by Patty Sullivan
Recreation Program Coordinator
Boulder City Parks & Recreation Department
Mountains Of Fun
When I was a little girl, we used to hike the mountains around town. Sometimes, the hike would be with a Girl Scout Troop or with my grandfather. Occasionally, if a friend lived on the outskirts of town, we’d just go exploring with our water canteens and picnics. One of our favorite hikes was Radar Mountain.
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|As kids, what we referred to as Radar Mountain, Red Mountain or Black Mountain is officially called the River Mountains. There are now a variety of ways to explore these amazing mountains. You can explore the River Mountains via mountain biking, hiking and new to the mix, a flight line.
According to Trailmaster Brent Thomson, Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park is an extensive network of world class downhill and cross country mountain bike trails. The area has been visited by riders from as far away as Japan and Germany and has been written up in magazines around the world. The International Mountain Bike Association has certified it as one of the XC trails that is an Epic Ride, a title given out only 18 times so far.
Local hiker Peter Huntoon has adopted the River Mountain Hiking Trail as his retirement project. With help, he has restored the trail and it is now ranked as one of the finest preserved CCC trails in all of Nevada. Peter’s helpful hints for a good hike include: Carry at least a quart of water, even in winter. The round trip takes about two and a half hours. Take a lunch, some trail mix or power bars. Sunscreen and a hat are essential because the hike is long enough to earn a sunburn. Good footware is strongly recommended because there are rocky stretches and rough steps. Hiking boots are preferred.
Currently under way is the construction of a flight line which is an aerial trail. Yes, that’s right. You will be able to “fly” down the mountain via a cable and harness system. There are many benefits to this type of system as it has little impact on the mountain and, since it is a fee based operation, it is a way to support the expenses of maintaining the area.
Believe me when I say that you don’t want to miss out on exploring the River Mountains. The view from the mountain top is breathtaking.
For more information about the Boulder City Parks and Recreation Department programs or gift certificates, call 293-9256.
688 Wells Rd #A
Boulder City, Nevada 89005
Phone (702) 294-1392 Fax (702) 294-1392
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