Fortification Hill is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.