Report and Photos by Henry Jingle
Click Here for a map of Hamblin & Jacal.
Since the temperatures are dropping, hiking the canyons and mountains
in Lake Mead NRA have many options. On November 2, 2009, we decided
Hamblin Mountain would be a good fall hike.
Driving up the Northshore Road past mile marker 18, we parked at the
pullout, which is also used for the Bowl of Fire hikes. We hiked south
into the drainage that leads to Cottonwood Springs. At the springs,
we went right and followed a faint path to make this a figure-8 hike.
We hiked out of the drainage where we were rewarded with a view of two
bighorn sheep running off. We then hiked up and down the ridgeline heading
to Jacal Peak.
Finally, we reached the "Returned Saddle", which is just
before the steep flank of Jacal. We hiked right and dropped into the
drainage that leads to the saddle between Jacal and Hamblin. There is
a short class 3 dry fall in this drainage. Once on the saddle there
is a good path leading to Hamblin. There is a little class 3 hiking
to get to the actual summit. The summit of Hamblin Mountain which has
a great panoramic view of Lake Mead.
Reaching the summit of Hamblin Mountain
Summit photo on Hamblin
Henry on Hamblin Mountain
Returning to the saddle, we hiked to the summit of Jacal Peak, which
has a great view of Pinto Valley. From the summit of Jacal, there are
two options. One is to go back using the drainage that we hiked in on
and backtrack to the Returned Saddle. The other, which we chose, is
to drop off Jacal to the north. This drop-off is challenging because
of the steep slopes with loose rock and some class 3 down-climbs and
it is the shortest way to the Returned Saddle. I find at least one hiking
pole is helpful.
At the Returned Saddle, we dropped into the drainage which leads back
to Cottonwood Springs through the red rocks. This hike is just less
than 7 miles RT with about 1500 feet elevation gain.
Report and Photos by Eric Kassan
Recently I came across a great peak that is rarely
visited (I was the third person to sign the summit register in the decade
since it was put up) and I thought it might be of interest to other
members. The peak is Dutch John Mountain, and it's right off US 93 about
40 miles south of the junction of US 6 (the turnoff for Great Basin
National Park). The mountain has a summit altitude of 8,860 ft., and
with over 2,000 feet of prominence in every direction, and the views
from the top are incredible.
Adding to the joy of the climb is the fact that there is no trail whatsoever,
so you must find a route - a task made more complicated by the fact
that there are numerous cliffs that need to be navigated around (perhaps
they could be rappelled down, but I think the rock seemed loose for
climbing). You likely won't see any other people on the mountain, but
you may see some deer and/or wild horses.
To get there, head north on US 93 (exit 64 from I-15). About 30 miles
north of Pioche, turn left on the dirt road that circles around the
north end of the mountain. The dirt road is in very good condition and
well suited for standard cars. There are numerous places to park (apparently
used for camping) on the west side of the mountain. Depending on where
one starts and the route chosen, the trip is about 5 miles round trip
with 2,700 feet of elevation change.
MONTHLY BIO FEATURE
Where were you born?
Minneapolis, Minnesota. It
was too cold there and my parents thought the Las Vegas economy would
boom, so we moved to Las Vegas in the 1970's. It turns out they were
How long have you lived in Las Vegas?
32 years. Long time.
What is your occupation?
Attorney. Las Vegas is a great
place to practice law.
How long have you been an LVMC member?
I have been involved in the
club almost 10 years and have met at lot of great people because of
What is your favorite hike/climb?
What can I say? Veyo. Climbing.
Swimming. Cheeseburgers. I am not sure life gets any better than that.
What is the most challenging hike/climb you have
Every time I get on the sharp
end of rope. All of my friends are rope guns. I am just a great belayer.
How did you get into hiking/climbing?
Through the club! Xavier and
Richard, just to name a couple of club members, were kind enough to
take me out and show me the ropes!
What are your hobbies other than hiking/climbing?
Spending time with my family.
I have more nieces and nephews than you can shake a stick at, so I
spend a lot of time with my family. We just bought my 4 year-old nephew
a harness. He and a niece just informed me that they want their birthday
parties at the climbing gym (I dragged my family there in July and
had my own "birthday party" there)!