Marks Piece of Cake Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Las Vegas, NV that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Favorite secluded horse trail for easy escape from heat, nice for young horses This trail was built by volunteer horse owners/riders/groups from Las Vegas about a decade ago. Same with the rest of most of the trails that begin from Blue Tree Campground (primitive and wilderness area). Although bicycles, hikers and dogs are allowed on these trails at the present time, it is rare to see anyone that isn't on horseback. Be very careful to stay on the path and not bush whack -- a local black powder club holds their monthly shoots at Blue Tree. If you leave the piece of cake trail and follow the wash, you will come to an impasse as the canyon narrows -- backtrack and follow the path up the steep slope (can be loose soil & very rough) -- leave plenty of room between horses here. Bicycles should resist the temptation to cut around the trail -- this is a TOUGH trail for bicycles. If you find yourself following the wash bed, you're off the trail. The only place this trail follows the wash is at the base of the lower trailhead. Lots of trees & game.
I personally love this trail but the section of trail that is actually "Mark's piece of Cake" should be crossed with caution. There is a good dropoff to the right into a rock crevice and nothing to stop you if you or your horse slip, personally we get off and walk our horses down. Beautiful views, just need to go slowly and not tailgate each other. We did this section as the lead in into the Lower Deer Creek Loop which is 20 miles. Bikes are allowed on this trail which is why I highly recommend walking down this section, if you and your horse met one it could be disastrous if mounted.