Nopah High Point - 6,394'
I started out in windy conditions and about 50 degrees Fahrenheit at 8:35 a.m. The wind was intermittent, sometimes not noticeable, other times it just howled. A dark, heavy cloud hung over the mountain and I was worried it might rain on the peak, even though it was mostly sunny elsewhere. The first four miles were over easy, gently sloping terrain. It didn't begin to get difficult until within the canyon, where occasional dry falls and boulders were obstacles that were easily bypassed or climbed. Near the end of the canyon, one had to climb a steep, loose slope and gain well over a thousand feet in a short distance to reach the ridgeline/saddle between Nopa HP and Nopa Peak. At this point I contoured around to the left of a small valley to avoid losing elevation, but ultimately had to drop down, cross the valley, then begin the final ascent up a steep slope to the summit ridge. Once on the summit ridge it was an easy walk over to the summit itself. Great views, especially out towards Death Valley. Eagle #2, Brown, and Pyramid were easily seen from here. The wind at the summit and the 32 degree temperature drove me off the peak after just taking enough time to sign the register (one went back to 1965, the other showed only a few entries between the LVMC trip on 12/10/11 and my own), eat a quick lunch, then beat it back down the mountain into the canyon, where I was more protected from the wind. A great day on the mountain and I made it out before sunset.
Eagle Peak is the dark, isolated mountain in the far center. Beyond it is Brown Peak. I climbed the two of them last weekend.