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Historic Railroad Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.8 mile 6.2 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 169' 52 m
Descent: -222' -68 m
High: 1,624' 495 m
Low: 1,450' 442 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by John Blackwell

This run has beautiful views of Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and the bridge.

John Blackwell

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No bicycles or dogs (other than service dogs) are allowed at Hoover Dam or on the bridge.

Runner Notes

Bicyclist and runners like this trail as it is a flat and scenic route.

Description

This trail passes through five tunnels next to Lake Mead built for the rail line used during the construction of the Hoover Dam (the rails have been removed). The trail continues downward and ends on the top floor of the parking garage at the Hoover Dam.

Another trail junctions with this trail to take visitors to the walkway that crosses the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. The total out-and-back distances are 4 miles if stopping at the fifth tunnel or 7 miles if going to the Dam. Add another 2 miles if you are going up to the bridge.

Flora & Fauna

An abundance of desert flowers in the early spring, February and March. Plants include indigo bush, ground cherry, Mormon tea, cheese bush, rush-milkweed, rabbit brush, desert fir, globe mallow, desert tobacco, desert trumpet, rock nettle, rock daisy, and windmills. There are bats in the tunnels and sometimes big horn sheep climbing the steep terrain.

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  4.3 from 6 votes

#3

in Boulder City

#6107

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#3

in Boulder City

#49

in Nevada

#6,107

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Lake Mead, Historic Railroad Trail
Jan 13, 2018 near Boulder…, NV
Tunnel Number Three.
Nov 6, 2015 near Boulder…, NV
Lake Mead Overlook
Nov 12, 2015 near Boulder…, NV
Looking through tunnel one to the next tunnel.
Nov 22, 2018 near Boulder…, NV
Lake Mead Overlook.
Oct 25, 2017 near Boulder…, NV

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