Black Mountain is located in Southern Nevada between Searchlight and Lake Mojave. Views from the summit offer some of the greatest views of Lake Mojave, a portion of the Colorado River that widens between Boulder City, NV and Laughlin, NV. You also get nice views of nearby Spirit Mountain
to the south and Copper Mountain
to the north, El Dorado Mountains
to the west, and peaks on the Arizona side of the Colorado River to the east.
From Las Vegas Drive South on HWY 93/95 (I-515) towards Boulder City. Just before Boulder City, head South on HWY 95 towards Searchlight, NV. Drive south on HWY 95 for about 35.8 miles. Then in Searchlight turn left (East) onto HWY 164 (Cottonwood Cove Rd). Drive about 9.7 miles and you will reach a spot you can park on the right (south side) of the HWY just across from Black Mountain.
Even though Black Mountain lies within Lake Mead National Recreation Area
, there is no permit needed to hike this peak.
From the parking area head North Straight across the highway and onto the dirt road. Hike about 500 feet then head NE up the ridge to a saddle. From here scramble over some fairly easy class 3 over to another saddle just below the summit. From here hike and scramble to the summit. The table below gives waypoints. Expect about 1.3 miles round trip and about 700 feet of elevation gain.
|Elevation (ft) & Distance (mi)|
|WPT 1||Park||35°28'58.9"N||114°45'02.1"W||1,472’; 0.00|
|WPT 2||Head NE up the ridge||35°29'02.6"N||114°45'01.8"W||1,500’; 0.10|
|1st Saddle||35°29'13.6"N||114°45'01.8"W||1,940; 0.39|
| Saddle below the summit||35°29'17.6"N||114°45'02.6"W||1,940; 0.47|
|WPT 5||Black Mountain summit||35°29'23.3"N||114°45'06.5"W||2,198’; 0.63|
Alternatively you could hike a little further along the dirt road (another 100 yards or so) and then hike head NE up ridge to the saddle below the summit and scramble up to the top.
When to Climb
Best time to climb would be October-April. With low elevation the rest of the year can be too hot to climb.