Black Mountain

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Black Mountain is a 6.80 mile out and back trail located near Henderson, Nevada. The trail is rated as moderately difficult and primarily used for hiking.

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Andrew Carver (116)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Amazing views

Bill Wad (61)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great exercise and views

Zach England (133)

5 Completed5 Reviews

Killer views, a tough climb and brutal at the top, but doable.

Glen Howard (110)

6 Completed2 Reviews

The trail is unassuming but long. The last 30 yards or so you may have to scramble.

Ron Heator (90)

6 Completed1 Reviews

This is a great hike. From the parking area to the top of Black mountain and back is about 7.5miles or so. The trail starts out paved from the parking and you follow it towards the dam. There's an outbuilding to your right as you are walking towards the dam. The trail is kind of hidden behind it and goes around a large reservoir. No shade and very hot and the last quarter mile is tough. Done it 4 times and still love it.

Dirk Siem (863)

17 Completed1 Reviews

good hike, trail ia a lil hard to find being in residential. Done this hike twice. Gets pretty steep towards the top. views are amazing. Flag at top with log books.

Eric Nye (49)

14 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike. The weather couldn't have been better, 50 degrees at our 9 am start, no wind, clear skies. The hike was moderate. I thought the 2100' elev. gain was going to be a problem but it wasn't. Really enjoyed the 360 degree view at the top. All the plants were green from the recent rains. Finding the trail was easy after parking off of Shadow Canyon Dr. and finding the trailhead at the backside of the flood basin.

Bobby Muse (106)

1 Completed2 Reviews

The address of a home beside the trailhead parking is 2268 Shadow Canyon Dr, Henderson, NV.

Bobby Muse (106)

1 Completed2 Reviews

The directions are good till it says to turn off of Shadow Canyon. The trailhead parking is on Shadow Canyon. There also seems to be some confusion about the destination of this hike. It is not the peak with the antennae. It is the tallest peak just to the south of the peak with the antennae. This peak is visible throughout most of the Vegas Valley. It is also where "Black Mountain Trail" leads.
The hike is not much more difficult than any other ~2000 foot elevation gain climb. The trail becomes not so clear in the last few hundred yards up the steepest part. It isn't difficult to climb but the loose rocks make it somewhat difficult when going back down. Not dangerous, but you can temporarily lose your footing. The view from the top is one of the most spectacular views I've ever seen, second only to Wildrose Peak in Death Valley. You step up on the summit and suddenly you can see almost the entire Vegas valley, Lake Mead, Arizona, the Solar power plant at Ivanpah in California and all the other peaks around Vegas. You are 3000 feet above McCarran Airport. Your perspective during the hike changes quickly. The trailhead falls away as you climb and it seems like you move toward the summit quickly. The entire hike is visible almost the entire hike. It took me about 4 hours but that's because I lingered at the top for quite awhile taking in the sights. This is one of my favorite hikes now and I can't wait to share it with friends.

Arpa Wear (182)

9 Completed7 Reviews

We followed the driving directions and it took us to a neighborhood that is I'm a guard gated community so we checked online and found a better way to get there. Drive into Anthem Highlands and use your GPS to find Cliff Canyon Dr. Head down the street and you'll see the parking area and trail head. The first part of the hike is on paved road that will lead you to a huge water basin. You want to walk toward the right and basically walk around the back of the basin following the dirt path, not the service road. Once you walk around the basin you will see the trial head in your right. Don't go up the service road, it won't take you to the top.
The hike itself took us 1hour 40 mins each way. The last 30 mins is strenuous with se light scrambling around rocks. Truthfully, it's more of a pain to get down than up. It has beautiful views all the way up and once you're up at the top you can see into East Henderson and Boulder City.
It's long and dummy so don't go when it's too hot out and take lots of water!