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Mica Peak -- Summit Views
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Gold Butte National Monument
Mica Peak
Mica PeakMica Peak trailhead along Vermiculite Mine Road (view S)

Overview

Mica Peak, via the North Ridge, is a fun hike deep in the heart of Gold Butte National Monument. The route ascends the fairly steep and strenuous, but safe, North Ridge, which is followed south towards the summit. Parts of the upper ridgelines are rocky, but the more craggy portions can be bypassed on one side or the other. The summit is guarded by rocky crags, but the easiest route cuts across the north face just below the crags to gain the summit from the west ridge.

The summit is adorned with bits and pieces of historic survey equipment (boards, broken mirror, wires, etc.) and a summit register. As is often the case for Gold Butte National Monument peaks, views from the summit are surprisingly grand, and stretch from Utah to California and include the Grand Canyon and Red Rock cliffs.

Presented here are photos of and from the summit. For details of the hike, including driving directions, maps, and GPS coordinates, see the Mica Peak -- North Ridge webpage.

Mica Peak
Arriving on the summit (view E)
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Arriving on the summit (view W)
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USGS Reference Marker No. 1
Mica Peak
USGS Benchmark "Gold Butte," placed in 1951
Mica Peak
Broken signal mirror
Mica Peak
Summit register inside large PVC pipe
Mica Peak
Summit register inside jar
Mica Peak
Original summit register
Mica Peak
Replacement summit register (because first is getting brittle)
Mica Peak
My old friends Howard and Ursula were here!
Mica Peak
Summit (view SE into Grand Canyon)
Mica Peak
Summit (view SE into Grand Canyon; zoom)
Mica Peak
Summit (view N towards Virgin Peak)
Mica Peak
Summit (view NE into Arizona and Utah)
Mica Peak
Summit (view E to Grand Wash Cliffs in Arizona)
Mica Peak
Summit (view SE towards Grand Canyon)
Mica Peak
Summit (view S into Arizona and California)
Mica Peak
Summit (view SE into Nevada and California)
Mica Peak
Summit (view S into Cedar Basin)
Mica Peak
Summit (view S across Cedar Basin to Jumbo Peak)
Mica Peak
Summit (view S to Shark' Tooth Peak and Jumbo Peak)
Mica Peak
Summit (view S to Jumbo Peak summit crags; zoom)
Mica Peak
Summit (view SW across Lake Mead)
Mica Peak
Summit (view SW across Lake Mead into Las Vegas)
Mica Peak
Summit (view W to Gold Butte Peak and across Lake Mead)
Mica Peak
Summit (view W to Gold Butte Peak; zoom)
Mica Peak
Summit (view NW across Lake Mead to Valley of Fire)
Mica Peak
Summit (view NW across Tramp Ridge to Overton)
Mica Peak
Summit (view NW to Overton; zoom)
Mica Peak
Summit (view N across Gold Butte to Virgin Peak)
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Summit (view N to trailhead)
Mica Peak
More to come ...

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