Branch Whitney lead a group of hikers to Fortress Butte (elevation 1,850 feet), one of the premier hikes in the Lake Mead area, and then to the Arizona Hot Springs on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The weather turned out to be warmer than forecasted which resulted in a beautiful day for hiking in Lake Mead.
Fortress Butte is a very cool looking and looks impossible to climb (but we did) butte near the Arizona Hot Springs.The summit looks like a football field in the sky with great views in all directions. The route is in great shape. It's very well cairned and the recent rains washed away some of the loose rock. Unfortunately, the sign-in book is gone and needs to be replaced.
The Arizona Hot Springs were hot hot hot, but soothing and relaxing once you got used to it. Don't forget your water shoes if you plan to visit in the near future.kk
Branch Whitney created the 52 Peak Club in March of 2011. He is the author of the book: Hiking Las Vegas, an Amazon Best Seller He also is the author of four other hiking guidebooks He has led more than 8,000 hikers to over 100 different peaks He has named over 30 peaks including: Bridge Point, White Pinnacle Peak, Ice Box Peak, Summerlin Peak, Northshore Peak, Oak Creek Overlook and many more. He has found over 60 routes to peaks in Southern NV and beyond. He has consulted for: Vasque, Geigerrig, REI, Zappos and has spoke to several companies