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North McCullough Wilderness Area
BLM 300 Trail
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Sloan Canyon NCA
BLM 300 Trail
BLM 300 Trail
Hidden Valley Trailhead (view NE)

Overview

The BLM 300 Trail starts at the Hidden Valley Trailhead on the south edge of the North McCullough Wilderness Area and climbs onto the crest of the mountains. From that scenic vantage, the route descends northward across hillsides and down washes almost to Petroglyph Canyon. when the trail ends at a 3-way trail intersection.

Hikers can continue another 0.4 miles to Petroglyph Canyon using the BLM 100 Trail. When ready, hikers can return over the same route, or return using any of several alternatives.

This trail is well constructed and easy to follow except at one point where it takes an unexpected turn to the left. Signs and cairns indicate the turn, but would be easy to miss. Hikers who miss the turn can continue along washes and eventually get back on the correct route.

Link to map.

BLM 300 Trail
Hidden Valley -- BLM 300 -- Trailhead (view NE)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, there are no particular dangers on this route. 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 might work along some parts of this route.

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.

Getting to the Trailhead

This hike is located in the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, on the south side of the North McCullough Wilderness Area. From town, drive south about 1 hour to the Hidden Valley Trailhead. Note that the access road requires a 2WD-HC vehicle except under the best of conditions.

BLM 300 Trail
Start of BLM 300 Trail (view NE)

The Hike

From the Hidden Valley Trailhead (Table 1, Waypoint 00), the route leaves the parking area following the rehabilitated old road. The road bends right to follow the base of a low hill on the right. When the old road bends left away from the hillside, look for rock art a bit farther along the hillside.

The old road passes an information sign and sign-in register, and eventually enters the Wilderness area (Wpt. 01) and continues to the original trailhead. Just beyond the old trailhead parking area, the wash splits (Wpt. 02). The signed BLM 300 Trail follows the left fork, while the Poppy Guzzler route stays right.

Staying left on the BLM 300 Trail, the route runs up a sandy wash to the base of the hillside ahead, then bends right onto a constructed trail. The trail climbs the hillside, switchbacking when necessary, to the saddle above (Wpt. 03).

BLM 300 Trail
Trail bends right but eventually goes over there (view NE)

From the saddle (Wpt. 03), the trail descends the other side, crossing the sidehill to the northeast. The trail runs down into a wash, then suddenly turns left (Wpt. 04) to climb the far hillside onto another saddle (Wpt. 05). Watch carefully for cairns at the turn in the trail, but otherwise, just continue downhill in the wash - it will get you there too.

Crossing the saddle (Wpt. 05), the trail switchbacks down the steep hillside, then runs down the hillside to enter a major wash (Wpt. 06) at the point of confluence of two washes. This is Sloan Wash, which runs north through Petroglyph Canyon.

Following Sloan Wash downstream, the route winds about and is joined by a major wash from the right (Wpt. 07). For hikers who missed the turn out of the wash (Wpt. 04), this is the point to rejoin the BLM 300 Trail.

BLM 300 Trail
Trail follows old road (view E)

Continuing down Sloan Wash, the route reaches a major wash joining from the left. At this point, the BLM 300 Trail reaches a 3-way intersection (Wpt. 08) with the BLM 200 Trail and the BLM 100 Trail. This, however, is not a good place to stop, and most hiker at this point will want to continue to Petroglyph Canyon.

For hikers who don't want to descend the pour-over below Petroglyph Canyon, BLM 200 Trail is the bypass route for heading north.

Continuing downstream towards Petroglyph Canyon on what is now the BLM 100 Trail, Sloan Wash is joined by yet another major wash from the right (Wpt. 09). This wash can be used to follow the Poppy Guzzler Route back to the Hidden Valley Trailhead.

At this point, Sloan Wash turns north and runs into Petroglyph Canyon (Wpt. 10). Hikers who get to the pour-over have gone too far. Enjoy the art work, respect the site, and return to the trailhead by following the BLM 300 Trail or one of the other routes (see map) back to the trailhead.

For more petroglyph photos, see Petroglyph Canyon.

BLM 300 Trail
Trail follows old road (view E)
BLM 300 Trail
Trail follows old road (view E)
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BLM 300 Trail
Approaching trail information sign (view N)
BLM 300 Trail
Trail information sign (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Sign-in sheet at trail information sign
BLM 300 Trail
Trail follows old road to old trailhead (view N)
BLM 300 Trail
Trail follows old road into North McCullough Wilderness (view N)
BLM 300 Trail
Trail follows old road past tall Mojave yucca (view N)
BLM 300 Trail
Approaching end of the old road (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Old road ends at historic trailhead (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Approaching sign in wash (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
BLM 300 Trail sign in wash (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Wash above old trailhead parking (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Climbing towards the first saddle (view N)
BLM 300 Trail
Climbing towards the first saddle (view N)
BLM 300 Trail
Climbing towards the first saddle (view N)
BLM 300 Trail
Arriving at the first saddle (view N)
BLM 300 Trail
View north from saddle (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Descending hillside beyond saddle (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Trail crosses wash, then abruptly turns left (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Descending past second saddle (view N)
BLM 300 Trail
Descending past second saddle (view N)
BLM 300 Trail
Entering wash at confluence (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Looking back - don't miss the turn (view SW)
BLM 300 Trail
Looking back - don't miss the turn (view SW)
BLM 300 Trail
Continuing down canyon (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Continuing down canyon (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Continuing down canyon (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Continuing down canyon (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Watch for rock art along the wash
BLM 300 Trail
Watch for rock art along the wash
BLM 300 Trail
Continuing down canyon (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Continuing down canyon towards trail junction (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
BLM 200 Trail comes in from the left (view NW)
BLM 300 Trail
Down canyon becomes the BLM 100 Trail (view NW)
BLM 300 Trail
Sign: down canyon becomes the BLM 100 Trail (view NW)
BLM 300 Trail
Watch for rock art along the wash
BLM 300 Trail
Watch for rock art along the wash
BLM 300 Trail
Continuing down canyon (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Continuing down canyon (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Watch for rock art along the wash
BLM 300 Trail
Watch for rock art along the wash
BLM 300 Trail
Watch for rock art along the wash
BLM 300 Trail
Watch for rock art along the wash
BLM 300 Trail
Continuing down canyon into main petroglyph gallery (view NE)
BLM 300 Trail
Main petroglyph gallery
BLM 300 Trail
Main petroglyph gallery
BLM 300 Trail
Main petroglyph gallery

Table 1. Hiking Coordinates 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) Verified
00 BLM 300 Trailhead 667127 3971034 3,236 0.00 0.00 GPS
01 Wilderness Boundary 667789 3971567 3,314 0.68 0.68 GPS
02 Trail Forks 668000 3971823 3,386 0.22 0.90 GPS
03 Saddle 668277 3972582 3,702 0.68 1.58 GPS
04 Trail Exits Wash 668639 3972735 3,553 0.30 1.88 GPS
05 Saddle 668636 3972764 3,568 0.02 1.90 GPS
06 Trail Enters Wash 668577 3973265 3,364 0.40 2.30 GPS
07 Washes Merge 668846 3973453 3,284 0.28 2.58 GPS
08 Cowboy Trail Junction 669061 3973640 3,225 0.23 2.81 GPS
09 Washes Merge 669396 3973774 3,169 0.26 3.07 GPS
10 Petroglyph Area 669389 3973962 3,146 0.13 3.20 GPS
01 Trailhead 667127 3971034 3,236 3.20 6.40 GPS

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