LAS VEGAS -- The next time you look across the Las Vegas Valley, take a moment to appreciate the splendor of the surrounding mountains. Then try to pinpoint the highest peaks.
It's not as easy as it looks, but there is a way to cheat. All one has to do is go to the website Adventureinternet.com, whose list of the valley's 60 highest peaks was assembled by outdoor enthusiasts Henry and Anya Jingle of Las Vegas.
We've selected the top eight, which are all part of the Spring Mountains on the valley's western edge.
1. Charleston Peak -- At 11,918 feet high, this is the giant of the valley, with apologies to the Stratosphere. More commonly known as Mount Charleston, this peak within the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is known for its skiing areas.
2. Mummy Mountain -- The runner-up at 11,542 feet, its profile resembles an Egyptian sarcophagus, which explains the name. Overlooking Lee Canyon, the mountain can be accessed along the North Loop Trail.
3. Griffith Peak -- The bronze medal goes to this 11,056-foot peak, which is nearly four miles southeast of Mount Charleston. Griffith Peak can be reached along the South Loop and Harris Springs trails.
4. Mummy's Forehead -- At 11,040 feet high, this relative of Mummy Mountain features Bristlecone pines
5. Mummy's Chin -- Another family member, this one stands 11,037 feet high. Hikers pass Western blue flax and primroses along the way.
6. Mummy's Toe -- This Mummy entry comes in at 10,925 feet high. Also accessible from the North Loop Trail, passersby can spot Mojave prickly poppy, lupines and sunflowers.
7. Mummy's Nose -- The shortest member of the Mummy clan sports a height of 10,748 feet. The website's authors say it's a four-mile hike up and back with an elevation gain of 2,700 feet.
8. McFarland Peak -- At 10,742 feet high, this limestone creation can be found in the northern portion of the Spring Mountains.