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Bowl of Fire - 1 member in 6 triplogs has rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 19 2019
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60 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Bowl of FireVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2019
kingsnakeTriplogs 768
Hiking7.72 Miles 1,433 AEG
Hiking7.72 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   2.68 mph
1,433 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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After finding the correct NV-167 pullout for Bowl of Fire, it still took me a couple of minutes to figure out where the Bowl of Fire Trail was, and I only figured that out after my eagle-eyed wife spotted the cairn. The trail does not get much foot traffic, so it is faint in spots: More of a disturbance in the desert surface than an actual worn trail.

The temperature was perfect hiking weather, with temps in the low-50s. I did not need a jacket, and only drank about 1.4 liters of fluids all day.

The first major formation, where the Bowl of Fire Trail ends, has a couple of easy, slightly scrambly, routes up its backside. I spent a couple of minutes on top, admiring the views, before dropping back down. Casual hikers will want to turn around at this point. I headed off trail. 🗺

I can't really describe the route I took from Bowl of Fire to Northshore Summit, other than to say I tried to find as many beautiful red rocks as I could, while also taking the path of least resistance. I had used satellite view to plan my route, and for the next 1.8 miles, it worked well, and I followed it pretty close. Check out my GPS route.

The most interesting rocks I saw in Bowl of Fire were on the ground: There was one boulder that was covered with dozens of small desert varnished hoodoos. On the saddle where I had lunch, there were a number of delicate hand-sized rocks each covered with numerous overlapping concave surfaces: [ photo ] .

Mile after mile of the area was covered with ½" Aztec sandstone marbles. I thought two of the marbles had copper mineralization, but upon picking them up, I discovered it was lichen. The marbles were not at all slippery, as I found them on flatter, hard-packed sand surfaces, rather than boulders.

Anything that was not Aztec sandstone -- e.g. granite -- is way rougher than it looks, with razor-sharp edges. Take care picking up any rocks: By the end of the day, my hands were covered with scrapes. 🚑

The vegetation in Bowl of Fire was scattered and not at all stabby. Very few cacti. I only saw one plant with flowers, which were too tiny for my pocket camera to get focused photos of.

After a quick snack break, I left the Bowl of Fire after 3.3 miles, commencing 1.9 miles of steep wash crossings as I attempted to find a route to Callville Wash that was both easy and scenic travel. It was a crapshoot if any given gully, as twisty as they all were, led to Callville Wash or not. Thus all the wash crossings, which really wore me out. 😅

Many of the wash crossings, particularly after leaving Bowl of Fire, showed signs of recent flash flooding, such as mud or flow patterns, but no stacked brush.

The ½ mile I was in Callville Wash was SUV-able, with very few rocks and relatively firm sand. Indeed, there were a number of 4-wheel tracks. It was moist in spots, and I even saw a few small puddles.

Where I saw some fenceless metal poles, I left Callville Wash, turning up a very narrow side wash. I had a suspicion it would turn into the west end of Northshore Summit Trail, which it did a ½ mile later. The transition is marked by a cairn.

It is 300 ft. up to the Northshore Summit ridge, but that comes in only 0.4 miles, so it is a good blow. Once on the ridge, Northshore Summit Trail meanders another ⅓ of a mile to a split: Left is down to the trailhead; right to the summit itself. I went right.

Despite being only a 200 ft. prominence, Northshore Summit has some decent views. Through the distant Las Vegas haze, I could see the rapidly descending sun glaring off Lake Mead. Rather than take the "steep" direct route down to the trailhead, I doubled back to the previous split, then headed down. The only two people I saw all day, were 200 yds. ahead of me. 👍

It took my wife & I 90 minutes to drive back on Lake Mead Blvd., past Nellis Air Force Base, to North Las Vegas, where I did my recovery at the Bacon Bar. Pretty much everything at the Bacon Bar has bacon -- even the Bloody Marys! I had bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers and the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger, washed down with Oskar Blues Brewery's Hotbox Coffee Porter and Garage Brewing Company's Marshmallow Milk Stout. All delicious. Oh, and I got an order of Man Candy (maple-glazed bacon) to go. The next day, I had pig coming out of my pores! 🐷

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Feb 10 2018
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 Joined Jan 04 2011
 Las Vegas, NV
Bowl of FireVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2018
autumnstarsTriplogs 1,391
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,232 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
1,232 ft AEG
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Always enjoy hiking in this area. A choose your own adventure type of place. Just hike out to the sandstone and explore wherever you feel like from there.
Nice day out there. Saw 2 people, which is more than normal.
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Jan 01 2018
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73 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Bowl of FireVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
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Steph_and_BlakeTriplogs 184
Hiking1.30 Miles 152 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.56 mph
152 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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 Joined Jan 04 2011
 Las Vegas, NV
Bowl of FireVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
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autumnstarsTriplogs 1,391
Hiking8.82 Miles 1,386 AEG
Hiking8.82 Miles
1,386 ft AEG
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Went for another little exploratory hike in this interesting area.
A deep sandstone canyon caught my eye, so I decided it was the day's goal. Turned out to be a fun canyon with some boulder-hopping and scrambling. The sandstone walls were pockmarked with caves and windows, in all possible combinations of red, orange, and white. My hike ended at a 30+ foot fall with a pool of water in the bedrock below and sheer walls on each side. No way up that!

The bighorns had definitely been coming to the pool to drink, and if you were very quiet and patient, there was a cave to sit where they wouldn't see you until the last second. It was rather warm today, so I enjoyed a snack break in the shade, and then headed back. On the return hike, I saw my second bighorn of the year. Hopefully a good sign for a good bighorn year to come! :D
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Feb 04 2013
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 Joined Jan 04 2011
 Las Vegas, NV
Bowl of FireVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
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autumnstarsTriplogs 1,391
Hiking8.80 Miles 1,417 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles
1,417 ft AEG
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After our weather related bail-out on this hike last weekend, we returned with sunny skies. We saw absolutely no people until returning to the parking area post-hike.
Some spots have use trails one might follow, and other areas are a bit more adventurous with just you and a map. Initially, you start out along a ridge-line from where you can see a mere hint of sandstone. Dropping down into Bitter Spring Valley, you head for a small volcanic knob via a series of gypsum-rich washes. More wash action soon leads around a more major peak and into the Bowl of Fire. This is a place most people could easily wander for hours. Then, down your choice of steep sandstone canyons with boulder jams and bridging over stinky pools. Pretty much a perfect day.
We both loved the area and will be back again soon. Arches, caves, hoodoos, red sandstone, and canyon adventures galore! We selected the canyon less traveled for sure, but that only increased the fun.

Will have to add a good description of this hike/area after I have a few more visits under my belt.
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Jan 27 2013
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Bowl of FireVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2013
autumnstarsTriplogs 1,391
Hiking5.44 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking5.44 Miles
890 ft AEG
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Although the weather was very unsettled, we decided to get some hiking in anyway.
The wind and threatening clouds turned us back sooner than planned, but we ended up with a small taste of what the area has to offer - very interesting geology, resulting in some unusual plant habitat to make me happy. With the weather, there wasn't much out except a raven, who kept an eye on us as we made several poor decisions regarding staying in the wash versus climbing out - never were in danger, though, so it's all an adventure.
On our way back, we found fresh beds where 4 bighorns had spent the night right on the ridge. 8)
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