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Frenchman Mountain - South Summit
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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.
Fork in the road below summit (view S)

Overview

Frenchman Mountain is the highest peak in the craggy mountain range that forms the eastern border of the Las Vegas Valley. There are a number of high bumps on the ridge, only one of which is the true summt (4,052 ft). For hikers who make it to the true summit, there is a popular sub-summit a bit farther out: the south summit. The true summit and the south summit both have communications towers, and as such there is a road from the true summit to the south summit.

After climbing the true peak and enjoying the view and perhaps some lunch, many hikers continue south to the south summit. From the north summit, descend the road to the fork (Wpt. 04), then continue south 0.11 miles to the end of the road. Outside the fence, a use-trail switchbacks up the steep rocky slope (0.06 miles) to the ridgeline. As on the true summit, the ridgeline comes abruptly. On this peaklet, the actual summit is outside the fence.

For details of the hike to the ture peak, 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.
Beyond fork, hikers heading towards south summit (view S)
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 at end of road at south summit (view S)
Frenchman Mountain
Hikers on use-trail leading to south summit (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.
Hikers on use-trail leading to south summit (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.
Hikers on south summit (view N)
Frenchman Mountain
Fence around communications equipment (view S)
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.
Actual south summit is outside the fence (view S)
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Actual south summit (view S)
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South Summit (view NE)
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South Summit (view E)
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South Summit (view SE)
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South Summit (view S)
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South Summit (view SW)
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South Summit (view W)
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South Summit (view NW)
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South Summit (view N)
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Hikers back on the road heading north (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.
Hikers returning towards the fork in the road (view N)

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