White Rock / La Madre Springs Loop Trail is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Las Vegas, NV that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and birding and is accessible from September until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Discover this hidden oasis among vermillion cliffs, at the end of a creek bed path. If you've hiked the White Rock Hills Loop, you've seen the brilliantly colored red, vermilion, and cream colored rocks in this park-like area. They are located just E of the upper end of the loop trail. I don't recommend reaching this area from that trail; however, because many people have done that and created a myriad of foot paths which have torn up the slope. This boulder hopping route is fun and easy to follow. Water in the streambed isn't usually a problem - very rare and not very much water flows through here. There is some brush and trees you'll have to work your way through, but as long as you follow the streambed, you shouldn't have any problem. The park area itself is north facing and low, so ice and snow remain longer there than anywhere else on White Rock Hill. Be careful if you climb the cliffs above, they are rugged, much steeper than they look, and definitely not safe for children to climb around on. The park is a great little secret!
Trail is a pleasant hike overall, but not my first choice at Red Rock Canyon. As other reviewers have pointed out, there are stretches of the white rock loop which are relatively uninteresting views of desert and gravel. Aside from a bit of incline, the path is fairly easy and I would rate as moderate. The northwestern portion of the loop gives you some beautiful views and are certainly worth seeing. As for the springs, they weren't very impressive when we visited in November, but we were told that in spring after the rain, they are fuller and quite beautiful.
Beginning is all gravel. Pretty easy and boring. At the end you can go to the water fall and it gets a lot more fun and interesting Came across a nice-sized tarantula on the way back
Such a great hike. Beautifull views.
First mile is all gravel and sucks. Next three miles have great views and are fun. Last two miles are just ok. Don't do the spring it's just some murky water.
Great! Very beautiful trail!
This was a great hike!!! We calculated 9.7 miles in 3hrs. The scenery is beautiful!!!
Did the trail several times with my dogs. The best way to do is to start at the White Rock parking at the north east corner and hit the trail towards the north behind the mountain; this way you descend at the loose rocks as opposed to ascend. They are still annoying. The part with the parking for the picnic area is quite busy but it is a short walk and you are back on the trail fast. The trail itself is beautiful and versatile: at least 4 different types of ground cover from sand to rocks, red to grey and a great variety of vegetation from cactus to pines. Be careful in the summer: there is absolutely no shade on the south side and the temperatures are killing! Plus the snakes are out as well.
My friend and I hiked the loop with the out and back to La Madre Springs. La Madre Springs...getting to it is basically one long uphill walk on a thick layer of loose gravel...not the most exciting. The loop is beautiful, however, with fun sections of quick rises and drops in the trail. With the changes in elevation and amount of sunshine there's a wide array of plant life. We even saw a doe and fawn on the back side of White Rock.
Don't get confused by the washes that run through the trail.
You can start at the White Rock Spring trailhead or the Willow Springs picnic area...
An enjoyable, easy-going hike. The elevation gain is minimal and it makes for a relaxed hike. The trail goes though a few different character changes between the front and back side of White Rock: pines on the back, dried creek bed on the easterly edge, and open desert on the side near the scenic drive. Compared to other hikes in the area the views are marginal, but the trail itself is the real beauty of the hike.
This was a great hike! The light dusting of snow on the west side made the view even better.
Not that hard of a hike but a good up hills will challenge people. We went counter clockwise. People start packing in so start early.
Only area not really enjoyable was the people driving in on the south side of the tracks. Short area, not too bad.
We had fun! A lot of triathletes seem to love the trail as well!
I love how the panorama change from red rocks to white rocks. Definitely worth the hike. Thinking of doing it on bikes next time.
As a local, this is one of my favorite hikes in Red Rock Canyon. The hiker is treated to many of the microclimates of the region. There are several places to start this six-mile loop hike, but I strongly suggest you begin at the Willow Springs parking lot. You should walk east and go counterclockwise through the loop. This allows you to enjoy the southern hills first. You will pass through an area thick with wonderfully photogenic Silver Cholla cactus. You can go up to White Rock Springs if you wish. It’s invaluable to our wildlife but not really anything to see. From there you steadily climb up the eastern hillside to a saddle where the dirt instantly changes from whitish brown to dark red. Then you enjoy a nice downhill walk through the pines of the beautifully wild back canyon . The last quarter mile or so back to your car is along the road, but is gives you great views of the western wall of Red Rock Canyon.
For non-desert rats you will probably want to take this hike from October though June. If you can take the heat a summer hike on this trail is amazing. Bring LOTS of water!
One warning: In the springtime crowds overrun the place on the weekends and parking is almost impossible after about 9 AM. It’s much better to come on a weekday during this time.
Hope this helps!
This a relatively easy hike and has many beautiful and unique rock formations. You can also hike from the White Rock Springs parking area to Willow Springs which is a 4.4 mile hike. This area also has much desert flora in bloom in the spring.
It's a great trail to get behind the scenic loop. I love coming up here after it has just snowed. Easy , wide trail to follow. I may see one or two people out on trail the whole time I am hiking this.
Excellent trail on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Trail is well worn and easy to follow. Great views of White Rock and Red Rock Canyon.