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West End Wash North Road
Backroads Around Las Vegas, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
West End Road - North
West End Wash North Road (Road 92) sign

Overview

West End Wash North Road is now a well-used two-track road that follows a wash as it runs north from Northshore Road into the wild backcountry of Lake Mead National Recreation Area (which is actually BLM land) and provides access to primitive campsites, several side roads, and hikes in the Muddy Mountains Wilderness Area. This road leads through spectacular country for many miles and can be used to connect with Valley of Fire Road.

Driving up the wash requires a carefully driven high-clearance vehicle, although 4WD would be safer.

Link to map.

West End Road - North
Northshore Rd at West End North Rd (view NE)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this is a fairly easy drive. The road is not maintained, but it is suitable for carefully driven 2WD-HC vehicles, although 4WD is safer because you just never know when a patch of soft gravel will suck you down. In my jeep, I stayed in 2WD, but it was reassuring to have 4WD just in case.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. This road is long, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials.

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Getting to the Roadhead

This road is located along Northshore Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, about 40 minutes northeast of Las Vegas. From town, drive out to Lake Mead, and then to about Mile 13.3 on Northshore Road. Northshore Road crosses the wash, and then West End Wash North Road turns off to the left (north). There is no highway sign, but watch for a paved apron and dirt road to the left.

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The Road

From the pavement (Table 1, Site 1412), West End Wash North Road turns north to wind through a big hairpin turn before dropping into the sandy West End Wash, which can be seen from near the pavement. At the wash, drivers can turn left to drive down to the Northshore Road bridge, or turn right and head north into the wild country. Turning north, drivers shortly pass a Road 92 approved route symbol sign (yellow arrow on a brown background).

At about 0.8 miles out, the road forks (Site 1488). West End Wash North Road stays left (north), while the road to the right runs northeast and eventually splits again. At that split, the left fork runs out to the edge of Muddy Mountains Wilderness Area, while the right fork used to connect with Anniversary Mine Road, but is now blocked by mining activities.

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Continuing north on West End Wash North Road, the park boundary (Site 1489) is passed at about 1.0 miles out; from this point on, the road runs on BLM land.

The road runs up the West End Wash and passes through a gap in a ridge, then proceeds into a broad, sandy valley. The road eventually passes another narrow area, then the road splits (Site 1490) again. The main road stays right, but both merge in about 0.3 miles.

Now running northwest, West End Wash North Road runs across another broad valley and the road splits again (Site 1491). Here, West End Wash stays right to the north, while West End Wash North Road stays left and works its way out of the West End Wash drainage system.

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Still running northwest, West End Wash North Road heads up a side wash and runs through yet another narrows into another broad valley where the road splits (Site 1492) yet again. Here, a faint road turns right to run up a wash (it is well used, but I'm not sure it is legal).

Staying left, the road runs in a wash along the base of a high ridge, then climbs out of the wash on a built road. This road winds about, passing a nice campsite on a corner, and then climbs southwest onto a high saddle (Site 1493).

From the saddle, the built road continues southwest out into the open desert. The road eventually turns northwest and winds through mining areas, crosses railroad tracks, follows powerlines, and generally runs north for as far as drivers want to go, including exiting back to Northshore Road, exiting to Apex, or driving north to Valley of Fire Road (Hwy 169).

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Entering West End Wash (view W)
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Approved road sign (view N)
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Road forks; WER-N stays left (view N)
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Staying left, approved road sign (view N)
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Approved road sign (view N)
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Approaching Lake Mead NRA boundary (view N)
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Looking back at sign for entering Lake Mead NRA (view S)
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Looking back at sign for entering Lake Mead NRA (view S)
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Road in narrows area (view N)
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Road forks; main stays right (view NW)
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Faint road right runs up another wash
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Road runs along base of ridge
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Road in wash (view W)
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Approaching built road (view NW)
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Camp area on edge of ravine with a view (view E)
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Campsite on edge of ravine with a view (view E)
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Approaching saddle (view SW)
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Beyond the saddle, the road runs forever (view SW)

Returning back down West End Wash North Road

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Descending from the saddle (view NE towards Gale Hills)
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Colorful ravine (view E)
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End of the built road, entering a wash
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Allowing motorcycle to pass (view SE)
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Nearing Northshore Road (view S)
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Northshore Road in view (view S)

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

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
1412 Northshore Rd at West End Rd North 703760 4007354 36.19137 114.73396 1,743 Yes
1488 West End Rd at Road 94A 703415 4008330 36.20024 114.73754 1,793 GPS
1489 West End Rd at LAKE Boundary 703309 4008579 36.20250 114.73865 1,819 GPS
1490 West End Rd at Minor Road Left 703111 4010525 36.22008 114.74034 2,021 GPS
1491 West End Rd at Minor Rd Right 702632 4010844 36.22305 114.74559 2,083 GPS
1492 West End Rd at Minor Rd Right 701731 4011703 36.23098 114.75539 2,225 GPS
1493 West End Rd at Saddle 700528 4011834 36.23241 114.76872 2,438 GPS

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