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Descent of Bitter Ridge from Parallel Peak
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Gold Butte National Monument
Bitter Ridge
Bitter Ridge
Summit (view W towards the false summit)

Overview

Bitter Ridge is a striking, isolated limestone ridge located on the desert flats west of Whitney Pocket and overlooking the Overton Arm of Lake Mead. From afar and from up close, the ridge is striking, and from the summit, hikers can see peaks in Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, and maybe California. See summit views.

The hike starts from the high point on Black Butte Road and climbs a steep side-ridge onto the crest of Bitter Ridge. From there, the hiking is relatively easy as the route runs southwest following the narrow ridgeline to Parallel Peak. See details of the route.

Hikers can descend over the same route, or use a bypass to contour around the base of the false summit. Keep an eye out over the south side of the ridge for vehicles parked at the trailhead -- you'd hate to miss the jump-off point along the top of the ridge.

 

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Departing the summit (view E)
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Dropping towards the saddle (note game trails on the contour)
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False Summit (view E)
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Contouring around the base of the false summit (view NE)
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Back on the main ridgeline (view NE)
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Descending the ridge (view NE)
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Approaching a knob on the ridge (view NE)
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Descending the ridge (view NE)
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Approaching the jump-off point (view NE)
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Beyond the jump-off point (view NE towards Virgin Mts.)
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jump-off point (view E)
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Starting down the steep, scree-covered side-ridge (view SE)
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Descending the steep side-ridge (view SE)
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Be sure to stop and smell the flowers during the descent
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Descending the steep side-ridge (view SE)
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Descending the now not-so-steep side-ridge (view SE)
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Descending the now not-so-steep side-ridge (view SE)
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Mining claim cairn a bit west of ascent route (view SE)
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Passing mining claim cairn with wooden post (view SE)
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Returning to the trailhead

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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