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Liberty Bell Peak
Lake Mead, Arizona
April 20, 2009

With temperatures on the rise we decided to do a short, late morning hike. It's laughable that Liberty Bell Peak rises a mere 30 m above the trailhead, but the trail drops down 100 m to only 392 m above sea level before rising to 512 m at the peak.

To reach the trailhead we had to drive across the Hoover Dam, an impressive sight to be sure, and cross into Arizona.

The draw on this hike is Liberty Bell Arch, a huge arch reminiscent of Liberty Bell. As well, there are remains of mines long since closed. Past the arch the trail reaches Black Canyon Overlook for the Colorado River. And of course, like most desert peaks, we would see lizards scurrying around and plenty of cactus.

We took our time exploring our surroundings as we made our way to the summit, but coming down we realized we better hoof it back to the car. The temperature reached 36°C and it would undoubtedly get hotter.


The trail starts by turning right and dropping down


Great basin whiptail is noted for its long tail (mouse over for another angle)


Blazing star


Hiking down the trail


This cable car hauled magnesium ore during World War II (mouse over for a closer look)


The trail drops down before the arch


Striking cloud formations hung over Liberty Bell Peak (left)


Liberty Bell Arch comes into view.


Barrel Cactus


I tried to reach the arch but it was too steep and the rock crumbly


Looking back at the arch after we continued on to the Colorado River overlook


The Colorado River from Black Canyon Overlook


The view east: the white speck on the river is a raft (mouse over for a close-up)


Looking toward Hoover Dam we can see the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge under construction (mouse over)


Mount Wilson


Fortification Hill


We left the overlook to climb Liberty Bell Peak


Dinah starts climbing


Almost at the summit


Coming down we can see the trail going to the overlook


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