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Black Butte Road Alternate
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Black Butte Road Alternate
Black Butte Road at Black Butte Alternative Road (view SW)

Overview

Black Butte Road Alternate is a 1.1-mile side road off Black Butte Road that runs parallel to Black Butte Road and shares the same grand scenery. This road bypasses the Falling Man Trailhead, but it is not a better alternative to the main Black Butte Road.

Link to road map or regional road map.

Black Butte Road Alternate
Black Butte Alternative Road (view SW)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this road is fairly safe, but it is out in a wild and remote area without services of any kind (no restrooms, no water, no gas, no food). Bring what you need to survive. Be prepared and be self-reliant. Someone will find you eventually if you stay on a main road, but be prepared to survive alone for a day or more on side roads. Cell phones may work in the area.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, this is a remote area, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials.

Black Butte Road Alternate

Getting to the Road

Black Butte Road Alternate is located out in Gold Butte National Monument northeast of Lake Mead, about 2 hours northeast of Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas, drive out to Gold Butte National Monument. Drive south on the paved Gold Butte Road for 19.7 miles to an unmarked intersection with Black Butte Road, on the right.

Alternatively, from Whitney Pocket, drive back north on the paved Gold Butte Road for 1.5 miles to just past the last big sandstone crag on the left. An unmarked dirt road leaves the pavement to the left: this is Black Butte Road.

Turn onto Black Butte Road and drive southwest 1.2 miles to an unmarked fork. Black Butte Road stays to the left to Falling Man, while Black Butte Alternate Road goes right.

Black Butte Road Alternate

The Road

From the fork on Black Butte Road (Table 1, Site 1005), Black Butte Road Alternative continues straight (right).

Black Butte Road Alternative runs southeast across gently sloping desert flats sparsely vegetated with species typical of the Mojave Desert Scrub life zone.

Parts of Black Butte Road Alternative are fine, but others are washed and rocky. At about 1.0 miles out, Black Butte Road Alternative forks. Both forks are fine, such as they are, and they merge 0.1 miles ahead, just before the road merges (Site 1663) back into Black Butte Road.

Black Butte Road Alternate
Black Butte Alternative Road (view SW)
Black Butte Road Alternate
Black Butte Alternative Road forks; either is fine (view SW)
Black Butte Road Alternate
Descending washed and rocky sidehill (view SW)
Black Butte Road Alternate
Merging with Right Fork and then with Black Butte Road (view SW)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
1005 Black Butte Rd at Black Butte Alt Rd West 751477 4044034 36.51045 114.19195 2,326 Yes
1663 Black Butte Rd at Black Butte Alt Rd East 752972 4044912 36.51797 114.17499 2,530 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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