Black Mountain Trail

Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada
Elevation Gain2,674ft
Trailhead Elevation3,056ft
Elevation Min/Max3056/5094ft
Elevation Start/End3056/3056ft

Black Mountain Trail

Black Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Henderson, Nevada. It is within Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 3,056 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,674 feet. The trail ends near the Black Mountain Trail Trailhead Sign information and Black Mountain (elevation 4,823 feet).

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Green Valley, NV
Pathfinder | 75 pts
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This is one steep trail! I admit I'm not a very experienced hiker and I am kinda old, but I was with a teen aged male who said he got really tired! The views, especially near the summit are great and it was a great New Year's Day thing to do. I doubt that there's a better way to view the Vegas Valley!
Boulder City, NV
Explorer | 30 pts
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There are much better hikes wihin 15 miles of this location, and I live in the area and would not consider this hike worth the effort. Follow route 95 south, past Black Mountain area, towards Laughlin, Nv., and about 10 miles south of Railroad Pass Casino, A sign indicating Nelson exit, eastbound. Take the ride. It is about 12 miles to tyhe Colorado River, below the Dam, and hundreds of washes and pull-offs going towards Nelson, and there are many interesting places, businesses and old mines to explore. Actually, Black Mountain sucks, as far as hikes go.
Arden, NV
Explorer | 30 pts
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During my visit I learned that there have been quite a few burglaries near the trail. That, and the fact the trail is in an age-restricted community, plus a large amount of trash being scattered about, has the residents quite upset that the trail access is in their private community. Tread very, very lightly.
Calico Ridge, NV
Adventurer | 350 pts
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There is now a parking area off Shadow Cyn Dr. for the trailhead. This is a fairly steep trail gaining over 2000 feet in about 2 and half miles, espcially towards the summit. That said, the views from the summit, particularly those overlooking the Las Vegas valley, make it all worth the effort.

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Brian Beffort
"The view from Black Mountain, the highest point in the North McCullough Range, is sure to clear up anyone’s chronic claustrophobia. On clear days, you will be able to see Spirit Mountain to the south; deep into Arizona to the east; Mt. Potosi, Red Rock Canyon, and the Spring Mountains to the west; and the Sheep Range, the Muddy Mountains, and the Mormon Mountains to the north—not to mention all of Las Vegas filling the valley at your feet. In 2002, Congress designated the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area and North McCullough Wilderness Area, which forever protect the North McCullough Mountains from the encroachment of sprawl. Vehicle: HC/4WD."

Trail Information

Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area
Nearby City
Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area
Las Vegas BLM
Local Contacts
Mesquite Lake 1:100,000, Sloan USGS
Local Maps