Cathedral Rock Trail

MODERATE 56 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked this trail earlier today and loved it. Scenery is beautiful. A bit chilly in the morning but warms up. Definitely recommend. View is beautiful

2 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

My favorite hike so far, beautiful views

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike definitely go early the temperature does get warmer and it can be a bit more difficult. This is a constant incline going out. The rocks on the trail will be tough on the feet going back down.

15 days ago

Not too bad of a hike. There are some areas where the incline is more difficult than others and the high elevation makes it difficult to breathe at times but the top is definitely worth it! Scenery going up was also beautiful as some of the leaves were starting to change colors. I do think Mary Jane Falls is harder but that's just my opinion. Happy Trails!

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful hike. I always make sure to take a sweater and sunscreen. With the elevation it gets quite cool, even though the sun is beating down on you. Can be a little hard as you get close to the top since the air gets a little thinner.

hiking
19 days ago

Great view and a challenging trail. But too much loose rocks. Still, an excellent experience.

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19 days ago

22 days ago

I enjoy this trail in fall, the colors are changing and really pretty. It's a great overlook at end.

hiking
1 month ago

excellent trail in great condition

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Nice weather in the summer

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Nice short trail with great views!

hiking
3 months ago

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.