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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Bobby Muse (66)

1 Completed2 Reviews

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

Bobby Muse (66)

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 (156)

8 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!

Ian McCarthy (1911)

57 Completed2 Reviews

It was a little tough to find the trailhead if you follow the "Driving Directions" which basically dump you at the end of a residential cul-de-sac. Don't worry, you're in the right place. There is however a small parking lot and park on Cliff Shadows Drive that you can access the trail from as well but it's slightly further away. According to my Suunto GPS I tracked 7.56 miles from where I parked to the top and back. From the cul-de-sac you'll see a walking trail between two houses. Follow that until you get past the house's privacy wall. As soon as you do bear left and follow the power lines a few hundred yards until you come to a concrete flood basin. Some of the reviews and tracks mention the trail being a much easier service road that goes to the antenna/cell towers take note that THE SERVICE ROAD IS NOT THE BLACK MOUNTAIN TRAIL. The actual trail goes all the way to the top and is a well maintained single track. Head down the hill to the back of the basin (opposite the neighborhood). Halfway across you'll find a sign that says "Black Mountain Trail". Take a right and head up. It's well marked from there. Others also mentioned that the last quarter mile from the top is a real bitch. THIS IS NO JOKE! It is exhausting! Don't be discouraged though, the sense of accomplishment and views at the top are well worth it! I'll definitely be making this one of my regular hikes!

Eric Bautista (61)

1 Completed1 Reviews

The trail is actually 6.78 miles out and back from the trail head marker with a 2034 feet elevation. It's moderately difficult compared to Turtlehead Peak.

Paul Shindelus (83)

1 Completed1 Reviews

To date I've hiked the summit of Black Mountain about 15 times. It is an excellent hiking for training and/getting into shape for bigger mountains. The trail is in very good condition and is clearly defined, I've hiked it at night before and had no problem locating the trail using my headlamp. The steepness is comparable to what you'd find on mountains like Whitney, Half Dome, Baldy, Wheeler, etc. In fact, the last 1/4 or so leaving up to the summit is even steeper than most major mountain trails. If you are in good shape the hike should take about 3 hours round trip. And the views in all directions are excellent. The biggest drawback is the lack of shelter: there is not one ounce of it on the entire trail, you will be exposed the entire time. In the summer it's best to start very early (5:00, maybe as late as 6:00), the trail is on the mountain's west side so the peak keeps the trail sheltered from sunlight until about 7:30. After that, it starts getting hot. Quickly. And there is nothing to shield you from the sun. A small backpack with 64 oz. of sports drink, sunglasses, sunscreen, and some antibiotic ointment is all I usually take withe me when I hike it, the trail is frequently hiked and cell phone reception is good the entire trip, so if you get hurt you won't have problem getting assistance. Highly recommended hike.

Justin Sisson (146)

4 Completed3 Reviews

Great view of the city! Multiple ways to go as coh has different names than listed but fun hike and should not be done in the summer dogs are fun to take as well! Just watch out for the old people... Just watch out for the grumpy old people

Robert Compton (213)

4 Completed2 Reviews

fun walk if u go at a good clip up plenty of spots to make it a walk from half a ml on up

Joshua Menard (246)

3 Completed2 Reviews

This is a great hike. 3x completed and the view is worth it. Bring lots of water and sunscreen! My gps said it was about a 2900ft gain in elevation and there isn't a shady spot to relax.

Joshua Eddy (94)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Very easy hike. The trail is an old service road for the radio towers. Would be a nice 5 miler for an ambitious run. I run all around this trail, but never made the turn toward the summit. I might have to try a trot next time. One note: the very top peak is closed off to general public. Kind of lame. However, you could easily walk around the gate, if you're brave enough to brave the strong RF from the towers.

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