Nevada State College leads hike for newly named Mount Scorpion

Nevada State College will lead a hike this weekend at nearby Mount Scorpion to commemorate the summit’s recent naming after the school’s mascot.

The previously unnamed peak towers 4,094 feet above sea level 2 miles south of the campus. It was given the title on May 3 by the U.S. Geological Survey, which approved a bid submitted earlier this year by NSC officials.

“This is a thrill for us,” NSC President Bart Patterson said in a prepared statement issued Tuesday. “The federal naming of Mount Scorpion strengthens our sense of mission and school pride.”

The effort to have the mountain range named Mount Scorpion began in 2012 with a presentation to Nevada higher education officials by Patterson, an avid hiker who has led biannual treks across the terrain since first taking the helm at NSC. It gained momentum in 2014 after NSC’s Office of Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives created a project to gain support from local, state and federal agencies.

The community hike begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday at NSC’s main campus at 1125 Nevada State Drive in Henderson.

Contact Ana Ley at or 702-224-5512. Find her on Twitter: @la__ley

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