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Backpacking! Pinto Valley to Boulder Wash at Lake Mead

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Ahhhh, to enjoy the peace and solitude of a deep cove along the Upper Basin of Lake Mead. This trip will be an excellent introduction for a beginning backpacker, or a relaxing respite for a seasoned backpacker.

On Wednesday morning, we'll meet in the Park & Ride lot at the Fiesta Henderson and take the drive out to Lake Mead. From our parking area along Northshore Road, it's a seven mile, one-way trek across some fairly easy terrain to the lake. If you're familiar with Lake Mead, the cove to which we'll be hiking is the first big cove on your left side as you boat into the Upper Basin.

We'll have plenty of time to hang out by the lake shore, swim and hike in the surrounding area, or just relax. We may even be lucky enough to be visited by a bighorn sheep! At night, we'll have the light of a nearly full moon shining off the lake. Beautiful!

On Thursday morning, we'll take our time with a relaxing breakfast, pack up, and head back to town. I expect us to be back to the Fiesta by mid afternoon.

Distance each way: ~7 miles
Total elevation change: ~500 feet
Pace: 2 out of 5
Difficulty: 3 out of 5 (due to the weight of backpacks)
Danger: 2 out of 5 (we'll be out in the wilderness on our own)
Dogs/Kids: Only if they're really strong hikers.

Bring all your camping needs (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc.), food and water (or a filter for the lake water), a headlamp and/or lantern, toilet needs (spade, TP, camp soap), and a little entertainment for hanging out by the lake (book, frisbee, etc.). Prepare to enjoy the desert shore...

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