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Scanlon Dugway - Northbound (Uphill)
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Gold Butte National Monument
Gold Butte, Scanlon Dugway
Scanlon Dugway
Departing Lakeshore Mine area (view NW)

Overview

Scanlon Dugway is the steep section of an historic wagon road that connected northern Arizona with southern Nevada, crossing the Colorado River at Scanlon Ferry. The "dugway" is a section of road "dug out" of the cliffs where it climbs up Gregg Canyon to the high country between Bonelli and Jumbo peaks. The road is narrow, old, and rocky -- these days better left to hikers. The steep part of the dugway drops 1,040 ft in 1.3 miles -- on average, a very steep roadway grade of 15%. While hiking here, consider what it must have been like to run freight wagons drawn by 6 to 12 mules through this country during the early 1900s. This historic 4-mile (round trip) hike is located about 5.5 hours from Las Vegas.

Photos here show the road coming back up the hill from Lakeshore Mine to the top of the Dugway. For a full description of the road, including GPS waypoints, see Scanlon Dugway - Southbound.

Link to hiking map.

Returning up Scanlon Dugway to the Trailhead

Scanlon Dugway
Mining debris along road (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Sandy road (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Exiting Lake Mead NRA; entering Gold Butte NM (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Sandy road (view N)
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Scanlon Dugway
Climbing into the hills (view NE)
Scanlon Dugway
A rocky patch (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Approaching the low saddle (view NE)
Scanlon Dugway
Atop the low saddle (view NE)
Scanlon Dugway
Climbing towards the cross-ridge (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Climbing onto the cross-ridge (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Traversing the cross-ridge (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Base of the Dugway (view NE, left)
Scanlon Dugway
Base of the Dugway (view NE, right)
Scanlon Dugway
Approaching the hairpin turn (view SE)
Scanlon Dugway
Entering the hairpin turn (view E)
Scanlon Dugway
Base of the steep part (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Steep road (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Hiker taking a quick break (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Steep, rocky road (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Steep, rocky road (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Steep, rocky road (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Worst part of the steep, rocky road (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Steep, not-so-rocky road (view N)
Scanlon Dugway
Steep, narrow road (view NE)
Scanlon Dugway
Returning to the trailhead (view NE)
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Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
copyright; Last updated 170101

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