Category: Off The Beaten Path

Lone Mountain Hike

February 9, 2014

GPS: N36°14’17.88″ / W115°18’59.026″

Lone Mountain is a steep, isolated, rocky crag located in the northwest part of Las Vegas just inside the Interstate-215 Beltway. The summit stands some 600 feet above the surrounding desert and homes, giving great views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Lone Mountain Summit, Las Vegas Nevada

Lone Mountain Summit, Las Vegas Nevada

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There are several routes up Lone Mountain. The Northwest Route is fairly steep, but it is short (0.51 miles) and takes only about 30 minutes if you stop to enjoy the scenery along the way. The other is a longer from the north end. Lone Mountain is good place for a quick get-away or after-work hike. Be careful hiking this during the summer heat it can be very hot. This hike would make a good sunset/sunrise climb with a great view of the Las Vegas valley.

Elevation: 3342 ft.

Photo By: LasVegas360.com

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On This Date: January 27, 1951 First Nuclear Bomb Detonated at Nevada Test Site

January 27, 2014
Able- First Nuclear Test At the Nevada Test Site January 27, 1951

Able- First Nuclear Test At the Nevada Test Site January 27, 1951

The first nuclear bomb was tested at the Nevada Test Site on January 27, 1951. The Nevada Test Site is located 65 mi northwest of Las Vegas. The series of test was called Operation Ranger it was the fourth American nuclear test. The nuke shot was called  ‘Able’ and it was the first air-dropped nuclear device to be exploded on American soil. The test took place on Frenchman Flat, a dry lakebed in the Nevada Test Site (site 5). The .5-kiloton explosion was the first series to be carried out at the Nevada Test Site. The bomb was dropped by B-50 bombers and exploded in the open air over Frenchman Flat (Area 5).

Photo:  Department of Defense

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On This Date: January 16, 1942, Carole Lombard Dies in Plane Crash Near Las Vegas

January 16, 2014

On this date, January 16, 1942, a Douglas DC-3 Propliner left Las Vegas and crashed in to nearby Potosi Mountain.

TWA Flight 3

TWA Flight 3 Crashed in to Mount Potosi on January 16, 1942 near Las Vegas

After taking off from now named Nellis Air Force base, TWA Flight 3 flew for 15 minutes and slammed into a sheer cliff on Potosi Mountain, 32 miles southwest of the airport, at an elevation of 7,770 ft. and was destroyed.

All nineteen passengers on board, including movie star Carole Lombard, who was married to husband Clark Gable, her mother, and all three crew members, died in the crash.

Potosi Mountain can be seen from the Las Vegas valley and has a elevation of 8,517 ft.

GPS: 35° 57′ 3.71″ N, 115° 29′ 25″ W
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Carpenter 1 Fire Update Day 11 Hot Spot Map 7:15am

July 11, 2013
Hot Spot Map Carpenter Fire 1- Mt Charleston July 11 2013 7:15 am PST - Click to view Large Map

Hot Spot Map Carpenter Fire 1- Mt Charleston July 11 2013 7:15 am PST - Click to view Large Map

Here is the latest map. It looks less smokey upon the mountain this morning and there has been some rain come through. I hope it helps. Last Night, fire could be seen from the Las Vegas Valley as flames came over the ridge behind Red Rock Canyon.

Hot Spot Map Carpenter Fire 1- Mt Charleston July 11 2013 7:15 am PST - Click to view Large Map

Hot Spot Animation Carpenter Fire 1- Mt Charleston July 11 2013 7:15 am PST - Click to view animation

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Carpenter 1 Fire Update Day 10 Hot Spot Map 5:30pm

July 10, 2013
Carpenter 1 Fire Mt. Charleston 7/10/2013 5:00pm Click to View Larger Map

Carpenter 1 Fire Mt. Charleston 7/10/2013 5:00pm Click to View Larger Map

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Carpenter 1 Fire Update- Day 10- 25K+ Acres Burned 10:45 am

Carpenter 1 Fire New Map Released

Carpenter 1 Fire New Map Released - Click to View

Carpenter 1 Wildfire Update: Wednesday, July10, 2013 9:00 a.m.

Fire activity increased on Tuesday from southwest winds gusting up to 30 mph. The fire pushed northeast, through Harris Springs and Prospect Springs onto Bureau of Land Management property. An additional 5,767 acres burned, one commercial structure and five others were lost on the Prospect Ranch. The fire slopped north across Kyle Canyon Road around Mile Marker 6, east of Harris Springs Road. Dozers, engines and hand crews worked late into the night to stop the fire growth in this location. Overnight burnout operations on Tuesday brought a blackened line to the edge of the Rainbow Subdivision. On Tuesday, helicopters flew more than 43 hours and dropped 162,000 gallons of water on the fire. Four Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS) each dropped two loads of retardant and the Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) supported these operations.

Today’s Activity

Additionally, 274 firefighters joined the incident for Wednesday’s shift. Fire managers are expecting another active fire day, with weather conditions similar to Tuesday. Firefighters are working with dozers to build containment lines around the 3-400 acre slopover across Kyle Canyon Road. Large helicopters will support this operation with water and retardant drops. Hot Shot crews will work to strengthen the containment lines on the west side of the fire, above Lee Spring. On the north side of the fire, by Rainbow Subdivision, crews will continue to strengthen the fire edge near Cathedral Rock.

Strategic burnout operations will continue in Lovell Canyon, moving to the northeast. The fire has burned into lighter fuels and flatter terrain on this eastern side, and fire managers are optimistic about containing this fire edge and further securing the Prospect and Harris Ranch areas.

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,077
Size 25,524 acres
Percent Contained 10%
Fuels Involved Pinyon Juniper
Fire Behavior Running fire behavior with short crown runs. Group tree torching and spotting.
Significant Events The Great Basin Incident Management Team #2 assumed command of the Carpenter 1 Fire at 0600 on Sunday, July 7.
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