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11 minutes ago

Very easy to get lost! Don’t do this hike if you’re a beginner. Super beautiful at the top though!

Gorgeous hike. Don’t leave anything in your car though. Ours got broken into even though nothing was showing.

Really fun. Dogs are allowed, but it is very hard on their feet. Every time I go, I see a dog with bloody paws, so I would not recommend bringing them unless you have booties or are planning on carrying them much of the way.

Very easy. Could be longer. Kind of windy during January.

Amazing 360 viewpoint. I highly recommand

My favorite hike at Red Rock so far. It is fairly easy with only a small amount of low-level scrambling in some places. I've seen small dogs and 9ish year olds complete this trail so it's not too challenging.

In the spring, got lucky and saw big horn sheep traversing the walls around us. There were two ewes and a lamb!

Just be careful in winter when the snow makes the rocks slippery and be mindful of the water during the thaw or heavy rain.

I love hiking. I also love Las Vegas. Normally I don’t like to mix the two. However, my girlfriend was insistent we “get off the strip for fresh air” so we selected this trail.

Don’t underestimate it like I did (with jeans and a Vegas hangover). It’s only 5ish miles but hikes like longer. Views on the top are incredible and worth every second. I’m very glad I did it. Although most in the hiking community are incredibly friendly, we met some extra fun people along the way. We also decided that every Vegas trip going forward will include one of the Red Rock Canyon hikes.


First mile and a half was fairly simple to navigate and not too steep. Most people out of shape would likely struggle but if you hike, run or lift weights regularly, you’ll be fine.

Once you reach the actual mountain side, complete with switchbacks, the app will come in handy for anyone (like myself) newer to hiking, as it’s very easy to go much tougher, dangerous ways [I experienced on my way down]. There are occasional rocks with orange/blue/white spraypaint on them but it’s easy to create risky, steep routes to get to the next one if you’re not experienced. I met 2 young ladies who started at the same time but I only saw them at the top 30minutes later because they went off trail. The app allowed me to check that I wasn’t going way off. Overall, my ankles were definitely tested as the simplicity of Calico Tanks did not compare to these unforgiving angles uphill.

After lots of gravel areas, you’ll near the peak and it becomes easier to follow as the brown, treaded soil is visible. Breathtaking views await you atop. You can see the strip and all mountain tops within your eye’s reach due to the +6000ft elevation. Open the canister and sign the visitor log if it fancies you.

Coming down is partly fun, partly nerveracking due to the ease of no longer climbing but increase in slipperyness. Beware those with any knee discomfort. Hopefully you’re good at backtracking. My phone died at the summit due to the GPS draining battery so I decided to follow others once I noticed myself jumping/dropping down while they were just walking down it 10 meters beside me.

well maintained trail system

6 days ago

One of the must do trails in Red Rock!

6 days ago

One of the must do trails in Red Rock!

Couldn’t make it the whole way due to heavy rain. Saw quite a few waterfalls along the way.

great hike, loved the rain and the over cast. clean and quiet

Nice view from the top

11 days ago

Nice Hike! Lots a boulders different sizes, different ways up and down the trail, you can hear the water fall as your approach the end. Lots of shrubs and tall trees through to help support along with huge boulders to climb.

11 days ago

absolutely gorgeous hike. we saw lots of interesting flora and the absolute quiet in the canyon was so astounding. the trail was so fun to scramble thru up and around. there was a great little water fall at the end of the trail, but the trail itself was more scenic than the endpoint. I would definetly recommend to people who are up for the scramble. I wouldn't recommend for those with young children

Great trail with a bunch of scrambling and bouldering. Can be made easier by following side trails but where’s the fun in that?

Definitely worth it to finish the hike by climbing up the small water fall at the end.

Great view at the top. Sicking to the left during the climb and following the trail markers will make the climb easier.

We made the mistake of going to the right and ended up doing a difficult scramble to get the the saddle of the peak.

The registry at the top has some great comments. Definitely worth the effort.

16 days ago

Fun rock scramble, waterfall is awesome at the end, however if your hiking it in the dark make sure not to lose the trail (pretty easy to get off the trail and lost in the dark :)

21 days ago

Great hike... definitely some work on the way up and tricky with the loose rocks on the way down. Totally worth it tho and great views all the way through the hike. Perfect weather too.

23 days ago

I’d maybe give this trail closer to 3.5 stars for navigability. My fiancé and I hiked it on Dec 31st, so it was chilly overall and freezing at the top (some snow and ice, and ferocious winds)! The views are worth the trek and it’s pleasantly challenging (we hike 2-3 times per year and generally stay active otherwise). The majority of the ascent appears fairly well marked, until you get to the backside (east side) of the mountain. Then the orange spray paint markers disappear and it becomes difficult to keep track of the trail. The way down was even worse—the descent is not well marked at all and it felt more difficult to physically see the trail among all the scattered rocks and dirt (plus the sun was low in the sky which made visibility worse). We only lost the trail 1-2 times on the way up, and found our way back fairly easily. We lost the trail somewhat drastically 3-4 times on the way down and had to scramble off trail until we found our way back to the trail. Between the cold temps, the slippery loose rocks, and the ease with which we lost our way, a majority of the descent felt more stressful than fun. But since the canyon is wide open and you’re hiking to the highest peak in the area, it’s easy to navigate overall—you’re in no danger of getting completely lost. It took us 3hrs 15min door to door from the car. We kept a relatively brisk pace and paused occasionally to take photos or drink some water.

Not a trail runner, but attempted this as a trail run. If you use this app to keep on the trail you shouldn’t have any issues, there appears to be several variations that eventually merge back on to the designated trail IF you do get off trail. Follow the pink/red arrow markers on the rocks. It loops up and across the ridge of turtlehead peak. Several other people we met missed this and we thought it was the most fun part! Would do this again. Took us two hours from start to finish.

Nice hike with an incredible view from the top. It can be easy to get off track if trail markers aren’t followed closely.

Trekking poles recommended to make the way down easier on the knees.

26 days ago

Great Hike!

29 days ago

Hiked this after Turtlehead Peak and enjoyed it a lot more. No views of the Vegas strip but the scrambling is really fun and it leads to a nice waterfall.

Good hike that is easy to follow at first but can be tricky to know if your on the right path at times. There are white and green dots that you’ll find, but even if you diverge it seems that you’ll eventually get to where you need to be. Loose rock in places which is little more dangerous on the way down. Great hike overall though!!

First third is an easy stroll, second third is moderate over boulders, and the last third scrambling over huge rocks and steep rock face to the pool is hard. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and would do it again.

Dad and son (Rory) from the Gold Coast Australia did this hike this afternoon (Dec 18th). Yes it is hard in that it is a sustained climb the whole way to the top where the fantastic views are your reward. We pushed the pace and completed the hike in 2 and 1/2 hours as the rest of the family was waiting for us back in Vegas to do the more usual Vegas stuff. We are pretty fit but it hurt going up for sure. No real exposure here and if you really took your time it may rate as moderate as it is quite straight forward. Red Rock Canyon is well worth a visit and a nice break from the filth and fury of the Las Vegas strip!

1 month ago

Changing scenery. Fun beginning and phenomenal view of Las Vegas. I’m sure view would breathtaking after sundown!

This trail was very challenging. Took me 3 hours to get to the top. At the top was a canister with a notebook filled with names of people who did the trail. Definitely will do this trail again.

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