Kay's Hiking and Travel Photo Gallery - January 2011

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1/30/2011   River Mountain Loop Trail, NV (Chris Dempsey Group) - This is the 34 miles loop trail and we do complete one loop in three days. Today we have hiked the west side of the loop of 16 miles in 5 hrs 15 minutes, which was 3miles/hr speed that very good speed. We separated to two groups and started opposite sides of the loop, north and south, then car key exchange at the middle of the loop.
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1/27/2011    Cleopatra Wash, Lake Mead, NV (Around the Bend Friends) - To get to the TH, drive southeast about 2.5 miles of dirt road from the mile marker 30 of Northshore Rd. We hike down from the TH on the dry river bed all the way to the cove with few dry waterfalls along the way. All rocks ware rusting color, when color changes to white that the indication of it has been under the water for while.
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1/26/2011    Echo Canyon, Blue Diamond Hill, NV (Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Associatio) - The Echo Canyon is located south side of the Cave Canyon in the Blue Diamond Hil. The canyon walls were tall and most of time we hiked in the shade. We climbed a few dry waterfalls, bush walk, and found the borns on the green grass. The weather was nice to view the beautiful Red Rock mountains range.
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1/25/2011    Sunrise Mountain, NV (Meet Up) - There is no established hiking trail for this route. We hiked up with scramblings on the steep slope, and pass the knife edge ridge, which is few hundred feet drop down to both sides and not enough space for the feet to put on, to get to the summit. It was challengeable but also enjoyable hike. The Nellis Air Force Base was located just below us.
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1/24/2011    Anniversary Narrow Peak, Lake Mead, NV - The trailhead starts at the mile marker 16 Northshore Rd, I thought I can drive least another a mile or so, but the ramp was washed out and road was closed, which means I have to start to hike from the road side parking area. The small cairns are the only indication of the trail for the Anniversary Narrow Peak. I came down via the Bowl of Fire.
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1/22/2011    Valley of Fire, Slot Canyon/Gray Top Hill, NV (Around the Bend Friends = ABF) - It was one of the best hiking for Saturday ABF hike, because not many slot canyons we went through, not many interested rock formations, not variety of rock colors, not impressed large rocky mountains, because we had round two hiking doday. We were eager to explore new trail and enjoyed round two hiking.
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1/20/2011   Valley of Fire, Setting Elephant, NV (Around the Bend Friends) - Many scramblings were involved for this hike. We didn't see any wild animals except the sitting elephant, it was cute, I should to mention its elephant rock formation. If you want to see our hiking path, click the map thumbnai, first picture, and get an enlarged map then click purple start hiker button.
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1/17/2011   Muffins, Red Rock, NV (Chris Dempsey Group) - The trail starts at the Horse Stables Parking lot. We hiked up to the Muffins and Old Las Vegas Overview point, and via Skull Canyon to came back. The temperature was 72F and nice sunny weather of January winter in Las Vegas. We enjoyed hiking instead of deal with shovel the snow. Do we deserved enjoyable hiking under the nice weather? Yes, we do!   Check this out, click the first map picture, when enlarged map showed up, click the start hikers button to see our hiking path.
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1/15/2011   Hidden Forest, Red Rock, NV (Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association) - The trail starts at the Sandstone Quarry parking lot and turn left at the place to turn right to go to the Red Cap.  The area is north side of tall rocks and under the shade all the time, which vaporized moisture is minimum and bushes grows large in size, enough to called forest in desert. There was still snow on the ground.
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1/13/2011   Pint Valley, Lake Mead, NV (Around the Bend Frinds) - Trail starts at the mile markekr (MM) 18 and end up at MM 25. We checked out the signature rock, petroglyphs, petrified wood, Sandstone Spring and old mining claim document, which is the last photo. Views of the Chocolate Hills, Rainbow Mountain(un-offiicial name), many distigushable shape of the rocks that include a lounge chair rock.
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1/12/2011   Blue Diamond Bike Trail, NV (Bureau of Land Management with RRCIA hiking program) - It is located backyard of the Blue Diamond community, which is population only 324 and very low crime rate. Third row left two photos are old Spanish Trail makers, one is dated 1829 to 1850, and another one is almost gone. We saw a large bird setting on the tree, the wild burro herd, and a small cave.
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1/11/2011   Bird Springs Range, NV (Bureau of Land Management with RRCIA hiking program) - It is located south side of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Today was cloudy and chilly day, but no wind that helped to hike near the edge of steep cliffs. All views were very nice from this hiking trail such as snow top of the Potosi Mountain Range, LV Strip and Red Rock Mooutain Range.
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1/8/2011   White Owl Canyon and Bluff Trail, Lake Mead NRA, NV (Around the Bend Friends) - White Owl Canyon Trail Head(TH) starts at the 33 Hole Parking lot, and the Bluff Trail TH starts at the Las Vegas Bay Campground. The White Owl Canyon is beautiful dry slot canyon. We saw the owl's nest and droppings but not owl. Dick found the bighorn sheep bones. River runs in LV, see scond row center.
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1/7/2011   Lone Mountain and Cheyenne Peak, NV (Over the Hill) - The Lone Mountain is located at the west end of the Craig Road, and Cheyenne Peak is located at the southwest corner of the Cheyenne Ave and highway 215. Those mountains are located at the backyard of the newly developed residential area. We saw the American Flag at the top of both mountains.
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1/5/2011   Fortification Hill, AZ (Chris Dempsey Group) - It is located northeast of the Hoover Dam. You can't miss it, it's a flat top of the large hill. This is my second time, so that I can compare now(today) and then(12/24/09) for the water level of the Lake Mead and progress of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge project, see the first row second and third photos. The weather was just right for today's hiking.
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1/1/2011   Las Vegas Wetland/Duck Creek, NV (Around the Bend Friends) - Wetland in Las Vegas???   You don't believe but yes Las Vegas has a wetland in the desert. It located east end of the Tropicana Av and south end of the Frenchman Mountain range. This wetland is an oasis to many birds and small animals, even cold day like today; we saw many different kind birds and rabbit.
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