Lots of switch backs which made the hike more enjoyable. The last mile to the summit is the most challenging in that you need to stay focused and plant each step securely. The views from the summit are worth the effort. Although I didn't use my trekking poles or gloves on the way up, I'm glad I brought them for the trip down for stability and maneuvering. Lastly, I'm 62 and it took me 1 hr 50 minutes to reach the summit and the same amount of time down to the car. Remember if you pack it in - pack it out.
The loop trail is best hiked ccw. The basalt boulders are easier to cross going up rather than down. We logged 6.6 miles on the loop from the Shadow Canyon access. This is simply the primo hike in the Henderson area-amazing vistas, challenging terrain, and easy access.
Such. Great hike! It's pretty easy till you get the the climbing part so wear good shoes and if it's sunny bring gloves the rocks get hot! Dogs are good on the hike my pit made it no problem. Definitely recommend this hike, the view is breath taking so it's worth the struggle up. Also check out the 402 trail! Not as high but just as beautiful!
7.1 miles round trip at 4hrs flat - bring water!
I'm so glad I did this hike, definitely a challenge towards the end, but worth it once you see the amazing view and the flag. If you're afraid of heights, the end may be a little bit of a struggle, but once you make it to the top, you feel so accomplished!
This is definitely one of my favorite trails! The view is out of this world beautiful!!! Pictures just don't do it justice. I spend 3-4 hours on the trail each time I go because I stop a lot along the way to enjoy the view.
Bring plenty of water & a light sweater if you plan to go mid-day during January. It does get harder to walk toward the top so make sure you come prepared & wear proper hiking shoes.