Blue Diamond Hill Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Las Vegas, NV that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great mountain biking trail went midmorning in July brought plenty of fluids
There are many hiking trails in this area and you can easily lose track of the one you are on but if you have 3-4 hours to wander and explore, it's great! We decided to be adventurous and take the Bone Shaker trail which is rated as extreme and it was nerve wracking with all of the loose gravel so I do not recommend it as a hike unless you have strong ankles and excellent shoes!
Beautiful views, absolutely stunning. However, I advise extreme caution hiking this trail. We started hiking from the horse ranch instead of the front entrance, heading up through a canyon. Made it within about 2 miles of Blue Diamond Hill and the Vegas overlook, to an area that appears to be excavated. We decided to turn back since it was getting late in the day. En route back to the trailhead, it became clear that there were multiple different trails that forked off in various directions towards the highway, but it was in NO way obvious which trail we had came up via, and there were no trail markings whatsoever. We ended up on a trail that led us down a high ridge, instead of the canyon we had came up through. It appeared to be an alternate route. We came within sight of the parking lot, but realized we were on a 500 foot cliff and there was no way down. We double backed towards the way we came and trekked uphill in search of the fork we had missed. At this point, the sun was setting and we were low on water... Things started to get scary. We attempted to call 911 but there was no signal. We eventually made it back to our point of deviation, and started hauling ass. As we got closer, more unmarked forks in the trail appeared, it was starting to get seriously dark, and we were thoroughly disoriented. I was on the phone with 911 dispatch at this point, as I was positive we'd need to be airlifted out or die of hypothermia. With our cell batteries dwindling, we shined our flashlight app at the trail and managed to hump it back to the car in near pitch darkness. On the road back to Vegas, my phone started blowing up with calls and texts from Search & Rescue, to which I replied we were okay and made it out.
In reflection, this was a learning experience. Be very careful on remote backcountry hikes. Start early, take way more water than necessary, landmark all of the trail forks with objects, pack a high power flashlight. Don't become a statistic, I almost did.
Great hike, great view. Part's steep and rocky. The length was 8 1/3 miles not 6.
Great trail system for visitors to LV. Mcghies bike shop outpost offers rentals, maps and guides (we rode with guide Bobby, who was wonderful). We rode primarily moderate trials which still had plenty of technical sections, but spared us from some of the more difficult climbs. We rode 2 days, one of which was in a light rain. We enjoyed both trips and learned many of the local riders prefer slightly wet conditions. There are beautiful sandstone mountain views, desert views and lots of wildlife. If you are a cyclist visiting LV this is a 'must do'!!!
So far my favorite near Las Vegas !
This is a heat trail. Plenty of challenging areas, and multiple trails. Go with some who knows the trails. There is McGhies bike shop in Blue Diamond which is a great meeting place.