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BLM 402 Trail - Connector
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Sloan Canyon NCA
BLM 402 Connector Trail
Park Peak Trail
BLM 404 (Black Mountain) and BLM 402 (Connector) trail junction

Overview

The BLM 402 Connector Trail is a 0.57-mile trail in the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area that connects the BLM 404 (Black Mountain) Trail to the BLM 403 (Park Peak Loop) Trail. As such, the BLM 402 Trail does not alone make a hike, as it neither connects to a trailhead nor reaches a destination.

The BLM 402 Connector Trail is most useful as part of a 5-mile loop that makes use of four trails (Anthem East Trail, BLM 404 Trail, BLM 402 Trail, and BLM 403 Trail) to climb onto Fracture Ridge and the summit of Park Peak.

Link to map.

Park Peak Trail
BLM 402 trail sign; BLM 404 Trail in the background (view E)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this hike is fairly safe with no unusual hazards.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials.

 

Getting to the Trailhead

This hike is located in Sloan Canyon NCA, but technically there is no trailhead as it is only a connector trail. The nearest trailhead is in the nearby urban neighborhoods (Anthem area of Henderson) as described for the Shadow Canyon Trailhead.

Park Peak Trail
BLM 404 Trail sign; BLM 402 Trail in the background (view S)

The Hike

At a trail junction (Table 1, Waypoint 07) about 1.36 miles out the BLM 404 (Black Mountain) Trail, the BLM 402 Trail (Connector) turns right and runs southwest while the BLM 404 Trail continues to the east.

Following the BLM 402 Connector Trail southwest, the trail descends directly off the side of the ridge, then turns left to run southeast and down across the slope at a moderate grade into the wash below.

After crossing the wash, the trail sets off across a broad, open valley. The well defined trail winds among boulders, washes, and joshua trees as it runs south to a trail junction (Wpt. 08). Here, the BLM 402 Connector Trail ends at the BLM 403 Park Peak Loop Trail, which comes in from the right and continues straight ahead.

From here, hikers can continue straight on the BLM 403 to climb onto Fracture Ridge and Park Peak, or turn right on the BLM 403 Trail to hike off in other directions or to return to the trailhead via a different route.

Park Peak Trail
Hiker starting on the BLM 402 Connector Trail (view S)
BLM 402 Connector Trail
BLM 402 (Connector) trail descends off ridge
Park Peak Trail
Trail descends across the side of the ridge
BLM 402 Connector Trail
Trail descends into the wash below
Park Peak Trail
Keep an eye out for the locals (Collared Lizard)
BLM 402 Connector Trail
BLM 402 (Connector) trail crosses broad valley (view south)
Park Peak Trail
BLM 402 (Connector) trail winding among boulders (view south)
BLM 402 Connector Trail
BLM 402 Connector Trail ends at BLM 403 Park Peak Loop Trail
Park Peak Trail
BLM 402 Trail ends at BLM 403 trail junction (view S)
Park Peak Trail
BLM 403 Park Peak Trail sign (view S)

Hiking the BLM 402 Trail in the other direction (from south to north)

BLM 402 Connector Trail
BLM 403 at BLM 403 trail junction (view E)
BLM 402 Connector Trail
Hikers crossing the broad, open valley (view N)
BLM 402 Connector Trail
Approaching the side of the West Ridge of North Peak (view N)
BLM 402 Connector Trail
Hikers climbing onto the West Ridge of North Peak (view NW)
BLM 402 Connector Trail
Hikers at the end of BLM 402 Trail; junction with BLM 404 Trail
more to come ...

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) Verified
07 Trail Junction 674316 3978158 3,398 0.00 0.00 GPS
08 Trail Junction 674396 3977485 3,419 0.58 0.58 GPS

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