My favorite view of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam is from high on the bluffs of Fortification Hill.
It is a challenge to get there but on a coolish spring day the trip is delightful. This hike is not for the casual hiker as it is very steep and requires some boulder scrambling at the top of the trail. We even had to hand our dogs up and down a vertical section of the trail. It was too steep even for our trail-savvy four legged friends.
Once we got to the top of the butte and out on to the flat top of Fortification Hill, we were awestruck by the incredible vistas in all directions. The flat top is long and requires a long walk to the north to reach the highest point. Along the way you get to see some really interesting geologic features like an ancient volcanic crater off to the east. Once you reach the high point, the view cannot be topped. This is a nice place to settle down for a rest and some lunch. There are plenty of large rocks to sit in between in case the wind is blowing.
During early March there are some very pretty flowers along the road driving in to the trail head. We saw many Silverleaf sunray (Enceliopsis argophylla), a relative of the sunflower that grows in the very unique conditions near Lake Mead.
Plan to make this a day trip and bring a flash light or head lamp if you get a late start. As usual, bring lots of water and watch out for snakes and other creatures in the rocks.
To get there from Las Vegas or Henderson, travel south on highway 93 over the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge to Exit 2, Kingman Wash Access Road. Turn left at the bottom of the off-ramp and follow the rough, dirt road for approximately 3.5 miles where you will come to some permanent restroom/outhouses. Look for a road (Fortification Hill Road) going to the right from just before the outhouses that goes up another wash to the southwest for just under 3 miles to the Fortification Hill trail head on the left. For some good directions and pictures of trail conditions, check out http://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/LAME/Fort_Hill/_Fort_Hill.htm .