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The Best Hikes in Vegas

517 Triplog Reviews in the Vegas
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2.01 mi • 262 ft aeg
This hike was to fire wave and then continued through pastel canyon, I believe it was called. Very beautiful area, and as a result, many more people even though it was quite hot out hiking in full sun. The fire wave is a beautiful formation with bright colors. As we passed out of that area and into the pastel canyon, we lost most of the people. Lots of multicolor rocks to enjoy on the back half of this loop hike, which we did clockwise.
15.6 mi • 4,130 ft aeg
The road had some damage from the recent flooding but nothing requiring 4x4. As long as you have high clearance you'll be fine. The hike from the trailhead to Hunters Cabin was pleasant. You start in a very healthy joshua tree forest and end up in a mix of ponderosa, fir, and aspen forest by the cabin. From the cabin to the peak you head through a mix of juniper, pinion, ponderosa, and bristlecone. From the cabin to the peak is brutal. Only a use trail that pretty much heads straight up. The area is very unique and beautiful. The spring at the cabin, wiregrass spring, was flowing enough to fill my hydro flask every couple of minutes. Due to the excessive heat warning I went through far more water than anticipated and ended up drinking unfiltered spring water. Hopefully it's safe. Sure tasted good.
21.15 mi • 7,834 ft aeg
Never had done the full shebang of North Loop out and back without the cutoff of Trail Canyon Trail. This adds approx 4 mi round trip compared with using Trail Canyon Trail and also increases the AEG. Figured there wouldn't be many people out on a Tuesday and it would give me a chance to get out of the oppressive heat.
Turned out great. Saw only 5 people during my hike and had the peak to myself for lunch. Chipmunks and birds were my main companions.
2 downed trees to go around or under and a few wee patches of avoidable snow, with the trail overall in fine condition.

Wildflowers
Above tree line, plants are just beginning to flower.
3.24 mi • 445 ft aeg
Redstone Wander
Not sure if I had ever checked out the Redstone Loop Trail. Nice, quick little jaunt around a red sandstone outcropping.
Very suitable for young children or anyone not wanting to hike too far. Not too much up and down, and the trail maintains a surprisingly rock-free surface for the Mojave.

But, I needed to spend more time, as my car was serving as the sag vehicle for a 75 mi bike ride. So, after hiking the loop, I took off for some exploration of the area. Very nice with lots of arches and other features in each outcropping. A fun time!
13.23 mi • 1,245 ft aeg
Rally in the Valley Sunday 1/2
Starting at Beehives, a bit of road, cw loop around Pinnacles, then ccw loop around Pinnacles, and back. Not as tough a course as yesterday, but still plenty challenging with 1 scramble. A lot of the Pinnaces Trail is in washes, but not the deep, incised washes the Prospect Trail follows, so more running on firm sand and gravel versus yesterday's rocks. Very beautiful with stellar views. And this time, you could look around at the views instead of staring fearfully at your feet. As a consequence of the more open wash, there was not as much shade as yesterday, but temps were pleasant.

The east half of the Pinnacles Loop is across open desert with occasional posts to sight on, but with no obvious tread most of the time. Seems to see little action from hikers, so very glad I had been on it before and knew what to expect. Running across open desert, the larger rocks didn't bother me as they had in the washes, although I'm not sure why.

Wildflowers
Mistletoe - yum!
13.3 mi • 1,123 ft aeg
Rally in the Valley Saturday 1/2
Starting at Beehives, a bit of road, then full Prospect Trail, White Dome Loop, and back. This course was just as tough as I remembered it from last year. Well-marked and beautiful, but tough. Recent rains made "running" on the Prospect Trail particularly challenging, as most of the sand and small pebbles had been washed away, leaving a mine field of loose ankle-breaker rocks. It was pleasant to have much of the course in a nice shady canyon, though, so it's hard to complain. As an added bonus, the deep sand was dampish and much firmer than usual on White Dome Loop.

Made the rookie mistake of following other runners instead of flagging and got to do a bonus challenging 20' down climb. As payback for this shortcut, we then went the wrong way and added 0.2 mi to our route. :lol:

Wildflowers
Mistletoe flowering in washes. Not much to look at, but the aroma is heavenly!
5.3 mi • 760 ft aeg
The group was up for some off-trail adventuring, so we started at the Fire Wave parking area (Parking Area #3) and headed south to drop to the canyon floor. There was some scrambling right from the beginning and we kept checking our topo map to make sure we were generally headed in the right direction. Along the way we marveled at the colors and bizarre rock formations. Once we'd gotten far enough south, we headed west through a short bit of narrows to pick up the White Domes Loop Trail (it's southern end). From there we passed through another stretch of narrows and came to the "T" where White Domes continues north (right) and Prospect picks up going south (left). Shortly after getting on Propspect we decided to go off-trail and cut over to a north-south canyon to the east. There were countless mini-caves, alcoves, and "take a look at this!" moments. After hiking and scrambling for a little over a mile (oh, and can't forget lunching!), we found our way back over to the Prospect Trail.

At this point the Prospect Trail became a bit of a slog in a wide, open wash. We knew we had a few miles to go and were hoping the footing would become more stable. Fortunately, we came upon a Boy Scout troop headed in the opposite direction and were pleased to learn that we'd soon come to some upward scrambling and then we'd be on more compact ground. Once past the scrambling we could see for miles to our south.

With about a mile left, we noted the word "Prospect" on our USGS topo map and an "X" so we made our way over the the "X". We're not sure what it was but the rock was chalky and pink-purple in color. We didn't notice any obvious mining operations and were left wondering as we got back on the trail. At this point the trail was obviously an old road and made for easy hiking.

As we were walking up a small rise we were pleasantly surprised to come upon 8 desert bighorn rams. They couldn't care less about us and just munched away on the grass. We watched them for several minutes and then continued on to our awaiting vehicle.

It was considered by all to be the best hike that we did in the Valley of Fire.
3.7 mi • 0 ft aeg
We started off the day wanting to see the arches (Fragile and Double, so-named, I think, by BluuGnome) along the Natural Arches trail. However, the sign at the trailhead said that the arch had fallen. :( We decided to check it out anyway. About a mile and a quarter into the hike, though, we'd had about enough of the sandy slog. Don't get me wrong, the visuals were outstanding and there were more arches and windows than could be counted. Oh, and it was really fun to try and figure out what beings (animal, reptile, or bird) had made the endless numbers of tracks in the sand.

So, we left the trail and traversed east over the sandstone to the roughly parallel canyon to the east (Saint Thomas Wash). Two of us were taken by complete surprise when the sandstone we were leaning on or using as support while scrambling completely collapsed. :o

Heading down (south) Saint Thomas Wash we kept to the right and tried to pick out game trails that had solid footing. Not always easy. Eventually we came to the east entrance self-pay station. From there we picked up the trail to Elephant Rock (one of a few elephant-shaped sandstone formations we'd see during the trip) and continued west along the road to get back to our vehicles.

I should mention that the whole time we kept seeing what looked like horse manure and wondered why someone would take a horse into those areas - especially the traverse we did to get from Natural Arches over to Saint Thomas. Days later, upon leaving the park, we saw four wild horses. I guess they like to explore too??
1.5 mi • 254 ft aeg
Where? Vegas Baby! to celebrate my cousin Brian's 60th bday. A few others came down from Montana and we met them at the Golden Nugget. Thursday evening we celebrated his birthday at Triple George Grill northwest of Fremont Experience.

DAY TWO: We headed to Cowboy Christmas at LV Convention Center (I was able to replace my earrings that I had bot in 2007 and lost one while hiking several years ago on the Gateway Loop). Later that evening we went to Le Reve after walking 1.25 miles to The Wynn (and that was after walking from Westgate parking to the South Mall at the Convention Center .75 miles AND walking the bottom floor of Cowboy Christmas; that was just way too much walking for my 70 yr old cousin.
I highly recommend Le Reve and there's really not a bad seat in the house; altho we did get the first row and only got a few drops - yes, it's all about the water and some incredible athletes OMG!!! putting on a FABulous show. We took the Monorail via the Harrah's stop to get us back up to Westgate parking. It twists almost as much as it goes straight.


DAY THREE:
@adilling had posted a triplog and photos in Nov and since I was coming to Vegas in Dec, I put this on our agenda as we would be in the area for a few days. As we're tootling along in Tonto on our way to Valley of Fire State Park, my gas light comes on. Whoops, didn't even think to check the gas gauge. Fortunately 6 miles up the road was a Love's so we filled up and continued on our merry way. The drive from the freeway to those mountains afar is further away than it looks.


We arrived at the Park and were glad it wasn't being swarmed by others. I knew the one main thing I wanted to do was the Fire Wave so after reviewing the map, we headed that way after turning onto Mouse's Tank Road (named for an outlaw who used the area as a hideout in the 1890s). When you first drive by the VC you wonder where the road goes as it looks like it's going to run into the mountain but of course it doesn't. All we knew is we were in for a treat as we got closer to the rocky highs.

Had to stop at Rainbow Vista and get my camera out to record some of this. We made our way to P3 which is the parking area for the Fire Wave hike. Across the road and down into a ravine we went altho you can stay higher as there appears to be a few different trails that will eventually turn you south toward The Wave. We encountered some folks along the way as we finally reached our destination and climbed up on the Wave. It sure was pretty all around.

Connie sat down as her feet were hurting (I had taken her on quite the walk in Vegas the previous afternoon and evening). I got Tibbermode (my Rebel camera) out and started firing away. I got one person across the way to do a Wendy so that was fun. Would like to have wandered more but they really encouraged you to stay near the trail so I obliged. BUT guess what we saw: white butts to the west... yep, four mountain sheep. How cool! I had my long lens but figured by the time I changed lenses (since I'm not good at that yet) they'd be gone so I grabbed the ZS60 and grabbed some shots.

On our way back to the TH, we got to see the sheep again as they were making their way across the area in front of us... still had to use zoom but it was fun to see them for so long. On our way back we encountered quite a few more people. We took the high road this time and enjoyed the scenery as we came up the hill.

Next we drove to the end of White Domes road and had lunch along with many honey bees. I hiked a little up the wide sand trail just to check it out as my cousin was done hiking for the day. From there we drove down the road and back toward the Visitor Center but not before stopping at a couple pullouts and then east on Fire Canyon Road to the Silica Dome. There's lots of fun little hikes you can do in many of these areas. It's just so beautiful and we were so lucky that it wasn't crowded.

Once back to the intersection with the VC we headed east to go check out the 1930s CCC cabins built with native sandstone which are pretty cool. There are three of them and each has a fireplace. These cabins were built for travelers. It's a great little area to explore too. From there we went back to the main road and headed toward the East Entrance. We stopped and hiked up to the petrified log that is all caged and were not too impressed.

The geology is pretty fabulous all the way to the East Entrance where it opens up into a very large valley with Lake Mead being straight ahead but out of sight. We turned around at the entrance and headed back passing by the Seven Sisters where a wedding looked to be taking place. Next stop was the Atlatl Rock where there is a steep stair case leading up to view some petroglyphs. There is also a campground nearby. Last were the Beehives which are unusual sandstone formations eroded by wind and water. This is where the Group Use Campground is. There were several folks climbing on these formations.

And to think with all that I've shared with you that we did in 4 hours, there is still so much we didn't see including Arch Rock and Mouse's Tank plus all the little hikes we could have done. As we drove toward Vegas I noticed that same brown cloud that we get here in the Valley and it was the same thickness. I was a little surprised by that. But it goes without saying, I sure hope I get to go back when I can spend more time.

Part 1 Fire Wave - [ youtube video ] and Bighorn Sheep
Part 2 Fire Wave, White Domes, Fire Canyon [ youtube video ] and Bighorn Sheep
Part 3 Fire Canyon, The CCC Cabins, drive toward East Entrance and back to West Entrance [ youtube video ]
8.34 mi • 1,586 ft aeg
This was wife & I's sixth romantic, early Christmas, Las Vegas getaway in the past seven years. We don’t gamble much, but usually manage to come away with a small profit ($60). Mostly, we visit family, take in a museum, see a show and, for me, hike. This year, it was the National Atomic Testing Museum, Dave Landau (a hilarious comic: http://davelandau.com/ ), and the White Rock – La Madre Spring Loop.

(Before the shooting, we had considered trying out Mandalay Bay, but now that would be bad juju. We did check out the Ri Ra Irish Pub, though.

I again hiked clockwise, as I prefer to warm up my legs for a mile or two before I begin climbing.

I stopped by White Rock Spring. the spring box was full, and fairly clear, with some floating greenery of the non-slimey variety. Possibly the most interesting thing I saw all day were the seeds / eggs along the edge of the cement box. They looked like large tomato seeds. There were tons of them.

The petroglyphs I expected at the Willow Creek Picnic Area, and which signage indicated should have been directly in front of me, at the base of White Rock Hills, were not there. And I took my time looking. Apparently, the Petroglyph Wall Trail (.25 miles, 25 AEG), on the south side of Rocky Gap Rd. has petroglyphs. If I had known that at the time, I would have checked it out. Instead, I was bummed.

I made the mistake of trying to follow a trail out of the picnic area, and ended up in a small wet land, inadvertently threatening some protected snail species or another. Sacre bleu!

A quarter mile short of La Madre Spring, there are two old ranches. All that remains is the foundation and a bit of piping. Looks like they had indoor plumbing via the spring. It's a shame the feds tore them down, instead of renting them as cabins, because they had sweet views.

La Madre Spring was flowing pretty good, and the water was clear. But I am a wuss, so I didn't drink it and forgot to dip my toes in it. I was focused on taking photos & video. La Madre Spring had plenty of wet land type grasses, and even an old dam. Getting down in the creek, and improvising a rocky 'tripod' got me some decent flow video.

It was a short jaunt back to the loop trail at the base of the White Rock Hills. I passed seven people on their way up, so figured if I was to take a trailside pee, I best do it now, before the circus showed up. Good call. I encountered several dozen more people the final 2.5 miles back to the White Rock Trailhead.

On the 40 minute hike up to the saddle at the north end of the White Rock Hills, the junipers were loaded with berries. I spent most of that time closely scanning the skyline and crevasses of White Rock Hills, hoping to see some big horn. No such luck. Struck out two straight visits. Still the only big horn I’ve seen in Nevada was a male crossing the road in Valley of Fire.

At the saddle, even though I was on a high point, with clear line of sight towards Las Vegas, I had zero bars Verizon reception. Tweeting some hike pix would have to wait.

On the way from the saddle down to the White Rock TH, there some decent views of the Calico Hills and, in the distance, Blue Diamond Hill. but for the most part the scenic stuff was behind me. Speaking of which, there were zero flowers on this hike, not even on the few cacti. (Nevada hiking is much less stabby than Arizona.)

After a shower, it was off to the MGM Grand, fighting through the rodeo finals crowd, to see Dave Landau. My wife died laughing. :lol:

Hike Video: [ youtube video ]

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