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White Rock - La Madre Spring LoopVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking10.10 Miles 2,046 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   2.77 mph
2,046 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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I decided to head back out to Red Rock Canyon on Tuesday since I had noticed some other trails I wanted to try. In the morning, I had stopped by the Pro fuel terminal on the northeast side of Vegas and visited with my husband's employees for a while. And I had also wanted to steal some Pro baseball caps I had seen some pics of earlier. The guys had some additional trail suggestions (next trip!) for me, gave me about six hats, and fed me breakfast, so I didn't get started on my hike as early as I would have liked. I parked at the White Rock parking lot for this one. I started the loop from the north end of the parking lot. A short distance in, I turned off onto the Keystone Thrust trail to check that one out. It's about a mile each way--nothing exciting, but worth doing since I was right there. Once I did that, I got back on White Rock and continued on. The scenery is really pretty on this part of the trail, and keeps getting better as you head northwest. It's an easy trail, and easy to follow. After awhile, I was in a valley on the backside of the hills you see from the parking lot. This area was probably my favorite section of the hike--lots of juniper, smooth trail, great views of mountains all around--I was sad when this part came to an end. I took the turnoff to La Madre Spring and walked the 1/2 mile up to it. There was a decent amount of water back there, and shade, so I stopped and had lunch next to the spring. I returned back to White Rock trail and continued the loop. The trail merges with Rocky Gap Rd and follows it to the Willow Spring parking area. This is where I thought it started getting boring. At the parking area, I followed Willow Spring Trail for a while to avoid walking on the road. At the second parking area to the east, White Rock trail picks back up again and curves around the east side of the hills. Saw some burros again, but nothing else was all that interesting for these last couple of miles. Just before the parking lot is White Rock Spring. It had some water, and the trough was full.
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