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White Rock - La Madre Spring Loop, NV

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 6.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,426 feet
Elevation Gain 560 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,200 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3-4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.5
Interest Seasonal Creek
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15  2017-12-07 kingsnake
9  2016-02-16 LindaAnn
15  2015-05-25 Uncharted
1  2013-02-15 jesso23
8  2009-09-19 leadhiker
8  2009-03-01 AZLOT69
19  2009-02-14 writelots
Author writelots
author avatar Guides 19
Routes 40
Photos 5,602
Trips 339 map ( 3,914 miles )
Age 48 Female Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Sun  4:25am - 7:02pm
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The ultimate Red Rock sampler hike
by writelots

This easy loop hike takes you through a little of everything that Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has to offer. You'll get high desert plateau views of the grey cliffs of the La Madre Mountains, a great view of the Keyhole Thrust, hiking up to a Sedona-esque landscape of red rock cliffs, carved canyons and pinon-juniper woodlands. It's a spectacular hike along wide, well maintained trails. It tends to be well traveled, but with these views and only a short drive outside Vegas, it's easy to see why!

Start at the Willow Springs parking area and you'll get the climb over with at the beginning, leaving you a downhill stretch to view some of the best of the signature red rock scenery. You'll start off climbing gently through the high desert, roughly parallel to the scenic drive (but never in sight of it). When you come to a fork with a sign reading "White Rock Springs 2.2 miles", take the uphill trail to the left. A short hike up is the spur trail which leads to a cool wash bed where you can view the Keyhole Thrust phenemenon up close (that spur would add roughly 2 miles to your hike). As you hike around the back of the White Rock mesa, you'll get treated to the northern slope vegetation - with twisted junipers and pines, as well as an intermittent stream just a short ways off the trail (a seasonal waterfall may even be visible on the opposite canyon wall). Then, as you circle around to the west side, you get treated to views down the long canyon and up to the peaks - some at over 7000' can be snow covered much of the winter! The final junction is with an old (and still lightly used) jeep road. Heading uphill would take you to La Madre Springs - another spur if you want to add mileage. Head downhill here to return to the Willow Springs parking area via the paved road or the side trail across the large wash.

This hike will be very hot and exposed in the warmer months - bring plenty of water.

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2009-02-18 writelots
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    Special Use

    There is a $5 charge to enter the area for autos, $2 for motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians get in free if you want to travel from one of the nearby communities. An annual pass is $20

    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    (from Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association) Red Rock Canyon is located about 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. From Las Vegas the Conservation Area can be approached from Charleston Boulevard [north of Sahara Avenue], which will turn into State Route 159; or from State Route 160 [south of Tropicana] to the Junction with Route 159. Just follow Route 159 until you see the entrance.

    From the southwest, RRCNCA is reached by taking Route 160 East to Route 159; From the north or south: both Route 95 and I-15 will lead you to Las Vegas and then follow the directions stated above.

    To reach the trailhead, follow the Scenic Road (a one-way loop drive) to the Willow Springs Trailhead. The trail is on the right. Trail maps are given at the toll gate or at the visitor center.
    page created by writelots on Feb 18 2009 9:57 am
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