Black Mountain is a short hike that begins on the west end of the city of Henderson. This non-technical trip suited me as two days earlier, I dislocated my finger on Summerlin Peak. We took the trail route on the NW ridge as outlined on Summitpost.
We followed the trail easily to the top. There was more to see than I expected. Although cactus were blooming, it was the lizards that held our attention. They were scarce on the ascent but appeared ubiquitous when we came down. We enjoyed watching them scurry over rocks and across the trail.
At the catchment reservoir. Black Mountain left.
Passing a Joshua tree
Side-blotched lizard (mouse over for another view)
Henderson in the background
Desert horned lizard (mouse over for another view)
Grade steepens as we near the summit.
On the summit
Sloan NE 1:24,000 Topo (5.7 mi, 5105 ft, 2113 ft)
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