Nightmare Gulch Loop Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located in the state of CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Nightmare Gulch is a colorful and highly scenic canyon and is a must see cross-country route in Red Rock State Park. Nightmare Gulch in Rock Canyon State Park attracts many raptors. In order to protect the raptor nesting sites, the gulch is closed to hikers and vehicle travel yearly from February 1 to July 1. The cross-country route starts just a half mile north of the entrance to the park at a small turn out on the east side of the highway. The route travels north then east around ridge tops offering panoramic views of the gulch and the Southern Sierra Nevada, then descends and turns south to the entrance of Nightmare Gulch. The gulch is filled with side slot canyons just waiting to explore. After exiting the gulch turn north to head back to the trail head. BEST TIME TO HIKE September - January 31 (can be very hot during the middle of summer) the area is closed February 1-July 1