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Historic Railroad Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (8)

This hike has beautiful views of Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and the bridge.


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3.8

Miles

6.2

KM

Point to Point

1,624' 495 m

High

1,450' 442 m

Low

169' 52 m

Up

222' 68 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No bicycles or dogs (other than service dogs) are allowed at Hoover Dam or on the bridge.

Description

This trail passes through five tunnels next to Lake Mead built for the rail line used during the construction of the Hoover Dam (the rails have been removed). The trail continues downward and ends on the top floor of the parking garage at the Hoover Dam.

Another trail junctions with this trail to take visitors to the walkway that crosses the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. The total out-and-back distances are 4 miles if stopping at the fifth tunnel or 7 miles if going to the Dam. Add another 2 miles if you are going up to the bridge.

Flora & Fauna

An abundance of desert flowers in the early spring, February and March. Plants include indigo bush, ground cherry, Mormon tea, cheese bush, rush-milkweed, rabbit brush, desert fir, globe mallow, desert tobacco, desert trumpet, rock nettle, rock daisy, and windmills. There are bats in the tunnels and sometimes big horn sheep climbing the steep terrain.

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Shared By:

John Blackwell

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 8 votes

#4

in Boulder City

#8948

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#4

in Boulder City

#73

in Nevada

#8,948

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The Historic Railroad Trail is open to bicycles and adaptive hiking devices including wheelchairs and handcycles.
Jun 20, 2020 near Boulder…, NV
Lake Mead Overlook.
Oct 25, 2017 near Boulder…, NV
Stabilized natural surface for 2.2 miles through the five tunnels on the Historic Railroad Trail at Lake Mead.
Jun 20, 2020 near Boulder…, NV
Lake Mead, Historic Railroad Trail
Jan 13, 2018 near Boulder…, NV
Tunnel Number Three.
Nov 6, 2015 near Boulder…, NV
Lake Mead Overlook
Nov 12, 2015 near Boulder…, NV

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Jul 6, 2020
Christopher Perez
Kind of stupid. Ends at a storage building. A let down like the rest of Nevada. 4.5mi — 1h 30m
Mar 10, 2020
Michael Messenger
Jan 31, 2020
Candi Skehan
Jun 3, 2018
Vaughn Sinkewiz
Feb 18, 2018
Erin Stob
Jan 13, 2018
Donnie Minnick
Loved the views of Lake Mead and the surrounding landscape! 3.8mi
Jul 30, 2017
Josh Powers
Jun 1, 2017
Kyle Roberts