Juniper Peak

My 11/14/15 flight from Las Vegas back to Milwaukee was around 5pm, and I needed to return my rental car by 2pm. That left me with an entire morning and part of an afternoon to squeeze in one last hike.

I had read some reviews on SummitPost, and decided to tackle Juniper Peak (6,109′) in Red Rock Canyon.

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Juniper Peak (on right) from the trailhead

Juniper Peak is situated between Juniper Canyon (to the left in above photo) and Pine Creek Canyon (to the right in above photo). It offers a fun little class 3 climb via Juniper Canyon, along with a number of popular technical climbing routes.

After a short hike to Juniper Canyon, the route ascends a boulder-strewn creek for several hundred yards. From there, I climbed a talus field to reach the base of Brownstone Wall.

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Entering Juniper Canyon

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View back down into Juniper Canyon

The route is marked by cairns the rest of the way up, so the navigation wasn’t too challenging. I passed a few climbers on the Brownstone Wall, but otherwise didn’t see any hikers.

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Climber on Brownstone Wall

From here it was another 20-30 minutes to the summit, moving at a quick pace. The route became significantly steeper, but nothing more than class 3.

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Route highlighted in red

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Looking back down from just below the summit

I reached the top exactly 2 hours after leaving the trailhead. Ended up taking 3:45 round-trip.

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Summit view of Turtlehead Peak (left-of-center) and the Calico Hills (red and yellow rock right-of-center)

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Summit ridge

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Drop-off into Juniper Canyon

The return trip was straightforward and mostly uneventful. I did bump into a coyote that had been sleeping under some bushes, which I think startled both of us equally.

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  1. Scenic!


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