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Old October 27th, 2011, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default River Mountains Loop Trail, Las Vegas, Nevada

Opened recently. This is a relatively new loop path of 35 miles of rolling pathway near Henderson & Boulder cities, in Nevada. Perhaps a road trip is in order.

River Mountains Web Site

Another site describing the trail: National Rec Trails

and, a FaceBook Page.

Found some video of a group that skated it this past month. Has anyone skated from the skate log skated this trail? Looking at Map My Ride info, there appears a few good descents, which leads me to believe the trial ought to be skated in a clockwise direction.



Fall and Spring are best for optimal weather. Seems like a good excuse to road trip to Vegas! We're planning to stop in after racing Silver Strand in San Diego next month - will update then.
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 03:54 PM   #2
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Hope you like adrenline rushes and screaming stuff like "Wow, this is rad!" on the descents like this pic I found on their FB page implies. Yes, please do a report if you skate it.

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Old November 2nd, 2011, 06:41 PM   #3
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Thx Jim, Good pic! Spent some time looking at topo/elevations/climbs. Yes, saw that cardio-kickin' hill pic, then decided the best plan of attack is skating the path clock-wise to avoid 40mph downhill descents. But, it's gonna be a wind-sucking climb no doubt.

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Old November 16th, 2011, 07:51 PM   #4
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Default river mountain trail report.

We started at Railroad Pass Casino, near milepost 0. BTW- no facilities, no water, there is not much out there, not even porta pots, so plan accordingly to pack in / pack out. Near mile 3-4 at Henderson there is an trail connection that has restrooms. Past that point there are no facilities, nothing until the Boulder Beach Campground/Ranger station(mile 22-23). Headed westbound toward Henderson, then Lake Mead then with plans back thru Boulder City then onto Railroad pass.

We got a late start, and knew we were going to be fighting daylight. Temps were around mid 60's. Initally, there were lots of long descends, followed by long gradual climbs, those were okay and we kept a decent pace. Then at mile 7 came the first downhill - pretty sure I left a lot of urathane there. Looking back I would chose my fitness skates over speedskates -hate chewing up wheels. From that point on it was all steeper climbs/decends, and far too many blind downhill corners. Those sections slowed us down, climbs were steep and on descends I was not comfy letting go where I could not see ahead. Whomever designed the path did not have skaters in mind at all. Even on a bike I'd be hardpressed to navigate some of those downhill corners. We made it around to Lake Mead, which offered up nice panaramic views from our high perch on the trail. Continued on as the sun continued to drop. All was good til' we realized we were not gonna get thru the entire 35 mile loop by sundown.... Did I mention there is litterally NOTHING out there, just a lot of beautiful desert and hungy coyotes! When a nearby pack started moving our direction, yippin' & crying' too close for comfort, I decided it was time to bail. By then, the sun was already over the mtns, what little daylight was left was taking the warmth of the sun with it. Skating another + 800' vertical and unknown hills was still to come, and trying to skate hills in pitch black desert trail at night just says suicidal. I'm not suicidal, I like life and skating, and plan to stay alive and well! But, you have to know when to call it, we needed an earlier start, and were pushing our time against daylight.

All in all there were some nice sections, followed by a lot of screamin' fast hair-raising sections of downhill, but nice veiws of the lake, and nature still made for a nice adventure. But, glad we got out when we did as desert temps can drop quickly. With no sun left, we stopped by Boulder Beach and reviewed our options to get back to the car, which was get a cab or walk/skate the highways in the dark - neither were too promising. Luckily, we caught a ride with a couple of cyclists who arrived a few minutes after we got into the ranger station/camp ground area.

Overall, I'd say unless your a fan of fast downhills where your only option to bail out consists of rocks & cactus, then this trail is not for you. It is not an easy trail by any means. We recently skated the hills of a2a, and the river mtn trail hills make a2a hills feel easy by comparison. Mostly cuz' skating a2a you have wide road, with lesser inclines, and full veiw of what's ahead. So, I will leave you with this: start early, venture ahead with caution, take adequate water/foods, and pee before you start out.

Photos on Facebook link. River Mountain trail.

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Old November 28th, 2011, 05:02 PM   #5
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Thank you for this post. I really want to get my bike out there.
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I'm planning a trip to Vegas for a conference and I'd really like to give the River Mountains Loop a try, but it doesn't look like a place to strike out on your own. I can go on Sat/Sun June 28th or 29th, Saturday July 5th.

By the looks of the pictures, going with a bike that can act as a brake would be really handy, because there's just no way I can fly down those plunging twisters. Doing the whole thing would be cool, but I'm open to just starting at Boulder Beach and going counter clockwise for 10 or 12 miles on the part that is not quite as crazy.

If anyone wants to skate it, or be the bike/brake, let me know.
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