Fortification Hill

HARD 21 reviews

Fortification Hill is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Willow Beach, Arizona that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1394 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

scramble

no shade

This is a little-known trail that climbs to the summit of Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano gone mesa, which overlooks Lake Mead and the Hoover Damn. Most of the trail is fairly easy, although there is a stretch of about 20 feet up the Basalt headwall that offers some slightly unstable hiking. To make matters worse, there seems to be a wind funnel right at this junction. A walking stick would be highly recommended. 4 miles round-trip.

hiking
30 days ago

Great hike! Use the trail map to make sure you find the place to climb up the steep part to get to the top of the mesa... pretty easy in that one spot... recommend taking the secondary wash trail on the way back down... easier to descend through the loose rock

1 month ago

Got lost the first time coming here and ended up scaling the mountain but second time we came prepared and knew you had to keep going up after the first scramble. Love this hike and the views at the top are so worth it. It gets really windy for a majority of the hike. There's a nice surprise at the summit where you find a flag and a box with some supplies and a notebook.

trail running
3 months ago

Ran from my campsite in kingman wash to the top and it’s a little over 9 miles if anyway wants to do it that way. But the hike is incredibly beautiful the whole time. It was windy like the description said but my dog and I welcomed that gladly. There is one sketchy spot where you have to climb up some boulders but my dog did it fine(he’s used to it). Just be careful

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great peak to bag when you are in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The ascent is steep and there is a little bit of Class 3 rock climbing at the very top of the plateau. Not ideal for those with a fear of heights. Don’t bring your dog unless your pet is athletic and confident hopping boulders.

hiking
11 months ago

Really good and fairly challenging hike. Great time. Trail gets a little loose but it is well worth it.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

The view makes the uphill worth it! We took the ridge going up and wash down but thinking it may have been easier doing it the other way around.

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

Awesome hike which starts with a heavy slope the moment you step off. Last two pitches qualify as Class-3 climbs and a bit more if you shoulder two shepherds up the face to the summit...I did. Total time was 2:20hr and we finished the hike by cooling off in Lake Mead after the hike.

hiking
Friday, April 13, 2012

This is a fun hike to one of the biggest little-known landmarks in the Boulder City Area. You need to take the Kingman Wash Access Road, which is the dirt road that you'll find at the first exit past Hoover Dam. Follow the dirt road until it comes to the boat launch area. You'll find some port-a-potties here. Make a right. The dirt road narrows and becomes a little rougher. I would recommend a vehicle with some ground clearance, although I have seen people driving on the road with sedans.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012