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Frenchman Mountain - The Descent
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Frenchman Mountain
Frenchman Mountain
The route down (view NE from just below the summit)

Overview

Frenchman Mountain is the highest peak in the craggy mountain range that forms the eastern border of the Las Vegas Valley. The range is composed of two peaks: Sunrise Mountain to the north and Frenchman Mountain to the south. The hike follows a very steep road, but view from the summit are iconic Las Vegas: dense urban on one side and wild Mojave Desert on the other.

Presented here are photos of the descent. For a description of the route, including maps and GPS coordiantes, see Frenchman Mountain.

The road forks (Wpt. 04) near the summit. The summit has two peaks with communication towers on both, but the northern peaklet is a bit higher. At the fork, turn left and head back north to the summit (Wpt. 05), Watch for loose wires, torn down fencing, and don't disturb the equipment.
Hiker descending into the summit switchbacks (view NE)
The road forks (Wpt. 04) near the summit. The summit has two peaks with communication towers on both, but the northern peaklet is a bit higher. At the fork, turn left and head back north to the summit (Wpt. 05), Watch for loose wires, torn down fencing, and don't disturb the equipment.
Hikers nearing the second saddle (view NE)
The road forks (Wpt. 04) near the summit. The summit has two peaks with communication towers on both, but the northern peaklet is a bit higher. At the fork, turn left and head back north to the summit (Wpt. 05), Watch for loose wires, torn down fencing, and don't disturb the equipment.
Descending into the upper switchbacks (view N
The road forks (Wpt. 04) near the summit. The summit has two peaks with communication towers on both, but the northern peaklet is a bit higher. At the fork, turn left and head back north to the summit (Wpt. 05), Watch for loose wires, torn down fencing, and don't disturb the equipment.
Hiker descending towards first landing (view NE)
The road forks (Wpt. 04) near the summit. The summit has two peaks with communication towers on both, but the northern peaklet is a bit higher. At the fork, turn left and head back north to the summit (Wpt. 05), Watch for loose wires, torn down fencing, and don't disturb the equipment.
Hiker at first landing, descending towards trailhead (view NE)
The road forks (Wpt. 04) near the summit. The summit has two peaks with communication towers on both, but the northern peaklet is a bit higher. At the fork, turn left and head back north to the summit (Wpt. 05), Watch for loose wires, torn down fencing, and don't disturb the equipment.
Hikers arriving at the trailhead (view N)

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