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Nov 24 2014
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Trail 100 (Petroglyph Canyon) - Sloan Cyn NCAVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2014
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Hiking2.75 Miles 446 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles
446 ft AEG
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Nice trip to Sloan Canyon with my sister and niece. They had never been there before, and it is always fun showing someone a new place practically in the backyard.

Hiked up via Petroglyph Canyon and back down on Trail 200 (Cowboy Trail). Petroglyph Canyon was an easy gravel wash as always, while Trail 200 was a little more washed out than I remembered it being.
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Nov 19 2013
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Petroglyph Canyon Loop - Sloan Canyon NCA, NV 
Petroglyph Canyon Loop - Sloan Canyon NCA, NV
 
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2013
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Hiking5.17 Miles 967 AEG
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967 ft AEG
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Good day for a hike in the petroglyphs. It was fairly cloudy, which made for good viewing. Temperatures were pleasant and not a soul to be seen, other than some ravens and a couple of tarantulas. Last time, I noticed that the majority of petroglyphs are oriented so as to be seen while moving up-canyon. So we decided to take Trail 100 up. Good choice - we saw lots of great panels, many I had not noticed before. :D
A little jaunt up, then back, Trail 300, and finally returned on Trail 200.

Short, but enjoyable day. Plenty to explore.

After an adventurous drive that tested the limits of our vehicle's capabilities to reach the trail head, we discovered there is a much easier (albeit temporary) driving route through an un-built subdivision.
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Nov 09 2013
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Sloan Canyon NCA, NV 
Sloan Canyon NCA, NV
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2013
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Hiking18.21 Miles 2,942 AEG
Hiking18.21 Miles
2,942 ft AEG
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Further exploration of some of the trails out at Sloan Canyon NCA. I'll have to take the time to write these trails up - some were quite intriguing and worth hiking.

Started out on 404 (Black Mountain), turned right on 402 (Connector Trail), which is merely a connector to 403 (Streaky Peak Loop). Turned right on 403, and took off on the unmarked, yet now finished, Trail 101 (Black Mtn - Petroglyph Cyn Connector Trail) to the west. This trail mostly skirts along the edge of the subdivisions in the flats. Nothing much to look at, nothing to suggest you are on your way to something amazing. Doesn't appear to see a lot of foot traffic. The washed-out conditions from the last time I was here were completely repaired when the crew completed the trail. The trail eventually dead-ends at a gravel road leading to Petroglyph Canyon.

This trip there was plenty of time to explore the trails around Petroglyph Canyon. After signing in at the information kiosk and noting the 7 vehicles somehow parked there (the parking normally accommodates ~4 :o ), I set off up the main wash. At the first branch, I figured why not go the opposite way we had already been, and set off up Trail 200 (Cowboy Trail). This trail turned out to be a pretty cool trek up the next wash over from Petrogylph Canyon. In and of itself, the trail traverses through some fascinating rock formations, also providing an alternate route to get up into Petroglyph Canyon past all of the dry falls. Trail 200 ended by dropping back into Petrogylph Canyon at the top.

Again, I decided to go a new way, and turned right up the canyon on Trail 300 (Hidden Valley Trail). Shortly, there is a group of wash-side boulders heavily covered with petroglyphs - I took this as a sign to continue :D Trail 300 continues up and along the wash, over a pass through some interesting rock formations, and down to the opposite side of the McCullough Range. After this, I turned around and headed back, with plans to return. Hiked back via the main Petroglyph Canyon - need to come back and spend an entire day just in this section (there are nearly 400 documented panels, so lots to see).

Good day on some new trails. In spite of all the vehicles, I only saw 2 people in Sloan Canyon - the site stewards. Good to know there are people who care enough to help take care of these truly special places.

I must protest the terribly uninspired naming of the trails - the name "Trail #100" hardly gets you excited. The trail names above are partly made up by me, and partly based on the schematic map at the Black Mtn trail head - the NCA's website doesn't include any names or numbers for any of the trails.
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