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1 day ago

Loved this trail. Great views. Kids loved it too...

Worth the view! Highly recommend

12 days ago

Great hike. It was challenging and long but with rewarding views at the top. The trail itself was not too bad. Feel free to look at my picture I took here.

beautiful hike and great workout

It’s so fun to get to Charleston! And then take south loop down. Have two vehicles. One for north loop trailhead and one at cathedral!! Make sure to take a local beer for a summit beer.

18 days ago

Amazing view at top of mountain. Easy path to follow. We had a hard time at first finding the trail, but didn’t let it get to us. Interactive map worked great to follow.

20 days ago

My wife and I climbed this four days ago and really enjoyed it. Last year at this time we climbed to the saddle and turned right to Black mountain for a lunch and great views of the lake and LV. Four days ago we climbed again to the saddle and then left up the steep switchback to Red mountain where the mountain bikers and zip line starts. Lunch was entertaining as we watched some bikers learning the steep start to the trails. Waited patiently half way up as a 2 ft rattlesnake moved off his warm rock in the middle of the path. Very nice hike with views, will do it again for exercise. Mostly a smooth path.

25 days ago


Thanks to whom ever did that!

For a more detailed review, see my review 29 days ago.
This is the third time I have been up this trail in 29 days and it is worth the strenuous (last part of the trail) hike.

On one of my hikes to Black Mountain, I used my Asolo boots to see how they would work on this trail and the stiffness began to give me friction issues so I had to slow down. While I had planned enough time for the hike, the friction issues took my hike into the night.

I had always taken a head lamp with me along with the 10 essentials (maps, compass [even though I use GPS], sun protection, extra food and water, protective clothing, matches, fire starting materials, a knife and first aid kit). I often questioned the need for some of the ten but that day my dedication to the ten paid off, for real.

Not only did I need my head lamp, it got cold and windy so I used my rain jacket as a wind breaker (rain is not always an issue in the dessert but the rain layer is intended to serve multiple uses).

I was never afraid during this unexpected night hike, but I began to get disorientated and thought I might need to stop and camp; I had an emergency bivy for extra warmth if I needed it.

I began to wonder why it was so hard to see the trail (it was only after doing some post hike research I found out that warm light would have been better for my situation for better color contrast. Part of this trail gets faint and hard to see at points; the cool white light washes out the faint contrast between the trail and surrounding gravel. From my research, the only warm light head lamp I found was from Zebra light).

I soon heard some voices ahead but I was still a good distance from the trailhead and was wondering what that was all about… soon, I saw lights bobbing up a head: must have been 5 or 6. When then lights got closer, I saw that the lights were on trail runners… trail running at night. About three groups of them passed me; all in all there must have been 15 of them. Cool!

After they left me, I was still having some difficulty orienting myself. Suddenly, it was like someone turned on a night light: moonrise; and it was a full moon! I turned down my headlamp and, once my eyes adjusted, I could better see the trail.

Morel of the story: always carry the ten basics.

Fun. Long. Not as hard as Griffith peak.. but longer distance.

1 month ago

From open desert to bird calls echoing through a pine forest - that's four stars right there. But 70 degrees at the trail head and 70 degrees at the cabin (if the thermometer at the cabin is to be believed), that kind of dumb luck is always worth an extra star. My GPS had it at 5.3 miles to the cabin and another 0.2 to the spring up the hill. It should be noted that the trail definitely levels out somewhat when you get into the Ponderosa pines after four miles, so the last 1.3 miles to the cabin is just a walk in the woods. I planned six hours for the hike - 3.5 up and 2.5 back - which was just about right. I needed every bit of the three liters of water that I carried, although the spring was running nicely. You just can't count on that. It was 50 minutes from US 95 to the trail head with high clearance 4WD. And just for kicks, the sun was setting that last mile down to the trail head - 6 stars?

The end left me wondering why that was the end. At the halfway point there is a spur up the little hill which might end with more satisfaction

trail running
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike! The trail is a little tough to follow at the start, but then once you’re headed up it’s very easy to follow. Great view from the top of vegas and the lake (and if you look hard you can even see Hoover Dam! Only wish it was a loop instead of an out and back.

1 month ago

Trail BLM404 (Black Mountain) is an easy hike most of the way until the last ½ mile when you might have to engage in some scrambling (class 2). Because of the distance and last segment of the hike, it is considered strenuous by most accounts; it kicked my butt pretty good

You access the trail via the Shadow Canyon Trailhead and follow a paved portion of the Anthem East Trail. There is a reservoir and you want to keep right of it (SE). You know you are on the right track if you pass by a small brick structure with a trail sign on it: find BLM404: this is the trail to Black Mountain. Follow along the top of the spillway till you see a sign that reads “Black Mountain Trail”. The trail itself is well marked from there and soon follows a ridgeline to the top.

Warm weather hiking is difficult due to the lack of shade so bring plenty of water (3 liters when hot, 2-1 liters when cool). While the landscape is stark in the beginning, there are breathtaking views of the valleys below as you hike along a ridge line with some switch backs.

As you get to higher elevations, there are small windswept Joshua Trees and about three types of Barrel Cactus. As you approach 1/3 of a mile from the peak, there are nice clusters of Teddy Bear Cholla… but be careful: these cacti are painful to brush by and often have little clusters that have fallen off the mother plant scattered about.

You will know when you are getting close to the peak as the trail gets steeper and more rugged with loose rocks and a steeper assent. You might want to have your hands free to steady yourself at that point. I was so focused on the trail; I was stunned by the abrupt appearance of a nicely made 9 foot diameter rock wall build around the benchmark medallion when I reached the peak. The wall had an opening, was about 3 feet high and gave great protection against any wind.

I found three benchmark medallions from the US Coast & Geodetic Survey at the peak.

The view was amazing from the top and totally worth the hike!

Nice trail for moderately and well fit hikers. Some of the markings are hard to follow in lower sections but once on trail it’s easy to follow. Nice views of LV and the lake.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike just start early it gets hot. Make sure to take lots of water and sunscreen. The top is the hard part other then that it’s mostly switch backs which aren’t too bad.

Touch climb, but if you can stay determined and reach the top, you'll be grateful that you did. Gorgeous views and photo opportunities.

Not the best but not horrible. Be prepared for a mile long climb along a narrow, rocky path. The views are good but fairly fixed. Be on the lookout for the trail’s only marker which is located about 250 yards from the parking lot. Miss this and you will be headed out on White Rock Loop.

A bit challenging for starters but the views is worth the effort.

Started down this trail on 9/16/2018 for about 30 minutes and was hard.

Hiked in late August 2018, connecting the North and South loops to make it a proper loop and get more scenery (GPS track said 18.2 miles total). Connecting North and South requires walking about a mile through town at the end, but I think very worth it (didn't find an AllTrails page just for that exact route, but started with the North trail described here). Started ~7am, took 9 hours total / ~2mph. Under 30, relatively fit but no elite athlete, found the elevation more challenging than the distance coming from sea level. Carried 3L of water, could have use a little bit more.

Views are stunning, and having connected the two loops I'd circled the entire canyon by the end of it. Highly recommend.

This is a very grueling trail. Not super long, but if you are not in shape, you will be hurting.

Did this trail "on accident" yesterday (was heading for the falls whose trailhead is on the other end of the parking lot). Strenuous 2 mile all-uphill climb rewarded by amazing views, ending per se at a junction for those not too exhausted to continue on to the Cave Spring or North Loop trails!

2 hours to the junction with Mt Griffin than 2 hours to the summit. I started with blue sky and on the way back the ice rain hits me. It lasted for 90 minutes. So my way down was very fast. I complete the track in 6 hours and 30 minutes.
I had a small headache due to the altitude. Easy trail to follow, just walking.

Challenging trail close to Henderson and very easy to follow to the top. Apple Watch clocked me around 1 hour 30 minutes each way, 17,000+ steps total, 174 flights climbed total and from shadow canyon parking lot 3.6 miles each way. Therefore 7.2 miles round trip. Plan for 3 to 4 hours to complete this one.

Absolutely fantastic hike. I wanted to do this last time I was in Vegas but didn't get a chance -- I did this time. The hike states it's 16 miles out and back and using AllTrails record I logged 9 out and 9 back. My overall move time was just over 7 hours, but I did pause and spent 30 minutes at the summit, and 20 minutes watching an awesome sunset on the north side of the trial.

Just as you'll see from the chart the hike start of with a decent incline from the get-go, tapers off for a couple miles then you hit the switchbacks which kick your butt. It wasn't until I hit over 11,000' I started to feel the altitude kicking in, but it certainly did. I started to get mild leg cramps, sausage fingers, etc. I paused for a couple minutes and hydrated, they proceeded to the top. The hardest part in my mind was the heading down. The switchbacks weren't too bad, but the last 5 miles just never ended.

I got a late start and left the parking lot at exactly 1:00 PM, I didn't get back to the car until 9:00 PM, so 8 hours in total. Once that sun went down, it got pretty dark out on the trail and the last 4 miles was a stealth mission using a headlamp.

Fortunately, the trail is very well defined and easy to navigate. That said, at about the 5-mile marker coming down there are a couple spots you can stray off course and end up at a steep drop-off.

I'm a pretty active guy and doing something exercise wise almost daily. One thing for sure is that this trail kicked my as5. Likely more to do with the altitude than distance, but still did nevertheless.

Awesome trail, highly recommend if you get the opportunity to. The parking lots get full quickly at the bottom --though interestingly enough I saw literally no one on the north trail after the first mile.

Awesome hike & views, harder than I expected. The last mile or so feels like forever. Well worth it, glad I did it. Bring plenty of water 3-4 liters, bring a windbreaker or something for the wind at the top. I lucked out with amazing weather, which helped

3 months ago

Good workout. Steep 2.2 miles up then back. You might see some elks. Beautiful views on top at the intersection with the North Loop. Quiet.

It is definitely a good cardio workout but it's absolutely stunning all the way up!

3 months ago

I haven't done this in a couple of years.... Went last week after work and it was great. Lots of uphill.. Good people on the trail. It was tough but I went again this week and seemed much easier so I think I paced myself better. Like I said, lots of uphill!

When you get to the trail point you can go left to cave cove or go right (go right) On the right just up the hill are some beautiful top of mountain views! The cave cove is a more exercise uphill hike with not too much to see. When you get to the hollowed out tree with water you've arrived. It's up right above that.

This hike up and down isnt too long but both weeks left my legs sore and my abs tight!

Moderately difficult hike with some scrambling near the peak . great views of LV from the top.

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