River Mountain Trail, NV • Hike

River Mountain Trail, NV

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NV > Vegas
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.23 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,431 feet
Elevation Gain 1,000 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,000 feet
Avg Time One Way 1-1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.56
Interest Historic & Peak
Backpack No
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Routes 19
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Trips 1,391 map ( 11,424 miles )
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Location Las Vegas, NV
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:34am - 5:23pm
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by autumnstars

A nicely-maintained hiking trail to the top of the River Mountains overlooking Boulder City, NV. Connects with two options for easy peak bagging and wonderful views of Lake Mead and Las Vegas.

This trail was originally constructed by CCC, Civilian Conservation Corp from 1935-1937, crews working to build the Boulder (Hoover) Dam. Much of the original stonework can be seen on the switchbacks.

Boulder City was founded as a "company town" by the federal government as a place for CCC crews to live. Unlike the rest of Nevada, gambling and alcohol were completely forbidden. Soon, many moonshine stills were established in an area just outside of town, which gives the collection of mountain bike trails out here the general name of Bootleg Canyon. Much debris from these old stills and the people who ran them can still be seen.

The trail starts gently uphill, meandering in and out of the washes along the disturbed periphery of Boulder City. After crossing a powerline road, the area becomes less disturbed and the trail runs up into the main canyon. The hiking trail intersects a mountain bike trail a few times but is prominently signed as No Bikes, and I have never seen a cyclist on the hiking trail. Soon enough, the trail ascends two sets of well-built switchbacks to the saddle between Red and Black Mountains. From the intersection at the saddle, take Red Mtn Trail to the left or Black Mtn Trail to the right to enjoy the views.

You can also connect to many of the Bootleg Canyon Mountain Biking trails from here.

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2022-03-16 autumnstars

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

    Permit $$

    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Traveling South on BUS 93 through Boulder City, turn left at the town's main stoplight to remain on US93. After 0.7 mi downhill toward Lake Mead, turn left into the signed parking lot for River Mountain Trail. This turn is just before St Jude's Ranch for children.
    page created by AZLOT69 on Mar 16 2022 6:23 pm

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