|Lake Las Vegas Overlook & Lava Butte|
|Starting Up One of Many Washes|
This hike to a beautiful overlook of Lake Las Vegas, Lake Mead and Las Vegas and the surrounding area was previously called Tombstone Rock. Thirteen hikers went on this hike on a beautiful spring day with a small breeze. There were many varieties of blooming flowers to enjoy.
|Following Power Lines|
We started at the old ranger and then crossed Lakeshore Drive to the wash leading to “Bullet Wash’’ which we then climbed into. We found a few bullets/shells.
|Side Canyon Excursion|
We passed Tombstone Rock and climbed up to an overlook before turning right on an old dirt road. This road took us to the wash with the tall dry fall we would have to climb around. After passing the gypsum wash we would be returning in and going up a rocky wash, we finally reached the very tall dry fall.
|Found in the Side Canyon|
After enjoying the dry fall, we started up the scree on the slope on the right side of the dry fall. We stopped to view and take pictures of a big sheep head hidden previously by the leaders. Chris climbed to the ridge top and found easier walking up there.
At the end of the wash, we came to the mining campsite/”gravesite” area on a small hill to the left. Hikers looked around seeing what was left behind before heading to the snack break area on a nearby peak. This peak has a jug handle arch on the left side and a cairn on top. We climbed the rocky slope and settled in for our snack. Jackie had brought a sign-in container with paper and pen. ABF members then inaugurated the new sign-in register and enjoyed the beautiful views.
|Near the Grave Site|
|At the Grave Site|
|Climbing to Overlook|
We eventually arrived at two long dry falls we had to climb down by lowering ourselves through them. Then, we exited the wash by going up the left bank and climbing to a nearby mesa.The mesa area was a real highlight of the hike. There were many blooming pink beavertail cactus plants in the area. On top, I almost stepped on a tortoise and we took pictures of the patient tortoise.
|Taking a Break|
|Las Vegas View|
|Lake Las Vegas View|
|Down Through a Different Wash|
7 miles; 1400 feet elevation gain; 4.5 hours
|What have you done with your nose?|
|Returning via River Mountains Trail|