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Great trail easy to follow. Met caretakers along the way - incredible people. Hot and open trail.

Great trail - met caretakers along they way. Incredible people!! Very hot and open.

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

hiking
19 days ago

Great morning hike. Beautiful views & close to home

20 days ago

We loved it!

The trail is poorly marked, which makes following it accurately a challenge, especially at night. Also, a bit close to civilization for me. I enjoy a trail where sirens and cars driving by cannot be heard. On the plus side, it's quick to get to, and isn't too long. The view isn't half bad either.

off road driving
1 month ago

Good fast trail for dirtbikes. Go South to North and you can cool off at the Loves gas station outside Vegas.
Made a video riding this trail yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FECyOivluQ&t=2s

hiking
1 month ago

Took my 4 year old behind the waterfall it's Beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Pets not recommended unless they've spent plenty of time walking in shoes already. Definitely make sure they are a good fit too! We've gone out with our dog, but turned back because his shoes kept coming off. Lava rock is not ok on bare dog paws, its sharp and gets hot. Set your dog up to have a good time outside.

If its windy in Idaho Falls, its windy A.F. out here.

The scene out here is pretty awesome if you haven't grown up here and haven't seen lava fields before.

off road driving
1 month ago

Calico is full of trails, so I think I missed a couple of miles of this trail, but super easy. I’m in a stock Jeep and made it through with ease.

Take plenty of water. The lava rocks reflect a lot of heat and you will need it. I would never take my dog out there!!! Rough trail and sharp rocks. Always pack a flashlight just in case and understand that it is impossible to follow the poles in the dark and the trail is not like a dirt trail that's easy to follow. I did a search and rescue mission out there. It's real easy to twist an ankle and get lost. That's my 2 cents.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very hot and unshaded hike, though not overly strenuous in other aspects. Pay careful attention to the few trail markers as to not wind up off course. The section with petroglyphs is rather short, but fascinating. The ranger at the trail head was very helpful.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike and the last half mile to the top is difficult and steep.
FYI.... the exact distance from the parking lot to the top is 4.55 miles one way.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike for a view of the city below. Only saw 3 other people on the entire trail. Perhaps it was because we went at the hottest part of the day. (Not the smartest idea.) Easy hike along the rim.

off road driving
2 months ago

Only went 17 miles in. My motorcycle has a small tank and I didn’t start with a full one. Will definitely come back and do the whole trail in couple of weeks.
Terrain was nice, not crazy challenging (at least the first half).
Must pack enough water if in a bike. It’s still a good workout!

on Black Mountain Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail with a cool 360 view at the end. The grade is really pleasant for most of the hike and the steep grade towards the end is rocky, giving it a technical element (thus making it less grueling).
Definitely a great hike other than it being a pretty busy trail (saw about 8 other groups on a Sunday). In the summer you should definitely leave early to skip the midday/afternoon heat.

if you bring a dog you are only allowed to do trail 101 witch is VERY poorly marked (if even marked I didn’t even see anything out there). I talked to the ranger when I got back in you must walk approximately 100 feet down path 100 (which clearly says no dogs) before you see the break off to path 101. I wasn’t able to do the hike after talking to the ranger due to heat.

It was a great slot canyon. If you follow the would be trail passes the slots you have to do some bouldering to get past 1 mile marker. Saw a family of burros and lots of playful birds

scenic driving
3 months ago

The camp ground 1/2 i. is very nice. Rest rooms with no water. I think 6 spots or so. Elevation around 6500’ so nights in May are low 50s. Gorgeous trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun! Did this hike this early this morning (4:30 a.m.) to catch the sunrise at the peak. Like others have said, the last 1/2 mile is killer.

hiking
3 months ago

Being able to go behind the waterfall was awesome! It was a cool place to take pictures and not too hard to get to. You have 2 options on how to get to the waterfall, at the end of the decline where you can initially see the waterfall has a trail down to it, or you can go all the way down the road on climb up the hill to the waterfall! Very pretty and will come back soon!

The Black Mountain Trail is the perfect combination of mild to somewhat extreme, and I recommend taking a previous commenters suggestion and do the hike in moderate temperatures. It's not difficult, but the last half-mile to mile section gets to be a bit of a rocky climb. The trail makes for great desert scape/ wildlife observation. It's a peaceful hike, but once at the top you get bombarded by flying bugs. There's a white flag at just passed mid-way, and an American flag at the top next to a rock fort with a sign in canister. It takes about 2 hrs to get up with a moderate pace and breaks and about an hour and a half down at the same pace. The views at the top are definitely worth the work, and you can see the entire valley including Boulder City and part of Lake Mead. I would do it again and recommend it to others.

Super fun, lots of extra spots to explore along the trail and brought a five year old along! She thought it was fun and moderately difficult.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s a nice hike and decent workout, but somewhat bland scenery. The patterns of the lava flow are interesting, but create a rugged terrain.
I wouldn’t recommend it for dogs, there’s several sharp rocks and small cacti hidden between them. A few families were there with small children (under 10yrs) who seemed to be struggling because of the large crevasses and loose uphill rocks.

Cool hike but do not take dogs onto any volcanic rock lightly. People only! Dogs will need booties. Also, it can get windy out here, windy enough that any hats need to be physically strapped on and jackets need to be zipped or they can catch gusts that will knock you off your feet.

trail running
3 months ago

Grapevine offers some great views! I also enjoy it for the fact that it’s a gateway to a lot of other trails, for example; Brackens loop, Dino cliffs, sand mountain trail and more! It is more of just a dirt road rather than a trail. Great for running, mountain biking or hiking. I often see people on horse back as well. Easy family friendly hike.

it gets pretty steep so hiking shoes are a must

This was a pretty fun trail many options available. Be sure gps is working

We walked late so it was already hot at 2pm.. the dry waterfalls leading to the petroglyphs are quite challenging for hikers with kids. Nice experience still

trail running
4 months ago

Trail was well marked. The water fall area was beautiful and the petroglyphs were cool. The majority of the trail is through a sandy wash. Unless you enjoy hiking / running in sand and scree, I would avoid this trail.
The park closes at 4:30. Plan according.

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