Explore the most popular hiking trails in Desert National Wildlife Range with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful hike and really good for dogs and if you’re looking for some isolation. The gravel is really killer, especially on the way down.

3 months ago

Secluded trail, come prepared for steep broken shale on many parts. View on a clear day is the best around Vegas.

Great hiking trail but not enjoyable enough downhill riding for a bike to justify the hours long push uphill.

My wife, me, 6 and 8yo boys made it but the kids were so tired on the way down, we had to go slow and steady and help my 6yo to keep him from falling too many times. This was our first time to Gass Peak. Took us 6hrs (car to peak to car). But only recorded 3:40 of “moving” time. Went in Feb, weather was perfect and a little breezy.

great kid friendly trails near the visitors center.

Had a lovely time! My kids definitely enjoyed it!

walking
4 months ago

The trail is perfect for a hiker with a bad knee. We went on a windy day and still enjoyed the Visitor's Center and trail. If you're looking for a challenging hike this probably is not a place you'd enjoy.

camping
7 months ago

first time overnight backpacking! its was hard but we made it. would do it again. cheers

8 months ago

Fun. Go on a cool day. It can get hot. Lots of lady bugs when you get to the peak.

11 months ago

Not for the faint of heart, but f you're up to the challenge, you won't regret it.

backpacking
11 months ago

June 9, 2017 - I just got back from spending two days at the cabin. The trail to the cabin is amazing although quite rugged with loose gravel from 1" to 5" almost the whole way. Wear good hiking boots to protect your feet and ankles. The change in scenery from the desert floor to the cabin at 8000 feet is amazing. You start out in wide open desert littered with Joshua trees and end up in a forest with towering Ponderosa pines. There was a steady flow of water from the water pipe in front of the cabin. The cabin was in good shape and had lots of extra supplies, but it could use a fly swatter and some fly paper. The log books (journals) were filled so if you want to leave a message for future hikers bring another journal. It was 92 degrees at the trail head and 85 at the cabin, and 50 degrees in the morning.

hiking
11 months ago

I've hiked it about six times now, in every type of weather you could see up there (the last one needed snowshoes) and I've only not stayed in the cabin once. The trail is rough at first, but if you're an experienced hiker you can probably complete it in around 3 hours. This time of year you must bring a LOT of water. Overall it is a really great hike to do for a day, or a good practice hike for people wanting to get into overnight backpacking.

backpacking
11 months ago

Beware: The hike in will whip your butt. A steady incline of 2,000 feet for the entire hike up. My girlfriend and I started late afternoon and arrived right at dark, about 4 hours later. A lot of the initial couple of miles went from a mix of pea gravel to Rubik's cube sized washes. Bring a gallon of water AT LEAST. The spring was running today, but be prepared in case it dries out. Also, make sure you consume a lot of calories before the hike and bring calorie-dense trail snacks. It can be a very taxing hike if you're backpacking, especially when you're hiking in 95 degrees. Once you arrive, it makes it all so worthwhile. I loved it. Will definitely return.

Additional note: you'll drive about 18-19 miles on a dirt road so you'll definitely want some decent clearance on your vehicle, driving in.

backpacking
11 months ago

One of my favorite backpacking trails right outside of Vegas. The dirt road getting to the trailhead is very rocky. I drove the 16 miles in an Altima which was probably not the best decision and I will not do that again. Besides the road leading up to the trail, the trail is amazing. The incline stays constant traveling to the cabin (give yourself 3-4 hours to complete), but the hike back to the parking lot is a piece of cake. Did this hike late May and there was still water in the spring. Have fun!

backpacking
Friday, May 05, 2017

walking
Monday, May 01, 2017

I was looking for a walking trail nearby that I could enjoy with my dog. We went on the birdsong trail and had a blast. Plenty of pet stations available and lots of places to stop for a rest if needed. Trails are well maintained

off road driving
Monday, May 01, 2017

Great campground near. Super easy quick hike. Some concrete water basins and what looks like a livestock fence along the way.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Great hike. Definitely camping it next time

walking
Monday, April 10, 2017

I bring my kids here all the time. we love it because it's easy enough for toddlers to explore.

nature trips
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

This was an amazing nature walk with the pups! What a hidden gem! Hiked around the trail, pups played in the stream and learned some interesting facts about Nevada. This was incredibly beautiful and very peaceful. You can hear the wind in the trees and the gently babbling creek. So beautiful and right in our own backyard!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Awesome trail to ride! our dirt bikes did just fine through the terrain. It would've been nice to have an electric start and maybe a rekluse clutch definitely some technical spots. I would recommend this trail to all riders everywhere. The weather and cabin were beautiful and it only took a few hours to do the whole ride. Overall it was a great ride, enjoy bros

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Beautiful! Make sure you leave to make the hike about 5am, and on a weekday to avoid hikers at the cabin if you want to sleep in the cabin. Water is fresh from the spring, carve your name in the cabin if you so desire. The cabin is stocked for others to enjoy, but only use what you need and leave what you like for the next upcoming traveler. Motto ' Pass it forward'. Cougar sightings, so please be careful. Have a weapon and best to be with a group. Enjoy!!

backpacking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hiked it at the end of september. Cabin was well stocked with necessities. Spring was trickling with water which we filtered and used for cooking. Plenty of places to pitch tents or hang hammocks around the cabin. Beautiful ponderosa pines everywhere around the cabin area. A great hike that starts in the desert and ends in a pine forest. No fires allowed when we went but there is a wood burning stove in the cabin. At least half of the hike is in a wash so the climb is a bit strenuous especially if you are carrying a lot of weight. I would not rely on the water in summer months although it was flowing at about .5L/min while we were there.

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

Great hike and escape from the bustling life of Las Vegas.

camping
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Wonderful. Pack light, unless you will stay for a few days. You will not reach the cabin until 4-5 hours of hiking. Worth it though! Fresh water from the mountain trickles down through a pipe made just for all.

camping
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Difficult hike for beginners, especially when carrying too much gear.. Camped near cabin which seemed like we would never reach.. Overall, great experiance but it'll probably be a long time before I do that again..

birding
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Only 30 miles outside Vegas, only water around for miles. Water brings many animals to this location.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Longer than most maps project. Our GPS logged 7.1mi each way from trailhead to cabin. Water was running and cabin was in good shape.

hiking
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The trail is moderate due to the course gravel and rocks that line most of this trail. We spent the night near the cabin and spring.

hiking
Monday, August 25, 2014

The starting point on the map is in a wrong place...
The rough road finish on the top of the wash, just when start the canyon.
A wonderful trail beginning in a desertic canyon, then slowly, the forest appear, more and more thick, till the cabin.
Nice place for backpacking with just the sky, the forest and the mountains around...

No water at all all along the trail except some rescue reserves hidden in some trees and some drops after rain on the cabin fountain. Also, no found water by following the black hose on the left side of the canyon till the ridge...

A beautiful trail to do with a lot of water in hot period !

hiking
Saturday, July 26, 2014

From the Hidden forest cabin, there is 2 ways to join the hayford peak :
1- Turn left just at the cabin and find your own way to te ridge, then, turn right and follow this long ridge to the Hayford peak (My favorite way because you'll have the view .on the both side of the canyons..). When at the top of the ridge, take a moment to find a way to go down from the peak because there is hard cliffs on the far side...
2- Continue at the bottom of the canyon and find your way to the ridge on your left...(Nice way for descending !)

At the top of the Hayford ridge, there is a wonderful 360° overlook, from Utah on the north, to the Mount Charleston and Mumies peak area on the south..

No difficulties but a long long trail from the car parking to the cabin, then to the Hayford peak... Beautiful canyon and absolutely anybody in this vast area.

This hike is great because you'll start from the desert till a beautiful Ponderosa pine forest..

From the visitor center, there is a 1h30 min travel by car at last, on a rough road to the car parking.
No water at all all along the trail, except some rescue tanks hided in the pines, or some drops at the fountain near the cabin.

Taking care of weather forecast because of possible sudden flash floods in case of rain storm in some narrow parts of the canyon.
Lot of wildlife in this canyon all along the trail : lezards, dears, birds, jackrabbits...

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