Friday, December 13, 2013

River Mountains Loop Trail

We were able to ride the River Mountains Loop Trail on a recent trip to Las Vegas and really enjoyed it. Some details:

  • We measured about 33 miles (loop) in about 4 hours. We stopped often for pictures and snacks.
  • We went clockwise as advised.
  • We rented at All Mountain Cyclery in Boulder City, just a few blocks off the trail.
  • Maps can be found here.
  • The name of the trail comes from the mountains that you ride around. 13 billion years ago, the mountains were 12 miles to the east, on the other side of the Colorado River.

Views Along the Ride

Upper left: Just starting the ride at Bootleg Canyon Park Trail Head, View Towards Needles
Upper right: View toward Las Vegas
Lower Left: Lake Mead
Lower Right: Lake Mead View Toward Rock Island

Milepost 14.5 and milepost 26.0.
Milepost 14.5Milepost 26.0

Left: Elevation at Bootleg Canyon Trail Head, 2694.0 feet; Right: Podaxis pistallaris – Desert Shaggy Mane along the trail.
Elevation at Bootleg Canyon Trail Head, 2694.0 feetPodaxis pistallaris – Desert Shaggy Mane along the trail.

Left: Mountains That Moved Sign; Right: Trail Outlined on Map
Mountains That Moved SignTrail Outlined on Map

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