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North McCullough Wilderness Area
BLM 200 Trail (
Horseman's Trail)
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Sloan Canyon NCA
BLM 200 Trail
BLM 200 Trail
Hikers starting on BLM 100 (Petroglyph Canyon) Trail (view SE)

Overview

The BLM 200 Trail, also known as the Horseman's Trail, is a 0.75-mile-long trail segment that neither starts nor ends at a trailhead. Rather, this trail is an alternative route that provides visitors on horseback, and others, a way to get to Petroglyph Canyon without the 3rd class rock scrambling required on the regular route. Hikers can also use the BLM 200 Trail to make a partial loop for the Petroglyph Canyon hike or use it to access other areas deep inside the North McCullough Wilderness Area.

Using the BLM 200 Trail, hikers start at the Sloan Canyon Trailhead and walk 1.4 miles up Sloan Canyon Wash on the BLM 100 Trail. The BLM 200 Trail then runs up a side canyon, climbs over a saddle, and drops back into Sloan Canyon at the upper end of the BLM 100 Trail, which is followed down into Petroglyph Canyon for a total of 2.5 miles (one way).

Link to map.

Approaching the BLM 100 -- BLM 200 trail junction (view SW)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, there are no particular dangers on this route, but climbing over the saddle is steeper than it looks, so take it easy and bring plenty of water.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, this hike is fairly remote, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work back in the canyons. Bicycles are prohibited on this trail.

This trail leads into a Wilderness area and to a site sacred to Native Americans, so pay particular attention to respecting the land. Don't touch petroglyphs because oils on your hands slowly damage the artwork.


BLM 200 Trail departs Sloan Canyon Wash

Getting to the Trailhead

This hike is located in Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area on the north side of the North McCullough Wilderness Area. From town, drive south about 45 minutes to the Sloan Canyon Trailhead. Note that from the trailhead, it takes 1.4 miles of walking up Sloan Canyon Wash to get to the start of the BLM 200 Trail.

BLM 200 Trail
BLM 100 - BLM 200 Trail junction sign (view W)

The Hike

From the trailhead (Table 1, Waypoint 01), the BLM 100 Trail runs northeast descending across the hillside to the old trailhead parking area, which can be seen below some 200 yards out. The trail continues east on the old road a few yards into Sloan Wash and the intersection with the BLM 101 Trail (Wpt. 02). The BLM 101 Trail runs east towards Anthem neighborhoods, while the BLM 100 Trail turns right and heads upstream following the main wash. After about 1.3 miles in the wash, the BLM 100 Trail arrives at a trail intersection and the start of the BLM 200 Trail (Wpt. 03).

For details of this part of the hike, see the BLM 100 Trail.

BLM 200 Trail
BLM 100 - BLM 200 Trail junction sign (view S)

At this point (Wpt. 03), a side wash on the right merges with Sloan Canyon Wash. The confluence is marked with a trail sign indicating that the BLM 200 Trail turns right, out of Sloan Canyon Wash, and runs up the side canyon.

The trail follows the bottom of the rocky wash for about 0.24 miles until a built trail (Wpt. 11) leaves the wash-bottom to the right and runs up onto the hillside.

Following the built trail, hikers climb onto the east-facing hillside above the wash, but eventually return to and cross the wash to switchback up the northwest-facing slope.

The trail eventually climbs onto a saddle (Wpt. 12) with nice views north across the Las Vegas Valley and south to the higher peaks in the Wilderness area. There is also a USGS Benchmark on the saddle that dates from 1956.

BLM 200 Trail
Hikers leaving Sloan Wash and starting up side canyon (view W)

Crossing over the saddle, the trail runs down the south-facing hillside, then follows a minor wash. Eventually, this minor wash runs downhill into a major wash (Wpt. 08), which is Sloan Canyon Wash.

The BLM 200 Trail ends here. However, this is no place to stop, so following the BLM 100 Trail down Sloan Canyon Wash, keep an eye out for rock art along the wash. The route passes a confluence (Wpt. 09) with a major wash on the right and continues downstream.

Shortly beyond the confluence, the wash bends to the left and opens into the long, straight canyon. The middle and north ends of this canyon are Petroglyph Canyon. Here, rock art covers the cliffs and boulders along the wash and on the hillsides. Enjoy the rock art, but please help protect the area and report vandalism. [more petroglyph photos].

Return to the trailhead by retracing your footprints in the wash [photos] or slide down the pour-overs following the BLM 100 Trail (the Regular Route.

BLM 200 Trail
Trail follows this side wash to the saddle (view SW)
BLM 200 Trail
Trail runs over interesting geology (view SW)
BLM 200 Trail
Hikers on BLM 200 Trail (view SW)
BLM 200 Trail
Built trail departs the wash (view SW)
BLM 200 Trail
Climbing towards the saddle
BLM 200 Trail
Pausing to look back over Henderson (view NE)
BLM 200 Trail
Crossing the wash to the NW-facing slope (view S)
BLM 200 Trail
Hikers nearing the saddle, the highpoint on the trail (view SW)
BLM 200 Trail
Arriving on the saddle (view SW)
BLM 200 Trail
USGS Benchmark on saddle
BLM 200 Trail
USGS Benchmark on saddle
BLM 200 Trail
Saddle (view NE towards Las Vegas; notice switchbacks)
BLM 200 Trail
Starting over the saddle
BLM 200 Trail
Trail below the saddle (view S)
BLM 200 Trail
Trail follows wash (view S)
BLM 200 Trail
Trail approaching Sloan Canyon Wash (view SW)
Sloan Canyon
On trail, looking down Sloan Canyon from hillside (view SE)
BLM 200 Trail
Arriving back in Sloan Canyon Wash (view SW)
BLM 200 Trail
Trail sign in Sloan Canyon Wash (view W; upstream)
BLM 200 Trail
Trail sign in Sloan Canyon Wash (view N)
BLM 200 Trail
Scattered rock art along wash [more petroglyph photos]
Sloan Canyon
Wash along BLM 100 Trail (view E)
BLM 200 Trail
BLM 100 Trail (view N into petroglyph gallery)
BLM 200 Trail
Rock art in Petroglyph Canyon

Table 1. Hiking Coordinates and Distances based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Wpt. Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi)
01 Petroglyph Canyon Trailhead 669171 3976082 2,954 0.00 0.00
03 BLM100 Trail at BLM101 Trail 669442 3976067 2,861 0.23 0.23
06 BLM100 Trail at BLM200 Trail 669282 3974452 2,990 1.14 1.37
13 Built Trail Leaves Wash 669066 3974245 3,105 0.24 1.61
12 Saddle 669019 3973890 3,306 0.31 1.92
11 BLM100-BLM200-BLM300 Trail Junction 669059 3973636 3,225 0.20 2.12
10 Washes Merge 669401 3973765 3,169 0.28 2.40
09 Petroglyph Gallery 669398 3973973 3,162 0.06 2.46

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