McFarland Peak (10,742 feet)

13.3 miles up and back via Bristlecone Pine Trail, Bonanza Trail and the Gully

This route starts in Lee Canyon at the Bristlecone Pine Trailhead which is located near the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort

Spring Mountains, Nevada

August 10, 2007

01Trailhead by the ski resort

02On Bristlecone Pine trail

03Trail weaves among Aspens

04Aspens in their summer outfit

05Mummy Mtn in the background

06On Bristlecone Pine trail

07On the trail

08On the trail

09South Sister is in view

10Bonanza Trail starts here

11Bonanza Trail starts here

12Trail sign

13Bonanza Trail

14Among Ponderosas

15On Bonanza Trail

16Bonanza Trail

17Entering wilderness

18Wilderness sign

19We continue on Bonanza Trail

20Charleston Peak is in view

21First glimpse at McFarland

22McFarland and vistas

23Blossoms along the trail

24Trail companion

25McFarland comes to view ahead

26On the trail

27Bonanza Trail

28On Bonanza Trail

29Bristlecone Pine

30View of the Sisters

31View of Macks Peak

32Approach to McFarland

33McFarland Peak from Bonanza Trail

34Approach to McFarland

35Approach to McFarland

36McFarland Peak

37Treats along the trail

38Wild Currants

39View of Macks Peak

40McFarland is getting closer

41Looking up from trail

42Looking up from trail

43On route to the gully

44Approaching the gully entrance

45We leave the trail here and head up

46Leave Bonanza trail here

47On route to gully

48In the ascent gully

49Gully is full of Rock Spirea

50Rock Spirea in bloom

51Rock Spirea blooms

52Photographing Spirea

53Photographing Spirea

54In the gully

55In the gully

56On route up the gully

57On route up the gully

58On route up the gully

59Class 3 section

60Class 3 section

61Class 3 section

62Vistas from the gully

63On route up the gully

64By bristlecone pine

67Pretty Bristlecone Pine

68On route up the gully


70View of Charleston Peak

71Saddle is near

72Roots of bristlecone

73At the saddle

74We topped out from there

75Cliffs above the gully

76On route to summit

77Summit is near


79On the summit

80On the summit

81Descending the gully

82View of subpeak

83Back on Bonanza Trail

84Charleston Peak is in view

85View of Charleston Peak

86Descending among bristlecones

87Close up of Charleston Peak


89South Sister view

90Ponderosas along Bristlecone Trail

91Somebody is peeking at us

92Ground Squirrel

93View of Mummy Mountain

94Mummy and Lee Canyon

95GPS trace of the whole hike

96Trace of the off-trail section

97Profile of the whole hike

98Profile of the off-trail section