Cathedral Rock Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews
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Cathedral Rock Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, NV that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles 1013 feet Out & Back

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From the signed trailhead the trail starts in a westward direction at a slight grade. It winds through thick patches of aspens and evergreens before passing by the alternative trail. The trail turns south and heads toward the magnificent Echo Cliffs. The Cliffs have a sheer drop of almost 1,000 feet. As the trail snakes to the west of Echo Cliffs, a side trail leads to a small seep. Water flows from the seep in the spring. Once past Echo Cliffs, the trail heads west and the grade becomes steeper as it makes its way across a slope. As you traverse the slope, you can see the destruction an avalanche can wreak on a mountain. Many trees and boulders are still misplaced by an avalanche that happened years ago. The trail flattens out as it heads toward the backside of Cathedral Rock. This is the easiest and most enjoyable part of the trail, a cakewalk through a forest, and you forget that you're 8,000 feet above sea level. Save your energy for the last quarter mile of the trail-it's steep. When the trail divides, go right on the unmarked footpath. About a half-dozen switchbacks leads to the top of Cathedral Rock. The view becomes more spectacular with every step. On the far NE side there's a place to sit and admire the view. Mt. Charleston Lodge lies 1,000 feet below and farther to the east you can see the desert floor. To the north is Mummy Mountain; to the NW is Mary Jane Falls, and to the west is Charleston Peak. If you eat lunch, you may have a visitor or two. This is the only place in the world you'll have the opportunity to see the Palmer Chipmunk. As hard as it is, resist feeding them. By feeding them they become dependent on humans for their food. In the winter the chipmunks must rely on their food-gathering skills or perish. Watch children closely at the top; the drop-offs are more than 500 feet at the edges. Railings have been erected, but they seem to entice people to climb down to them.


8 days ago

hiking

excellent trail in great condition


9 days ago

Arrived early, only one other car in the parking lot, happy to find flushing toilets! Nicely maintained trail, clearly marked, no water on trail, but there is drinking water available before you get to the trailhead. Beautiful views at the peak. I found the trail to be easy.


11 days ago

The view you get from a relatively short hike is amazing. Worth it.


23 days ago

hiking


1 month ago

hiking


2 months ago

Awesome hike and great views! Caught off guard by elevation!


2 months ago

hiking

First hike in a long time. Enjoyed it! Legs felt worked!


2 months ago

Nice weather in the summer


2 months ago

hiking

Great work out. Make sure to bring your strong legs and bug repellent.


2 months ago

hiking

Nice short trail with great views!


2 months ago

hiking

Hard on the way up but worth it, great view, decent amount of people on the trail. Easy on the way back for a good cool down.


2 months ago

Great short trail that is worth the elevation gain. It's amazing that this entire area is so close to Vegas. The temperature drop is a welcome change.


3 months ago

hiking

Beautiful strenuous hike


3 months ago

hiking

Great trail but the gravel is super slippery and tough to walk on...


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6 months ago

hiking

One of my all time favorite hikes in the Vegas area.

There used to be no parking available, & the cops just salivated waiting for you to 'illegally' park so they could ticket you. That was always such a downer. They now have parking available. The trail was closed for many years after a nasty Avalanche took out a bunch of the trail. Since it reopened they have added nice benches along the trail for resting. There's a seasonal waterfall about half way up. The trail splits off. To the left about 100 feet in is the waterfall. You can't get lost. Back there by the falls you can do some minimal rock climbing if you're interested. It's low impact, & fun. The main trail continues on to the right. The trail is well marked, & easy to navigate. It does tend to have an abundance of loose rock, & rolling gravel, so watch your step. The incline on the way up can be a bit tedious at times, always be mindful of where, & how you step, & take breaks along the way. The elevation catches you quickly too. Be sure to have lots of fluids, & a snack or two in a backpack. The final ascent to the peak is rough on the thighs, but well worth the rewarding view. This is a trail that I have done many times, & will continue to return to. It has spectacular views, & it feels great to hike it. The way down is pretty quick because of the grade. You'll find yourself sliding on the gravel, & almost running down at some points because the grade is pulling you down. Nothing too serious though, & a lot of fun, just be careful, & enjoy!


6 months ago

hiking

Short Hike up Castle Rock. Good for beginners to start the Summer Hiking Season with, and power those lazy Winter Legs. Fairly Easy if you just take your time. Steepish and twisty towards the top. The view is worth it.


6 months ago

cross country skiing

This was great! A little bit of scrambling and some narrow trail parts but I was able to take my crazy huskey who pulls me off cliffs and we did fine we got to the top in two hours and the VIEW was FANTASTIC!!!! SO worth it!


9 months ago

cross country skiing