Boulder City, NV
Just behind the park where we are staying in Boulder City is a mountainous area known as Bootleg Canyon. The area is full of mountain bike and hiking trails. One of the hiking trails is called the River Mountain Trail. This trail was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Over the years the trail fell into disrepair, but Boulder City and partners found funding and have restored it. They now have a paved parking lot at the trailhead and the trail is nicely maintained.
From the trailhead, within a neighborhood area, the trail leads out of town and up a steep, rocky canyon (following a nice trail with switchbacks) to the crest of the ridge at the saddle between Red and Black mountains. From there, maintained trails lead to overlooks on both mountains.
The CCC did a great job constructing this trail. A series of long switchbacks make the steep climb at the end of the canyon fairly easy.
At the top of the switchbacks we turned to the west to hike less than a half mile to the top of the Red Mountain which overlooks the town of Boulder City. The main trail up the canyon is for foot travel only, but this section up the Red Mountain is also designated for mountain biking. There were no bikers out the day we did the hike but it looked to be a very challenging trail, at least in parts.
Once at the summit we had a great view of the town below us.
A zoom of the area in the above photo shows the RV park, with our motorhome under the arrow.
As we came over the crest of Red Mountain, we came across a platform and a covered bench. Turns out this is the starting point for a zip line down the mountain. For $160 you can fly down four separate ziplines that cover just over a mile and a half of the canyon. Since the ride appeared to be closed for the day, we sat on their bench and enjoyed lunch with a great view of the valley below. Skydivers landing at the airfield below us provided some entertainment.
Near the zip line we found the platform pictured below. It looks like a jump off point for a hang glider but we couldn’t find any information about it.
After checking out Red Mountain we headed back down to the saddle area and up the trail to the summit of nearby Black Mountain.
As we descended back down the trail the sun disappeared behind Red Mountain, giving us different views of the rocks around us.
We were not expecting much from this trail, but the River Mountain Trail turned into a great hike. At seven and half miles round trip and some good elevation change, it gives your legs a work-out and the views from the peaks are impressive.