Grand Circle Adventure Trail is a 11.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Las Vegas: Travel ten miles west along State Route 159. The trailhead is located at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center.
This is a wonderful trail for endurance. It circles the inner valley of Red Rock Canyon, linking together many smaller trails.
There are many points of access to the trail. The most logical point of entry is the Visitors Center. This provides easy access and allows you to leave the park without having to travel the thirteen mile one-way road that circles it. As it is a loop hike one can start heading either east or west from the Visitors Center. I have travelled both ways several times and find heading west (clockwise) from the Visitors Center the more rewarding hike. This takes you through the central flatter area first, which can be perceived as boring when you’re nine miles into the hike and just want to get back to your car. You get wonderful views of the canyon’s dramatic western escarpment from here and have a more gentle ascent to the upper areas, which is great for the beginning part of the hike.
The maximum elevation gain is 1,655 feet, which is around 4,900 feet above sea level. This takes place almost exactly halfway through the hike at the White Rock Spring parking area. From there the descent through the midlands will give you plenty of privacy, even on spring weekends (avoid the park on April and May weekends if possible. It gets REALLY crowded). Then you get to finish the hike traveling through the rocky Sandstone Quarry region and the beautiful red rocks of the Calico area.
Give yourself plenty of time and bring far more water than you think you’ll need. You will love this hike.
Amazing hike with views of the desert, the strip, and mountains. Not a lot of elevation change but is difficult due to the length and condition of the trail. Be careful halfway cause once you pass the ranger station and get down the gravel road you will cross the scenic road and there is a sharp left you need to make once past the road. If you keep going straight and end up in the wash you missed it.