A fun hike/run with great views of Vegas.
Kim and I met Tim (T. White on Summitpost) at the trailhead climbed Black Mountain near Henderson. There is a trail to the top and some minor scrambling, along with a great view. It was a bit chilly and windy for the Las Vegas area!
Weather was 50 mph winds. Made for a really fun summit! So RAD!
Hiked up with my dogs. Nice views of the lake and desert from the top.
Cool hike on the SE edge of Las Vegas. Cool Volcanic rocks, steep at top.
"Only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain." - Richard M. Nixon, 1974. I could use that quote myself to describe how breathtakingly beautiful this hike to the summit was; great views, challenging scrambles and I even passed a mother bighorn and her baby, which was cool! Saw the flag and signed the log in the ammunition box, both of which have been tattered from many days of exposure to the elements.
This was my first hike in months after an injury... was wonderful to get outside again, and the trail itself is nicely varied. Summit views of industrial power generation sprawling over El Dorado Valley were discouraging to say the least.
got up this thing with Maddie, after trying to figure out which Black Mountain we were going to climb. Good hike for a cold day, as there is NO shade along the route. Trail to the top w/ a little class 2 near the end. Great views of the Vegas Valley and surrounding mtn ranges.
First Vegas-area peak of what I hope will be many. A little ice on the trail from the recent snow made it a bit slippery near the top.
Climbed with LVMC.
Ran up the Trail with a headlamp on a perfect November night. Left the trail head at 6:30pm, ran into a couple of hikers on their way down and was able to chat about the mountain as this was my first time on Black Mountain. Amazing to look across Las Vegas from up there at night! Made it back to the trail head a little after 8:30. One of my favorite night trail runs ever!
This was part of a month long solo peakbagging trip in which I hiked every day and got 70 peaks in 30 days. I hiked Black in the Morning and Railroad Peak in the afternoon. Black was one of my two least favorite peaks of the trip.
For numerous photos and brief route descriptions see the trip report.
This hike is a great opportunity to not only survey all of the Las Vegas valley, but also the various mountain ridges to the east and south and into Arizona and Califonia.
A small slice of Lake Mead is visible to the east, as well as the vast solar fields to the south.
The last 3/4 of a mile are half scramble, half hike and require considerably more effort than the first 2.5 miles, which are on more evenly groomed trail. Be ready to exert yourself at the very end as the trail climbs up the northern ridgeline.
There's an American flag and market and log at the top. Worth it completely!
Close to Las Vegas and easy to follow thanks to these pages. GPS track below, if interested.
My mother, age 72, has hiked this peak a couple times with her hiking club. I was visiting, so she took me and a couple of her hiking club pals to the top. Nice trailhike, great views and beautiful area, despite the new homes. Especially enjoyed the views east into El Dorado Valley.
1st time on the more gradual and far more meandering newly rerouted trail
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This one was a nice hike and the views were superb.
Quick up and down on a cool, sunny day with a light breeze. Great views all around, and really pretty desert landscape. The sprawling housing developments at the bottom are weird, though, and I wish I could've hiked this back before the development creeped in.
Quick afternoon summit to get some pre-holiday exercise
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