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Lava Butte

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Best Views of Lake Mead & Lake Las Vegas
Near:North Las Vegas, NV
Distance:2 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1000 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Trail Condition:Poorly maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: Start hiking East towards the saddle. When you get to the saddle head South towards the peak. You are scrambling up and over Lava Rock. When you get to the top you will find a cairn with a sign in book. The views are breathtaking for 360*. Looking WestNorthWest is Frenchman Mountain. Also the views of Lake Mead & Lake Las Vegas are great. I have done this 3 or 4 times now.
Trailhead: From the intersection of Lake Mead Blvd & Nellis Blvd, follow Lake Mead 8.9 miles & turn right on a gravel road across from a sign that reads "Lake Mead Remediation Area". Drive 0.8 miles & take the left fork for 1.5 miles & make another left. Drive 1.7 miles & make a right that heads for the tall mountain (Lava Butte). Drive 1.2 miles make another left and drive 3.0 miles & park at the Electric Tower. The tower has a yellow sticker on it with the numbers 292-4 which you can see when you park. That is the tower I parked at. They are building a lot of new towers so the road is very well packed. This Mountain sits by itself out their and you will see lots of lava rock. (Lat:36.14788 Lon:-114.93743)
Trail Guides for Lava Butte:
Hiking Southern Nevada
by Branch Whitney ()

Hiking Southern Nevada
by Branch Whitney ()

Hiking Southern Nevada
by Branch Whitney ()

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Bureau of Land Management
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by David Briggs, who has posted  5 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Dino on 11/14/2011
Very nice steep hike. Currently high clearance vehicles are needed as the road has been washed out at spots. Caution coming back down as it is very slippery

Reviewed by Viewer on 12/24/2009
Nice hike that gives you a feeling of accomplishment once on top. I approached it from the NE for a gentler way up to the ridge. Various ways to get down.

Reviewed by Norm on 12/31/2006
I hiked this today (12/31/06) and it is a great scrambling hike as David says. The views from the summit are simply stunning. I look forward to doing this again sometime. I highly recommend this hike! Definitely do when it's cool. The directions here are spot on.

Reviewed by David Briggs on 6/14/2006
This is the same hike with the name Great Scrambling Route. I was trying to edit the name and it just put it in as a new hike. Sorry. It is a great hike and not really that hard. Not a summer hike as it's way to HOT out their.

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