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Pilot Peak

Pilot Peak, Nevada Hike/Climb

After climbing Ibapah Peak, south of West Wendover, I turned my sites North to Pilot Peak, Nevada. This mountain looms over the Great Salt Desert and is impossible to miss if traveling westward from Salt Lake City. Its profile appears nearly conical from a distance and its topographic prominence is impressive at 5,726′. Pilot Peak...

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Round Top Mountain, California

Round Top Hike/Climb near Lake Tahoe

After hiking nearby Thunder Mountain, I had at least half a day left of light so I went on bagging peaks. Round Top is a prominent, long extinct volcano in the far flung wilderness between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. Thankfully, access is pretty easy off the Carson Pass Highway/CA-88. Although a short hike...

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Organ Needle Hike/Climb, Las Crucas, New Mexico

Southern New Mexico’s Las Cruces is quickly becoming one of my favorite outdoorsy towns. It has none of the notoriety (or crowds) that other “adventure towns” have in the Southwest. Yet, its surrounded by mountain ranges and very close to several national park units. Of the many mountains nearby, Organ Needle is the highest and...

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