reply to post by reynoldt
Doing Tikaboo takes two days. You can't see much except in the morning or at night, so most people do the hike during the day and camp out on or near
the peak at night, then watch the base in the morning. You will need binoculars that can either be used with a monopod, or image stabilized. The base
is 26 miles away, so high magnification is needed, at least 15x to 18x.
What really concerns me are these people that rent a car (yes car) in Vegas and then try to do Tikaboo. A decade ago, that was possible, but the road
only gets worse. The road is at the point where you can't get very close to the staging area without a high clearance vehicle. Probably not 4WD, but
it certainly helps. Passenger tires are very likely to get a flat, and most SUV rentals are not set up with off-road tires. In fact, they will tell
you not to go off-road with your SUV. [At nearly $5 a gallon, who rents a SUV for style?]
The hike is best done with a frame backpack, since you will be bringing water (about 9 liters in the summer time), a tent, pad, and sleeping bag. My
pack is about 40lbs by the time I have all the gear aboard. Water alone is 15lbs. I once did the hike up and down in under 3 hours, but I wasn't
carrying more than water. [I pre-positioned some water and sports drink to insure the person that would be doing the hike with me could make it to
the top. This saved that person from having to carry 15 lbs of water. I never stranded anyone on the way up Tikaboo, but I hate turning back.]
Carrying the full load, I'm doing about 3.5 hours up the trail, including the mile it take me to get to the last staging area. [Some people drive to
I could provide a GPS track, but all that would do is help you get back on the trail once you get lost. Basically, you need to follow the trail rather
than the GPS. I'll think about this some more. Note some guy tried to do the hike at nigh with really good flashlight. He had to turn back. You can
barely see the trail in the daytime.
All the other snooping is pretty safe. [Front gate, back gate] Roadblock Canyon needs 4wd. You can get pretty close to Bald Mountain with a car, but
to reach the border, you probably need a truck or SUV. Cedar Pipeline Ranch road is paved.
Incidentally, I don't like those big hotels like the MGM. Check in/out is a zoo. I prefer the older hotels just off the strip like the Gold Coast or
the Orleans. Of course, you can view the Janet terminal from the Tropicana Island Tower or the long term parking garage at McCarran. The rooms at the
Tropicana are showing their age, and the hotel won't refurb it because ultimately they are going to tear it down and build something bigger.
Most visitors from outside the country have GSM phones. Unfortunately, GSM is not all that popular in rural areas since it has limited range due to
timing issues [You can often "see" the tower, but you can't connect.] This file is a hack of sorts that more or less shows the coverage of GSM
around the range.
gsm map, you mileage may vary