Echo Overlook Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Strenuous, lush climb up South Loop trail, among cliffs, aspens, flowers, pines Even though this is a strenuous hike due to the steep switchbacks and elevation gain, it is a beautiful trail from the very beginning. The fall colors are magnificent, but this is a great way to escape the summer heat because you are under trees the entire time. Aspens, cottonwoods and pines fill the avalanchute chute at eye level, while brilliantly colored wildflowers and lush green grasses cover the soil. Look for the large cave in the cliffs on your L as you cross back and forth across the side canyon, up the steep stone steps (do NOT take the gravel road to the L), and up the E side of the avalanchute chute, climbing rapidly towards Echo Cliffs. The slopes are generously covered with more flowers (lots of dark purples & brilliant red paintbrush), and you'll soon hear/see the water flowing down the falls/ledges back in the canyon toward the knob below Griffith Peak. The overlook is a great place to stop, relax, lunch, etc. but be very careful near the edge.
Extreme Trail, but loved it. Does take time to reach the overlook and back as the trail does not loop, so give yourself at least a 1.5 hours, to make your way back, depending on your fitness level, as you don't want to be making your way back in the dark on this trail. I always see Mule Deer on this hike, as long as you are not too loud, as they spook easily. Well maintained trail.
Currently closed due to fire damage.
You start out near a creek bed and start heading toward Cathedral Rock. A little bit up and down for the first 2 miles. Then you start swinging around the east side of Cathedral and through the construction area (this is really going to be beautiful when its done but pay attention to the signs on the way). About 3 miles in, you run into the switchbacks which are opposite the giant cliff face (can't miss it, just look up). The switchbacks gain you elevation quickly and the last long run (about .2 miles) takes you right into the over look. There used to be a giant log up there but today (5/2/13) it was gone (think someone used it for firewood) but there was a new fire pit built under a tree........