Lake Mead NRA and Sloan Canyon NCA summit and vista hikes. Nov 21-25, 2021

John Morrow

May 22, 2015
Continuing southward I did my usual stops sampling a selection of regions of Lake Mead National Recreation Area and at Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area not far outside of Vegas.

Nov 21st was on the Northshore. I did a couple short and quick scrambles on an uplifted and tilted ridge: Knife and Slabs Peaks.

Northshore Lake Mead NRA
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Looking back
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Along the ridge crest
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On Knife Peak
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East Ridge descent
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Knife Peak
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Nov 22nd I drove to the Southshore area of Lake Mead, on the Nevada side. As long as riff raff doesn't bother one trying to sleep, there is a nice dispersed camp overlooking the Black Canyon Wilderness, which I used as a trailhead. This road and camp is known as RD 58, Canyon Point. From there my goal was a rim hike overlooking the Colorado River Gorge to a wilderness highpoint.

Weeping Spring Canyon (side canyon of Black)
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Black Canyon Wilderness
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view SE
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Funnest part may have been a random rock art find:

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Nov 23rd I returned to an area I really like for its interesting rock, further south along the Nevada side of the River in a wilderness called Eldorado Wilderness, Eldorado Mountains.

I connected a loop to a well known natural bridge at a spring with a couple interesting peak scrambles.

Trail to Bridge Spring Bridge
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the bridge
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Arch in Eldo Mtns
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summit far away
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CO River valley
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sun has set
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Nelson BM highpoint scramble
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Nov 24th I ventured SW and around to the lesser used Trailhead for the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area known as Hidden Valley. I started late in the day up a highpoint for a late afternoon view.

East toward N. McCullough Mtns
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Hidden Valley far and below
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Good camping at the Trailhead, without riff raff.

Nov 25th was extremely windy with a cold front coming in. I got an early start getting the tent down and moving. Destination, another highpoint and search for any potential rock art. There was a nice panel enroute.

bright early morning
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heading back
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Return to the wash
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All of these hikes were relatively casual, short distance, and not a ton of vertical. Eldorado was likely the longest and most involved yet under 10 miles.

maps available if you like.

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