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Black Mountain Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Henderson, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,063 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

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

hiking
4 days ago

There is little to no cover on this hike save for a few huge rock piles so dress appropriately for sun and wind exposure as well as cold from October to January. Carry 1 to 3 liters of water depending on temps and individual physical needs. The hike starts off at the Shadow Canyon Trailhead in Anthem. Follow the paved East Anthem tail to a little (approximately 5X8) roofless cinder block structure. This is the beginning of the 404 (Black Mountain) trail. Follow along the side of a (usually dry) retention pond and turn left along the rear pour over: keep your eyes open for a small wooden sign that reads “Back Mountain Trail”. The 404 trail is clearly marked and easy to follow for most of the way until the top. The first 3/5th of the hike has a nice steady incline that increases with switch backs in the next 1/5th then get ready to do a little scrambling in the last 1/5th. Once at the top, you are rewarded with an amazing 360° view from Arizona to Utah with the Vegas Strip in clear view. This hike is popular with night hikers because of the intense grandeur of the Las Vegas city lights. With all the previous rain, there is a lot more growth to enjoy… BUT be careful: The cholla cactus has grown into parts of the trail and you could get stabbed (like me). The hike was super windy and pretty chilly this time of year, so layer up if you tend to get cold. Lizards and a few bugs were braving the fall environment.

hiking
8 days ago

brother and I hiked this last February and put a new flag up. hopefully it's still in tact! if not, someone please comment on this so it can be replaced. great trail. did in early morning. gorgeous views. it's pretty easy going until u get closer to the top, steep trail. very fun and worth the hike to the top!

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rocky
10 days ago

Great workout! Bring water.

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11 days ago

Don’t get me wrong it’s a unique hike but what goes through y’alls minds to come here instead of Red Rock. This hike was a joke compared to the 18.5 mile hike to Charleston Peak. And when talking how easy is the trail I would say an easy class 1 trail for the whole hike. Honestly just a sad little mountain.

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rocky
21 days ago

Love this trail! Will come back and finish another day! Great view of the city lights!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun hike. We statred just after 1730 on a Thursday. Trail was not crowded at all! The first .5 miles of the trail a easy to moderate. Be sure to watch the map as there are other trails you can end up on it. Mostly paved then dirt access road. Once past the small building keep to your left. Trail will then get a little rocky and start to climb ( elevation gain). Lots of stone/ rocks and areas for snakes to hide. If you go in the summer make sure to start earliy or when the sun starts to hide. Bring lots of water at min 2 liters. Be carefull of monsoon season as it can get slippery with rain on this trail. I didn't get to finish the trail due to a storm, but I will be back. This trail offers great city view of the strip. Great trail for dogs if animals are trained to be aware of rattlers! Have fun and ps no shade on this trail and minimal places to pee lol! See you on the Trail - Dahlia https://www.instagram.com/pajaritoinparadise/

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rocky
1 month ago

Pretty easy except for last .5 mi near peak. I’d like to have caught whoever hung the flag upside down (which I fixed).

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails in Henderson, my very own backyard. The summit view is something spectacular a total 360 of everything that just doesn’t translate in a photo. (The best views never do.) It makes the last 1/2 mile totally worth the ass-kicking it serves up. And boy does it serve up a hot steamy dish of leg day. Ranked hard for a reason, even though you’ll question it most of the way up, it will come.

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2 months ago

Good local hike (Henderson). The first 2/3 is pretty easy with a steady climb. The last 1/3 gets rocky and there's some scrambling. Great views at the top. There's a cool little wind shelter that's built and a flag. I started at 6am July 28th and had the shade of the mountain most of the way up. Full sun on my back all the way down.

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rocky
3 months ago

decent hike if you are in Henderson

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4 months ago

My son & I tried this hike about six weeks ago but the final climb at the end triggered his asthma. We returned again last Sunday and conquered it. The first 75% of the hike is mild to moderate, but the final 25% will kick your ass. Pick this trail to replace your “leg day” workout. Overall, lots of fun. No shade so pack sunscreen and lots of water.

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent trail easy to follow until the last 1/2 mile. I usually use trekking poles but didn’t need them for this hike. Expect full sun exposure plan accordingly.

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rocky
4 months ago

Great trail for a local romp, & a great view. Steep class 1 at the end. Pretty cruiser most the way. Colorado class 2 I guess!? Well worn n obvious. 5/31

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

I must admit that my overwhelming anxiety cannot allow me to rate this higher. This is the hike where I not only heard a rattlesnake, but saw it within 3 ft of me on the trail. Outside of that, the first three quarters of a mile is not much to talk about, but the rest of the hike is pretty nice. I cannot imagine doing this in the summer heat, as we had major cloud cover and it was beautiful. We were not the only ones to see a rattlesnake, so I would definitely be aware and keep that in mind. The last stretch is intense, and the trail is longer than the stated 6.8 miles. We were not able to get to the top, as the sun was setting, and as mention numerous times before, my fear had taken over at that point. We were short about two tenths of a mile. Great views, and the condition of the trail is nice.

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4 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

Great trail. Hiked up and ran down. The climb down from the peak was a bit tricky bc of the loose gravel and rock so watch every step. Saw a tortoise which was amazing. Make sure to bring at least 3 L of water I brought 2 and ran out.

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4 months ago

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