Saturday, January 11, 2014

Railroad Pass Mountain Loop - 1/11/14

Cascata Waterfall from Trail

Colorful Mother Loop Area

Twenty-eight hikers attended the early Saturday hike today. We drove toward Boulder City from Las Vegas and parked at the Railroad Pass Casino upper parking area. The hike would be a 5 mile loop around the mountains behind the casino on a bike trail. Last time we did this hike, there was not recent evidence of bikers, however, today, it was clear the bikers had found this little gem and many spots on the trail were free of rocks (read "slippery hills").

Cascata Golf Course Driving Range and Clubhouse

Jug Handle Arch on Mountain Ridge

 We climbed up behind the casino, crossed the paved path, crossed the railroad tracks and found the trail that took us half way up the hill. At that point, the trail began circling the hill on a lateral contour. The mountains to our left beckoned but we stayed on the trail and eventually arrived above the Cascata Golf Course driving range and clubhouse. At the end of the driving range, their man made waterfall was flowing from the mountain that we would soon hike.

View of Bootleg Bike Trail Park

Climbing the Last Hill Before Break

 This was a very scenic area that also included a jug handle arch on the mountain ridge. We continued our loop and finally arrived at a saddle where we could see the Las Vegas Strip. This is where we took our break. This is also near where the apex of the Mother Trail is found. After the break, we began our descent around the other side of the group of mountains choosing the wash trail when we arrived at the fork.

Taking a Break at the High Point

View of Las Vegas from High Point

 At the bottom of the wash, we chose a hilly trail then connected with the flat trail that took us through the desert. Many power lines were making up the view. Finally, after climbing slightly back up the side of the mountain, we dropped again down to the casino area. The loop trail gained 900 feet in elevation and took us about 3.5 hours to complete.

Hiking the Back Side of the Loop

Finishing the Loop at the Railroad Pass Casino

MGM sells Nevada casino that predates Hoover Dam
Posted: Sep 05, 2014 5:33 PM PDT Updated: Sep 05, 2014 5:33 PM PDT
By Natalie Cullen, Online Editor

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- MGM Resorts International is selling a Henderson casino that was built before the Hoover Dam and contains a vault that once guarded wages for the project's construction workers.

The casino company announced Friday that it would sell the 83-year-old Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino to Henderson-based First Federal Realty.

The new owners say they plan to keep all current employees.

Railroad Pass is located near Boulder City and opened in 1931 as a casino and dance hall. Its operator received the fourth gambling license in U.S. history to run the casino, and the mayor of Las Vegas granted Railroad Pass permission to operate a single roulette wheel.

MGM and First Federal Realty did not disclose the sale price for the 120-room hotel. The deal is contingent upon regulatory approvals.

9/5/14 Review/Journal

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