Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fortification Hill - 1/23/14

Fortification Hill in Background

Today's Summit View of Dam and Bridge

 It was a breezy chilly day up on Fortification Hill this morning as sixteen hikers climbed up the hill that appears long and slantedly flat behind Lake Mead near Hoover Dam. The approach to the trailhead exits off of Highway 93 at Kingman Wash, turns to the left going under the highway bridge and travels up a dirt road. When you arrive at a pit toilet near the lake, take a sharp turn to your right. The trailhead is at the end of this road. The trail can be taken either up the wash or up the ridge to the left.

Circling the Rock Wall Below the Plateau
 Laszlo sent in these photos with the exception of the first one that is a stock photo of the hill taken by Kay three years ago.

Sixteen Chilly Hikers on the Summit

After reaching the base of the cliffs on the ridge trail, take the trail around the wall to the right. Soon, the trail ends at a place where the hikers scrambled up to the plateau above. This section is a little tricky but nothing they couldn't handle. From the crest of the plateau, follow a trail around to the left until you reach the high point of the hill.

4 miles; 1800 feet elevation gain; 3.5 hours

Descending from the Summit Plateau

Finishing the Hike on the Ridge Trail

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