Last Chance Highpoint 4985' (NV, W of Pahrump)

From the east, this range looks very impressive, with rugged cliff bands near the peak tops.

The 4985’ peak is the highpoint of the range. To the south, there is a checked spot elevation of 4862’, labeled “Chance” on the USGS map; this label is the index into the US elevation database. 

I took the western approach (red line on map).  I think the hypothetical purple route would also go; there seems to be a ramp up from the saddle (see photo below); this ramp is hidden from view when one looks up from highway 160.

pics by Harlan W. S.
Jan. 09, 2008

 

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100K topo with GPS trace in red, and

hypothetical route in purple,

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24k topo.

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View of route, looking ESE; from near road.

 

 

 

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Though the route looks simple, there  are numerous

cliff bands that must be crossed.

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Maclurites, Ordovician snail.

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View up the ridge after 1st cliff band.

The tan band is the Eureka quartzite.

 

 

 

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W to Telescope Peak.

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View ENE to western Spring Mts.

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View N.

 

 

 

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The top ridge is slightly castleated, so one

must climb up and down over cliffs several times.

View of Stirling Peak.

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View to Charleston Peak.

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View ESE across Pahrump Valley.

Low clouds were in the valley

most of the day.

 

 

 

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View to Telescope, across Death Valley.

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Who else?

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Peripatetic and ubiquitous

 Don Palmer.  Last signature

was over 3 years ago.

 

 

 

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This is a view from ~4985’ point on map,

down the purple route on map.  I couldn’t see

any obvious cliff bands before saddle.

This gulley/ramp is hidden from view, when

one looks up from the highway.

 

 

 

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Charleston.

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View W on descent.

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View S on descent.

 

 

 

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