Mummy Mountain (Nevada)

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Mummy Mountain
Mummy Mountain.JPG
Mummy Mountain as seen from Griffith Peak in late January 2003
Highest point
Elevation 11,533 ft (3,515 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 801 ft (244 m) [1]
Coordinates 36°17′58″N 115°38′55″W / 36.2994073°N 115.6486288°W / 36.2994073; -115.6486288Coordinates: 36°17′58″N 115°38′55″W / 36.2994073°N 115.6486288°W / 36.2994073; -115.6486288[2]
Geography
Location Clark County, Nevada, U.S.
Parent range Spring Mountains
Topo map USGS Charleston Peak
Climbing
Easiest route Scramble

Mummy Mountain is the second highest peak of the Spring Mountains in Clark County, Nevada, United States. It is the twentieth highest mountain in the state.[3] The mountain is located within the Mount Charleston Wilderness and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

It takes its name from its vague resemblance to a mummy, or perhaps more accurately an Egyptian sarcophagus seen in profile, with the "head" to the north formed by outcropping above Lee Canyon, the gently rounded main summit forming the "body", and a southern rise and cliffs forming the "feet", called "Mummy's Toe".[4] This appearance is especially prominent from U.S. Route 95, which passes by the mountain to the east.

The most common route to the summit is from the North Loop Trail to Mount Charleston, starting from where it reaches close to the top of the ridge between Mummy Mountain and Mount Charleston. After the first two switchbacks, a steep scramble up a scree slope reaches the top of the ridge, where a faint climber's trail leads east to the base of the summit cliffs. The route then jogs north to a class 4 chute leading to the broad and flat summit plateau.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mummy Mountain, Nevada". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mummy Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved April 4, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Nevada 11,000-foot Peaks". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Mummy's Toe hike: http://lasvegashiking.org/mummys-toe-las-vegas-hiking/
  5. ^ Mummy Mountain summit hike: http://lasvegashiking.org/mummy-mountain-las-vegas-hiking/

References[edit]

  • Beffort, Brian (2005). Afoot & afield Las Vegas & southern Nevada : a comprehensive hiking guide. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. pp. 80–82. ISBN 0-89997-357-4. OCLC 60828226.