Frenchman Mountain Trail

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Frenchman Mountain Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Henderson, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.9 miles 2401 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

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Great View of Las Vegas,Nellis Air Base & Las Vegas Speedway This is a very very steep gravel road. The best time to hike this would be Fall,Winter or Spring. After you get to the top of the false summit (great resting spot) and start down into the saddle look on both side to see some really nice barrel cati. Don't let the steepness stop you from going all the way to the top as the view is spectular. If it is a clear day you can see all the casinos to the SouthWest. Looking West is Red Rock and Mount Charleston. Then look NorthWest to see Nellis Air Base and farther North to see Las Vegas Speedway. The great part is if the Jets are taking off & landing at the Air Base.

hiking
7 days ago

Tough, rough hike that will kick you in the gut right from the start. The end result makes it worth it! Wear proper hiking shoes and have a celebratory snack, or drink for the summit. Coming down isn't easy, the loose rocks make it tough to keep footing. It's a workout!

12 days ago

Good trail. Rocks were not friendly but that's what a hike is too me. I loved it. Enjoyed myself. Good work out. Quiet. Kind of cold. Note tho that you will have to park in the dirt next to the road. But don't park in front of the gate. No one bothered my car while being parked there. There is no where else to park. Sooo yea.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful view, work the work to get to the top! Not easy, bring lots of water and some snacks. But so worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome Nature Stairclimber! Steep, loose rock, graded path straight up the mountain with an average 20% grade and try to be kind to your ankles and knees coming down. A really nice hike with very few other hikers due to the steep incline. Nice views of the desert and Las Vegas. Since this was December, no wildlife (i.e. snakes), and chilly in the morning (38 degrees F).

1 month ago

Great uphill run. Definitely coming back to use this hike as a training workout.

trail running
2 months ago

Nice run, but getting up to the summit involved a little bit of climbing.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

A solid hike that shoots you right up into an uphill climb from the start. There are some long stretches of uphill climb with loose rocks on the ground, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear.

while driving east on lake mead blvd you'll see a fence with steel wires for rope, that's where you'll need to park - there won't be any signs pointing to the trail.

You start off with a decent uphill trek, followed by a an even longer uphill climb followed by several switchbacks. At the top you'll feel as though you've reached the top, but will be surprised to find out you have another totally different hill to climb lol. Same pattern: long uphill stretch, followed by a few more switchbacks. But there is much better footing on the final hill so the climb up isn't that difficult.

Bring lots of water & some food to reenergize before heading back (especially if you're planning on doing this in the summer) - and enjoy the view at the top!!!

Overall this hike will give your legs an amazing workout, and the view at the top of Vegas is amazing.

Uploaded a few pics to give you a better idea~ (also a very short video of the hike for reference - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykoTwGsHY9k)

5 months ago

About an hour up, steep terrain but a great view at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

I like this trail due to the rapid elevation gain! great little exercise trail for those who want to get one in on the fly. the only down side to this hike is that there is a large saddle that zaps your morale!

9 months ago

the trail isn't that difficult, just a bunch of switchbacks. the view from the top is redeeming but there is little to see on the way up. There is a fair amount of liter and a couple abandoned karmenn Ghias along the way.

hiking
9 months ago

A steep camelback trail with a lot of loose rocks. Someone mentioned a walking stick ... I would second that thought. This one is a workout!!

hiking
10 months ago

2nd trip because I didn't have enough water for the 1st and results are still brutal, but I did make it. In total it's 5.8 miles long, not 3.4 as stated. Tips: have good hiking boots and trekking polls. Bring at least 100 oz of water, a snack, and wear sun screen. The views, I presume would be beautiful at night so I'll probably do it again. Overall, 5 stars for a sense of accomplishment and workout, 3 stars for the hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Brutal but glad I did it. Tip... Bring water and something with sugar as it's a lot longer than 3.4 miles, at least 4.5 miles but feels much longer. One guy passed out and for good reason. Moderate is putting it lightly. I'd place it in between moderate and difficult. Hiking sticks are a bonus and when you think you're at the top, you're not. You'll know what I mean when you hit first peak. Good luck.

1 year ago

Great view. I was literally the only person on the trail. Overall the hike took me about 2 and a half hours. I stopped and lunched, but the hike is steep, fun, but steep.

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1 year ago

I didn't stay on the road going uphill but followed the path towards lake mead. I was very disappointed. There was garbage everywhere. Clearly people use it to dump trash. It's was heartbreaking. What would have been a beautiful trail turned horribly wrong.

2 years ago

I made the mistake of doing this hike alone, & I ran out of water before I got back. Don't make the same mistake, especially if you hiking in the summer.the hike itself is above average, physically demanding, and will leave you breathless. The reason this hike is amazing is the view. When you reach the true summit, the view will knock your socks off. Absolutely worth it.