Frenchman Mountain is just over 4,000 feet in elevation, which gives you something like 2,000 feet in elevation above the city of Las Vegas. It’s colder, way windier and pretty remote feeling once you get up there. But the climb is worth it if you hang around and watch the sunset and lights of Vegas come on.
Getting there is pretty easy too. Take the 210 bus out Lake Mead Blvd. to the end. From there you’ll have to walk a few miles uphill, into the desert, to get to the trailhead. And that is simply a gate on the right hand side of the road with what was once a road leading to the top.
And this so called road is steep.
Climb the first part and then you’ll have to descend to a saddle before actually climbing Frenchman Mountain. This steep descent will give you some sort of idea on what going back down the mountain will be like. Frenchman Mountain itself has two peaks. Each of which have radio antenna’s on top. The best view is from the second peak, imo.
The winds were so extreme that a tent probably wouldn’t have survived the night I was up there. The temperatures were so cold that I ended up wearing all of the clothes in my backpack and crawling into my sleeping bag just after 5pm.
But in November the sun sets at 4:30pm anyway.
Thankfully I had my All Weather Blanket which cut a lot of the wind off. I slept well, and every time I woke up I was again amazed at the lights of the city 2,000 feet below me.