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White Owl Canyon, NV

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,251 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Accumulated Gain 350 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author rally_toad
author avatar Guides 22
Routes 4
Photos 512
Trips 447 map ( 2,892 miles )
Age 30 Male Gender
Location CA
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov → Any
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  4:47am - 6:44pm
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Owl Pellets and a Slot Canyon
by rally_toad

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This Canyon is so named because it is home to many Barn Owls. During this hike, you can see Owl nests, owl poop, owl pellets, and if you are lucky, you may see an owl. Either way, this is a gem of a slot canyon located in Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

From the parking area at 3 Island Overlook, a trail takes off towards the parking lot's northwest end. The trail goes down towards the lakeshore and follows the lakeshore for a short distance. The trail heads northwest initially, then turns and heads southwest towards the entrance to White Owl Canyon. Head into the canyon and follow the wash. Before too long, you will find yourself in a narrow slot canyon composed of conglomerate rock. Look in the canyon overhangs for signs of wildlife. Look higher on the canyon walls, and you may see Barn Owl Poop in the form of "whitewash" on the canyon walls. Look under these spots of poop for Owl Pellets. These narrows last for about 1/4 mile. Then the canyon opens up, and a culvert runs underneath Lakeshore Road. Continue through the culvert and keep hiking upstream.

The narrows are more spectacular below Lakeshore road, but above the road, you will go through some more narrows and eventually come to an interesting looking natural bridge. This bridge appears to have formed when a giant part of the canyon wall collapsed in just the right spot forming a natural bridge. Past the upper narrows, there are two more culverts. These are going underneath the River Mountains Loop Trail, a paved 31-mile trail popular with bikers. Past the culverts, under the River Mountains loop, the wash opens up. Continue upstream as far as you like, but the narrow part of White Owl Canyon is behind you.

When you are ready to turn around and follow the washback the way you came, eventually ending up back at the 3 Island Overlook Trailhead.

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2012-02-19 rally_toad
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Lake Mead NRA National Park
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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Boulder City, NV head south on US 93 following the signs for Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Turn left following the signs towards the Alan Bible Visitor Center, which is currently closed for renovations. Follow this road (Lakeshore Drive) through the entrance station and continue until you see a sign for 33 Hole Road overlooks on your right. Turn right onto 33 Hole Road. Turn left towards 3 island overlook. The trailhead is the parking lot for the 3 Island Overlook and picnic area.
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