from 2nd summit.
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Pic by Susan. Shorts and T-shirt weather.
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Booth and Pyramid again.  From here,
Pyramid looks like a pyramid, and
Saddle Mt  looks like a saddle!
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Heading N from base of lower peak.
View S.
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Now on to Lava Butte; we started for the
top ~12:45PM.
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Susan's pic of Lake Las Vegas.
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Arrogance! ...on Lava Butte.
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What the heck was the coyote eating?