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Liberty Bell Peak
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona
April 20, 2009

With temperatures on the rise, Dinah and I 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.

KML and GPX Tracks

The trail starts by turning right and dropping down

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

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

Dinah stands on Black Canyon Overlook

The Colorado River from the 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

Hoover Dam

Ringbolt Rapids Topo (4.0 mi, 1680 ft, 394 ft)

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