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Black Mountain Trail #404

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 4.4 (16) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

One of the toughest climbs and best views in Las Vegas.


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5.9

Miles

9.5

KM

Out and Back

4,963' 1,513 m

High

3,086' 941 m

Low

1,879' 573 m

Up

1,879' 573 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

A popular out and back hike to the summit of Black Mountain with a leg-burning climb and breathtaking views.

Description

The 404 trail is most commonly taken as an up-and-down route, starting at the Shadow Canyon Access Point and ascending the full height of the mountain before reversing course back down. However, the 404 trail itself doesn't start until nearly 3/4 mile down Anthem East, behind the detention basin at the southern end of the Anthem East trail. To get to the start of the trail, head past the shed next to the detention basin and take the short singletrack trail leading around to the back of the detention basin, then look for the sign marking the trail.

Once on the trail, it starts out very hikeable and will get progressively steeper with a lot of switchbacks until you get near the top, at which point climbing up and over rocks will be required to reach the ultimate peak.

The lower sections of the trail are typical of the desert, with some rock obstacles that aren't overly challenging (but still demand your attention), while the upper sections can be very difficult at times. Once at the top of the mountain, care must be taken coming back down as it's easy to slip and fall on the steeper sections at the top.

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Rob Erekson

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  4.4 from 16 votes

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Looking at Black Mountain Peak.
Dec 1, 2016 near Henderson, NV
Striking a pose from the top of Black Mountain.
Jun 14, 2017 near Henderson, NV

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Apr 10, 2020
L Schmoobz
Easy hike until the last 1/4 mile which I would call moderate. Not exactly a scramble as others have described— still a very clearly marked trail. 6.9mi — 2h 00m
Apr 4, 2020
Csilla Kittlinger
Mar 31, 2020
Lindsey Triana
May 21, 2019
Glen Brackett
Started just after 6am. Awesome hike, the views are well worth the effort back at the trailhead by noon. — 6h 00m
May 18, 2019
Brian Rishel
5.9mi
Mar 24, 2019
Jessica Goette
Feb 27, 2019
Jason Townsend
Feb 16, 2019
Alexander Goya