Exploring Obscurity (Arch Mountain, Black Benchmark, Arch Mountain Highpoint)

Meeting up again with Harlan, it was time to go after another remote and obscure named peak deep, deep in the backcountry of Lake Mead NRA. With a beautiful, though tedious, waterfront approach, a ton of ups and downs, awesome scenery, mountain lion scat, and loose rock on exposed knife edges, this rough 18 mile roundtrip (5,400 feet of gain) cross-country loop bagged us the rarely ascended Arch Mountain, Black BM and the unnamed highpoint of the Arch Mountain massif.

*Photo by Harlan Stockman