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Anniversary Narrows
(Lake Mead NRA)

Anniversary Narrows - As of the Spring of 2016, Anniversary Narrows can only be reached from the top entrance either up and over Anniversary Narrows Peak or from the End Around route up the West End Wash. Both hike routes are indicated on the maps below and would have to be hiked as an out and back. Anniversary Narrows is a beautiful slot canyon of around 0.25 miles that is normally easy to hike through with a small amount of scrambling. It is located in the area of mile marker 16 on Northshore Road in the Lake Mead NRA. Until the mining operation and the BLM can come to an agreement, the slot canyon will remain difficult to reach.

Route to Narrows over Anniversary Narrows Peak (One Way)
Route to Narrows using West End Wash & Around (One Way)

Arizona Hot Springs
(Lake Mead NRA)

Arizona Hot Springs - The trailhead for this hike is located 4 miles south of Hoover Dam at the White Rock Canyon Trailhead parking area on the east side of Highway 93. Hikers must drop down to the wide wash, hike under the highway bridge and continue down this canyon that narrows as you near the river. The hike is traditionally done using an out-and-back route through White Rock Canyon to the Colorado River, jogging to the south to find the entrance to the small canyon containing the hot springs. The turn around point of the hike occurs near a landing area for water craft on the river. Total distance is about 6 miles with an elevation gain of 800 feet, which will be accomplished on the return leg. One optional loop climbs through the hot springs pools and into another canyon that proceeds east then over a saddle to the starting point. Another optional loop climbs through the hot springs pools, into that other canyon and proceeds up that canyon taking a left fork. This last canyon requires hikers to climb three challenging dry falls before finding a trail that leads back to the cars.

Return via Saddle Route Below

Return via Dry Falls Route Below

Arnight-Knoll Loop
(Red Rock Canyon NCA)

Arnight-Knoll Loop - The starting point for the hike is at the parking area at the end of the gravel road that proceeds to the right just past Mile Marker 12 on the scenic loop. The hike consists of all or portions of three different trails, heading west on the Arnight Trail for about one mile, turning south on the Knoll Trail to its termination point, then turning left on the Oak Creek Trail to the parking lot. Total distance is about 3 miles with 200 feet of elevation gain. The Knoll Trail includes some minor boulder scrambling.

Ash Canyon
(Red Rock Canyon NCA)

Ash Canyon - The trailhead for this hike is located at the Red Springs picnic area in Calico Basin, about 1/2 miles east of the Red Rock Visitor Center. The trail follows along the east side of the Calico Hills to the mouth of Ash Canyon, where it tunrs into a fairly intense bouldering route for 3/4 mile to the top end of the canyon near Red Cap. There are several options for finishing the hike. The most used routes involve heading east on Rattlesnake Trail to Gateway Canyon and turning right. One can either take the trail that climbs to Gateway Saddle and down to Calico Basin, or continue in the canyon, eventually swinging around Krafft Mountain on the way back to the start. Total distance is between 5 and 7 miles with vertical gain to the summit of Ash Canyon of 900 feet. Two optional finishes to this hike are found below.

Up Ash Canyon / Down Through Gateway Canyon Route

Up Ash Canyon / Krafft Mountain Traverse Route

Up Ash Canyon / Red Cap / Angel Pass Route

Ash Canyon Overlook
(Red Rock Canyon NCA)

Ash Canyon Overlook - Although only 2.5 miles in total distance, this easy to moderate out-and-back hike starts from Sandstone Quarry on the Red Rock scenic loop and proceeds around the north end of the Calico Hills, winding up on a colorful sandstone formation sitting near the top of Ash Canyon with the town of Calico Basin at the bottom. This is a great hike for beginning or experienced hikers with the wonderful back country scenery. The overlook may be extended down Ash Canyon to the Dragon Canyon Overlook.

Ash Canyon Overlook Loop

Ash Creek Loop
(Red Rock Canyon NCA)

Ash Creek Loop - The hike begins at the Red Springs picnic area at Calico Basin. The trail follows along the Ash Creek drainage for a short distance, turns right and proceeds in the direction of Krafft Mountain, then turns left below Gateway Saddle before heading west toward the mouth of Ash Canyon. The loop finishes along the Calico Hills back to the parking area. Total distance for the hike is 3.7 miles with a 400 foot elevation gain. A hike to Ash Meadows alone is also nice.

Ash Meadows O&B

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Badger Pass
(Red Rock Canyon NCA - Bird Spring Range)

Badger Pass - There are three trail heads that can be used for doing the hike to Badger Pass. The starting point for the easiest version is found by driving west on Highway 160 about 6 miles from the intersection with Highway 159, then turning left and driving about 0.7 miles on a gravel road to a small parking area on the left. The loop hike climbs about 450 feet along a ridge in the Bird Spring Range, then descends to Badger Pass and the Dead Horse Trail before returning to the starting point. Other versions include a 5-mile hike starting from the parking lot on the right immediately after making the turn from Highway 160 and a 7-mile version that starts from the Late Night/ Old Spanish Road trail head about 1.5 miles east on Highway 160.

Beyond Mouse's Tank
(Valley of Fire State Park)

Beyond Mouse's Tank - This hike through the heart of the Valley of Fire provides a lot of scrambling as it takes you out to the left of Mouse's Tank Trailhead and returns via the Mouse's Tank and a section of multiple petroglyphs. It utilizes a 1.5 mile section of the Valley of Fire wash with a mid-point of the hike on a plateau. The entire hike is around 5.5 miles with an elevation gain of almost 400 feet.

Big Falls
(Spring Mountains NRA)

Big Falls - The start of this hike is located at the Mary Jane Falls parking area at the end of a gravel road off Echo Drive past the Trail Canyon trailhead in Kyle Canyon. The Mary Jane Falls Trail is used for the first part of the hike. At the switchbacks, cross the rock border and continue on a path parallel to the drainage on the left. Turn left and follow a trail into the drainage. Bearing to the left, the route climbs up Big Falls wash. Eventually, the route turns into a small boulder scramble. At the farthest point is a 70-foot waterfall that can carry high volumes of water in the spring. Total distance for the out-and-back hike is 3 miles with a 800 foot elevation gain.

Big Falls / Mary Jane Falls
(Spring Mountains NRA)

Big Falls / Mary Jane Falls - For the more advanced hikers, combining Big Falls with Mary Jane Falls creates an exciting and strenuous hiking option, with lots of scrambling and a double climb totaling over 1500 feet. If doing both, it is better to climb to the base of Big Falls first before backtracking and starting the Mary Jane Falls climb near the base of the switchbacks. As an alternative to the regular trail, the old trail to Mary Jane Falls climbs steeply directly to the base of the falls without using any switchbacks. This route cuts about 1/2 mile off the approach to Mary Jane. Total distance for the combined hike is about 5 miles.

Bird Spring Range
(Red Rock Canyon NCA)

Bird Spring Range - Located south of Highway 160 near South Cottonwood Valley, the trek along the top ridge of the Bird Spring Range provides some serious off-trail hiking. The normal start to the hike follows the shortest trail to Badger Pass and then starts climbing off-trail to the highest point in the range. As the route follows the ridge there are exceptional views of the Las Vegas area from the southwest. A stretch along the ridge contains some fabulous fossils that are remnants of an ancient shallow sea. After passing the Wilson Tank location, the route makes one additional steep climb to a position where both Las Vegas and Goodsprings can be viewed. The return is along the Deadhorse Trail. Total distance is about 7 miles and the elevation gain is around 1200 feet.

Black Mountain Overlook
(Boulder City)

Black Mountain Overlook (Boulder City) - The River Mountains trail head serves as the starting point for this hike. It is located on Highway 95 in Boulder City, adjacent to St. Jude Children's Ranch. Total distance for the hike is about 6 miles with an elevation gain of 1065 feet. The hike technically terminates at the Black Mountain Overlook, rather than the actual peak. From the top, there is a panoramic view that includes Lake Mead to the east, Boulder City to the south, and Las Vegas to the northwest. This destination can also be combined with a hike to Red Mountain, resulting in a moderately strenuous 7 mile distance.

Black Mountain Peak & Arch
(Boulder City)

 Black Mountain Peak & Arch - This hike is a 7 mile partial loop that begins at the River Mountains Trail trailhead in Boulder City next to St. Jude Children's Ranch. The route climbs up between the visible red and black peaks and continues to the right out to the Black Mountain Overlook. From there, the trail becomes difficult to negotiate as it drops off the other side. After reaching the peak, drop down into the wash and loop around to a large arch. From there, traverse back to the original ridge for a total elevation gain of 1800 feet.

Black Mountain

Black Mountain (Henderson) - The trailhead for this hike is located off Shadow Canyon Drive in the southern part of Sun City Anthem. There is a small parking area along the road that will hold about five vehicles. From the lot, a paved walking trail heads southeast toward a flood containment dam. At the back of the basin, the trail is marked by a sign. The out-and-back trail is easy to follow, except for one section near the beginning where it climbs through a 10 foot rock face. From that point, it becomes progressively steeper as it passes through a lava field to the top. Because the mountain is so close to the city, the views are fantastic. Total distance for the hike is 6 miles with an elevation gain of 2100 feet.

Black Mountain O&B

Black Mountain Loop

Blue Diamond Bike Trails (Hurl)
(Red Rock Canyon NCA - Blue Diamond)
Blue Diamond Bike Trails - The start for this hike is found on the right just across the bridge that leads into the community of Blue Diamond. The trail makes a loop using the bicyclers route called Hurl, starting south on a section of the Old Spanish Trail before bending to the right, eventually climbing a long, gradual ridge above Blue Diamond with views of the area. There are two options for closing the hike. Either route is around 5 miles with 800 feet of elevation gain.

Blue Diamond Canyons
(Red Rock Canyon NCA - Blue Diamond Hills)

Blue Diamond Canyons - Generally referred to as Blue Diamond Canyons Numbers 1 through 5, these canyons are located on the southwest side of Blue Diamond Hill, and are accessed directly from Highway 159. Canyon #1 is closest to the gypsum plant at the south end of the hill across from one of the entrance roads to the community of Blue Diamond. The other canyons are in order to the north. All three involve varying levels of boulder scrambling and have dry waterfalls that must be negotiated. Numbers 1 and 2 are not as easy to descend as they are to climb. Canyon #3 works decently either way. Distances vary up to 5 miles depending on the combination of canyons or adjacent ridges that are incorporated into the hike.

Route up Canyon #2 and down Canyon #3

Bluff Trail
(Lake Mead NRA)

Bluff Trail - This hike is accessed from the Las Vegas Bay Marina & Campground, which is located on Lakeshore Road 2.1 miles east of the intersection of Lakeshore and Lake Mead Drive, which passes Lake Las Vegas. The hike is inside the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which requires a daily use fee or park pass. The starting point is an information kiosk inside the campground, adjacent to a small parking area that holds about four vehicles. The out-and-back route follows the Las Vegas Wash for about one mile to a bluff above the wash and offers an opportunity to do some further exploring in undeveloped terrain upstream. Total distance is between 2 and 3 miles with elevation gain of less than 300 feet.

Bonanza Peak
(Spring Mountains NRA)

Bonanza Peak - This strenuous 10-mile out-and-back hike starts from the northern trail head of the Bonanza Trail, located near the community of Cold Creek. The trail climbs fairly moderately to a saddle on the main ridge of the Spring Mountains overlooking the Pahrump area with views toward the mountains surrounding Death Valley. This opening section includes 55 switchbacks. From the saddle, turn left on the Bonanza Trail and head toward the peak. Just before the trail begins a descent approaching McFarland Peak, a cairn on the left indicates where the last short climb to the peak begins. Total elevation gain for the hike is 2500 feet.

Bonanza Trail
(Spring Mountains NRA)

Bonanza Trail - The entire 13-mile trail starts from the Bristlecone Trail about 2 miles from the winter skiing operation and proceeds north along the spine of the Spring Mountain Divide to a parking area about 2 miles from the community of Cold Creek. One option, if you don't want to do the entire trail is to take the section north from Bristlecone for a few miles along the ridge. Many locations along the ridge have open views in both directions. In this case, plan on doing an out-and-back hike for 3 or 4 miles in each direction. Total climb over the 4-mile section is about 1200 feet.

From South to North Route (Lee Canyon to Cold Creek)
From North to South (Cold Creek to Lee Canyon)

Bristlecone Loop
(Spring Mountains NRA)

Bristlecone Loop - The starting point for this hike is at the end of Lee Canyon Road (Highway 156) just beyond the ski resort. The 2-mile western portion of the loop hike climbs through the pine and aspen forests, with some minor rock scrambling. The eastern part follows a forest service road that runs back to Highway 157. Most of this part of the hike has open views of the peaks in the vicinity of Lee Canyon. The third part of the loop is along the highway. Total distance is 6 miles with 750 feet of elevation gain.

Brownstone Canyon
(Red Rock Canyon NCA)

Brownstone Canyon - The 8-mile loop hike into Brownstone Canyon begins at Sandstone Quarry in Red Rock. Follow the Calico Tanks Trail but stay in the wash and hike the trail around the base of Red Cap before dropping through another wash into Gateway Canyon. The off-trail route turns left and climbs to the top of that canyon. After crossing the sandstone east of Turtlehead, the route drops through an opening in the sandstone to a protected wall with significant pictographs on the edge of Brownstone Canyon. Turn left up the canyon and cross over a saddle at the base of the La Madre Mountains. It's about 3 miles of hiking in a gravel drainage to return to Sandstone Quarry.