17, Issue 2
VALLEY RANGE HP (CATHEDRAL PEAK) &
ARROW CANYON RANGE HP (BIG ARROW PEAK):
Two Trips to a Beautiful, Remote Area NE of Las Vegas
group sets out across the bajada towards the Meadow Valley Mountains.
is the plane crash site. Note the the whitish section of the rock where
the impact was.
rock formations along the ridge
group hiking up toward the Meadow Valley Mountains
with Cathedral Peak in the background
the summit tower on Cathedral Peak.
posing with peak 5677 (JJ Freakel Peak)
passes up his pack to Luba at the top of the narrow class 3 chute.
from the top of "JJ Freakel" Peak with Cathedral Peak in the
22 & February 20, 2011
Report and Photos by Joel Brewster
Many people in Las Vegas have not heard of the Meadow
Valley Mountains or the Arrow Canyon Range. Both are located east of 93
about 30 and 20 miles north of I-15 respectively. It is quite a bit off
the beaten track and is therefore visited very infrequently.
Both trips were LVMC trips; the Cathedral Peak trip was
11 people, including several new LVMC members, but the Arrow trip was
only three (all three long-time LVMC members).
The terrain and elevation for these ranges are quite
similar involving much scrambling on jagged rock and sections of fun class
3 climbing (or less fun class 4-5 if you get off-route). The highpoint
of the Meadow Valley Range is slightly higher at 5772' versus 5226' of
the Arrow Canyon Range.
One interesting fact about both ranges is that there
are several peaks of almost the same elevation as the highpoint, especially
for the Arrow Range, which includes four major summits between 5200'-5226'.
In fact two of the peaks are so close that there has been confusion about
which peak actually is the highest. Just to be safe, we went up both Big
Arrow and South Arrow. According to my watch's altimeter, they were exactly
the same elevation! However, Harlan's GPS came up with Big Arrow being
about ten feet taller.
On the Meadow Valley trip, there was a plane crash site
as you enter the wash. There was debris scattered over a huge area and
we spent much time examining the remains. After summitting Cathedral Peak
(Meadow Valley HP), we decided to make a side trip up to Peak 5677, which
had no summit register. Fortunately, our leader, Eric, brought one along.
After lengthy discussion as to what we should name our peak, we decided
to use the first letter of each of the people to reach the summit... therefore
we came with JJ FREAKE Peak. Later realizing we forgot the "L"
from Luba, we changed it JJ FREAKEL Peak. Sorry Luba!!!
north on 93 driving up to the Arrow Canyon Range
ascending the steep, rocky gully
climbing the very frictional rock
on a false summit
is the view south from Big Arrow. The clouds were hanging over S. Arrow,
our second destination.
on S. Arrow looking north
MONTHLY BIO FEATURE
Where were you born?
Cleveland, OH and grew up in Kettering, OH
How long have you lived in Las Vegas?
What is your occupation?
How long have you been an LVMC member?
What is your favorite hike/climb?
Mt. Rainier Kautz Route & Crimson Chrysalis,
What is the most challenging hike/climb you have done?
Tie: Snow Creek in a day on Mt. San Jacinto
(So Cal) and Half Dome in a day when my fitness was questionable
How did you get into hiking/climbing?
I began climbing in 1977 and all other outdoor
interests grew from that beginning.
What are your hobbies other than hiking/climbing?
I enjoy reading fiction novels, watching sci-fi
movies and riding bicycles, both road and mountain bikes.
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