Kay's Hiking and Travel Photo Gallery - February 2011

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2/27/2011  Fire Mountain, Lake Mead NRA, AZ (Hiking Las Vegas MeetUp) - The road is located about 15 miles south of the Willow Beach road on the highway 93 click here for more detail of the road from highway 93 to TH, white line. Drive on the dirt road about 16 miles to get to the TH. Loose rocks are everywhere, however view is worth to visit especially the Colorado River and Lake Mohave.
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2/25/2011  White Rock Hill Loop, Red Rock, NV - It is located in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and I parked at the Willow Springs parking area. The second photo at the top from left explains the Agave Roasting Pits, and third photo is the remining of the donut-shaped mounds that the Agave Roasting Pit, which the Native American baked foods.
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2/23/2011  Bowl of Fire, Lake Mead, NV - Trailhead(TH) started at the MM19 on the Northshore Dr in the Lake Mead. Today, I spend all day to enjoy hiking and taking photos from the North Bowl of Fire - Bowl of Fire - South Bowl of Fire. There are so many holes in the rocks, some of are like small caves, some of are like arches and some of are like... use your imagination.
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2/21/2011  River Mountain & Black Mountain, Lake Mead, NV - Ridge hike that I did today from the Black Mountain Overlook to Black Mountain, couple unknown peaks and River Mountain. Guess what? I saw Gail and Ellen from ABF, and their friends. Can you guess who register just before me at the River Mt? ABF members on 1/6/11. I saw many bighorn sheeps and one wolf near the sheep group.
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2/17/2011  Black Mountain, Henderson, NV (Around the Bend Friends) - It is located south side of the LV Valley & southeast from the M-Resort click here for more detail of the direction from I-15 to TH, white line, we have to drive through in the residential area to find a tiny parking lot. The volcanic black lava landscape by nature that you can see from this trail. The view from the summit that you won't dissapoint.
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2/16/2011  River Mountains Loop Trail #3, Lake Mead, NV (Chris Dempsey Group) - This is the last segment of the 34 miles of the River Mountains Loop Trail, we divided by three days to complete the loop. We have accomplished our goal today, overwhelming joy over the painful blisters, not easier than you think to hike on the paved trail for 34 miles. A good news is we are getting a completion of the certificate.
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2/13/2011  River Mountains Loop Trail, Lake Mead, NV (Chris Dempsey Group) - This is the part two of the total 34 miles loop trail. We have hiked Lake Mead side of the trail with 3 miles/hr speed. We saw many wildflowers and went through couple under the highway tunnels. The map, first picture, white line indicates the first segment of our hiking path on 1/30/11, and the purple line indicats today's hiking path.
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2/12/2011  Frenchman Mountain, NV (West Route) - Letty, her daughte Krystine, and I were scrambled up the west route of the Frenchman Mountain. It was fun hiking and we all enjoyed it. I have hiked before, 11/9/2010 from north side on the road hiking, it was bored hiking because can't see the nice view and no excitment. However today's hike, every steps were excited and no room for the boring.
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2/10/2011  Northshore Peak, Lake Mead, NV (Around the Bend Friends) - We started hiking at the MM20 parking lot on the Northshore Dr, and there was no trail to hike up to. To get to the peak was quicker than I thought, only one hour 15 minutes to get there. We hike down to the east side of the valley for while and hike up to the saddle to came back. Don and Hawk got bonus credits for their extra effort.
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2/9/2011  Painted Pinnacles, Valley of Fire, NV (Lone Mountain Hiking Club) - The trail started near the Silica Dome parking lot that located at the north of the Valley of Fire Visitor Center, and it was not on the trail hike. The rock color at the Painted Pinnacles was very vibrant. The Silica Dome, white one, is visible at time-to-time. No wind and no clouds, what was enjoyable winter day in Valley of Fire.
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2/7/2011  Boulder Wash, Lake Mead, NV - Started hike around the MM 22.5 on the Northshore Rd and scramble up the steep west side of the Pint Ridge to crossover to get to the Boulder Wash, which is the shortest route, not necessary to fastest. At the top of the Pint Ridge, it was nice view especially the Boulder Wash. Descent of the east side was more than bargain for but enjoyed all day of hike.
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2/4/2011* Hidden Valley, Bitter Springs Valley, Lake Mead, NV (Buffet Boys) - Drove over 15 miles (one way) on the dirt road from the near mile marker 26 of the Northshoer Dr in Lake Mead and headed to northwest to get to the trailhead of the Hidden Valley. This road is also called the Bitter Springs Back County Byway or Bitter Springs Trail and run between the highway I-15 and the Northshore Dr.
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2/3/2011  Cholla Forest, Lake Mead, NV (Around the Bend Friends) - The melted rocks that expression is the best way to describe the rock figure around here. We were scrambling few dry waterfalls in the rust-colored rocky canyon, suddenly many Chollas were in front of us, It is called the Teddy Bear Cholla Forest. The name is cute but don't be fooled, it is very difficult to get out of it when it attaches to you.
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2/1/2011   Fern Canyon, Red Rock, NV (Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association) - We didn't go to all the way to end of the Fern Canyon, that may be the reason I didn't see any ferns today, suppose to many ferns there, which the name came from. However we saw a lot of seasonal small waterfalls and water ponds that caused by we have to scrambling many boulders to go through around the water.
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