Day Hike: Hoover Dam-Bridge Benchmark

  • Feb 1, 2014 · 7:00 AM
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Total Distance: 7-8 miles round trip
Total Elevation Gain: 2,500'
Altitude: 1,100' - 2,400'
Terrain Description: off-trail, class 3/4 scrambling
Approximate Hiking Time: about 6-7 hours

This is a neat peak offering rare backcountry opportunities in the Black Canyon Wilderness. The terrain will be on volcanic rock. Some of the rock will be loose, but most of it will be solid. We will start from the Gold Strike Canyon parking descending Gold Strike canyon, but then taking another drainage toward this peak. The scrambling will be mostly class 2/3 with a section that was class 4 steep/exposed, but solid and protectable. The hike will not be easy. Definitely a good challenge. Nonetheless, very neat terrain and amazing view. I placed a registry there a year ago and thus wanted to visit again. The peak was not named and since I placed the registry next to a benchmark, I called it the Hoover Dam-Bridge Benchmark. There are also a couple other sub-peaks nearby I have yet to visit offering even different views. Everyone might not have the energy for the sub-peaks so we'll divide so one group will explore while the other group will rest. I don't want the other group to continue on their own. The peak is visible in the picture from the Hoover Dam. It is the one in the center distant. The other sub-peaks are to it's left.


Pictures of the last trip can be viewed at:


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I am very tired and annoyed with random non-members signing up for my hikes I don't know who don't communicate with me and/or don't even show up for the hikes after I spent time corresponding.

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  • Penny S.

    This quite the hiking rollcoaster. Down one peak and up another, down a peak, up another......I loved it! The views were spectacular, the group was made up of great individuals, weather could not have been more perfect. It was a "10." Thanks to all for an awesome day!

    February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Chris, I thought more easier hike than we did today. My whole body sore from today's hike, but good sore, thank you for organizing.

    Everyone, I just added my photos on my website, feel free to download some of my photos, the download instruction is atop of the webpage.

    February 1, 2014

  • Chris M.

    Great experience and great views. Even did bonus peaks. Placed a registry naming it Hoover Dam-Bridge Overlook.

    February 1, 2014

  • laszlo h.

    superb in every way!

    February 1, 2014

  • Kevin

    So this benchmark is across the access road from the peak we hit yesterday?

    January 18, 2014

    • Chris M.

      That's too bad. This one would have been very interesting!

      January 29, 2014

    • Kevin

      Agreed. Btw been out to Spooky and Spooky Jr...amazing...

      February 1, 2014

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