Although this area is signifcantly smaller than the adjacent Mt. Charleston Wilderness and La Madre Mountain Wilderness, the terrain consists of beautiful vertical red and buff sandstone cliffs, capped by limestone in some areas, that are deeply incised by narrow, twisting canyons carpeted with vegetation. The area contains one perennial stream. Elevations range from 4,400 feet to some of the high points including Mount Wilson at 7,070 feet and Rainbow Mountain at 6,924 feet in elevation. This wilderness is located approximately 12 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada, and is jointly managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. GEOLOGY Here you will find Jurassic sandstone cliffs with great examples of cross-bedding, which reveals their origin as sand dunes. You can also find older limestone that has been thrust over the younger sandstone. The geologic scenery of the wilderness is associated with the Keystone Thrust which extends for more than 45 miles through the Spring Mountains. FLORA AND FAUNA The range in elevation in this area provides for a variety of life zones. Here you can find ponderosa pine, pinyon pine, juniper, ash, manzanita, silk tassel, bitterbush, apache plume, scrub oak, willow, and hackberry. This range in habitat and the area's unique geology and microclimates support several endemic plant communities, plants that are found no where else in the world. With a keen eye you can spot desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, gray foxes, ringtails, rock squirrels, white-tailed antelope squirrels, and Merriam's kangaroo rats. You may also spot golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, Cooper's hawks, great horned owls, Anna's hummingbirds, yellow warblers, western tanagers, and black-throated gray warblers. CULTURAL SITES High concentrations of rock art, including both petroglyphs and pictographs, add to the uniqueness of this wilderness area.

This was my favorite part of working in Pahrump for the week! Beautiful and challenging lil climb with awesome views :)

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing veiw from the top! Steep incline through out the trail but well worth it!

nice hike with beautiful views and very few people

hiking
5 months ago

BLM 6641'/Totals: 5.9m in 2:15, med stride. Scarpa Crux, BD Shock Sticks, 2 shepherds and off we went without seeing another soul for the entire 2.5hrs. Nothing better. Only recorded first half of hike - back half is identical.

Great hike with rock scrambling and navigating the ridge. A few cairns mark the way but the trail is easily lost. Just keep along the Ridge and continue up. I did follow a white rock Zion-esque formation down a canyon but did not spot any arches. It’s a great place to scramble and explore

Beautiful from the top! There wasn’t one human in sight :)

Great trail for views and a medium climb. Went with a friend and dogs in December and only encountered two other parties on the trail. Well marked and fun.

hiking
6 months ago

...so I returned to this trail and followed it further. if you follow the faint trail past the rock cairn and geological survey marker you will pass a natural arch and the trail begins to descend steeply into a pocket of slickrock known as Little Zion. There needs to be a trail on Alltrails for this. it's too cool.

I love the beautiful scenery and easy pace of this hike. So many trees and nobody else was there.

Awesome trail! A no-nonsense, mostly-uphill approach leads to incredible views and some sandstone scrambling to the summit. While it might be tempting to stop short of the slabs, they are easier than they look and well worth the views at the top.

Note that despite the name, this is not Rainbow Mountain, which is well north (other side of Mt. Wilson). I checked several sources and couldn't find a name for this feature. It seems unnamed.

Also, I'm not sure where Tori went, but we followed GPS for this and it was right on. With our summit wandering, our track came in at 5.5 miles. I'd estimate anywhere from 2 to 5 hours depending on your level of fitness.

Beautiful view!!

hiking
10 months ago

This is an amazing secret hike. the previous recordings are all wrong and don't complete the trail which is over 8 miles out and back. the trail follows a ridge that leads to a small natural arch and amazing views of the las vegas valley and red rock canyon. great trail if you hate seeing other hikers

horseback riding
11 months ago

Nice trail for horses. Wonderful views of trout canyon from above. We were the only ones on the trail but hikers with dogs unleashed were just coming off as we approached the trail head. Always use cation and be aware of others when rounding corners.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

A lot of uphill leads to amazing views and an overall awesome hike

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Kinda like the back of mt Rushmore

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Was a little worried at first this hike was going to be boring but the views improved near the end. Be ready for no shade. Good point at the end to sit and enjoy the view of the Vegas Valley.

backpacking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

This was a great hike this morning. Good breeze, enough people that I wasn't nervous hiking on my own. Lots of uphill, good climbs. I kept going at the end of the trail and did what I like to call "baby bouldering" to the summit cairn with the ledger.

walking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

My only problem was it's definitely not stroller capable!!! It looks like a decent trail. I can't wait to try it with a pack for my baby instead of trying the stroller. A fellow patron had just came down and said the stroller won't fit he doesn't think but to try it. So we did and it didn't work HAHA. So just a heads up.

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

Beautiful views offered a great escape from the city!

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Great hike and views of the Vegas skyline at the top!!!

hiking
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My husband and I are hiking newbies, so at 5.5 miles this was a bit challenging. It's an excellent work out; it took us exactly 3 hours to complete.

There are quite a few fallen trees that you either have to go under or climb around, but nothing crazy.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Spectacular view at the top! A good 20+ degrees colder and much windier up there too. Totally worth it!!

hiking
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Follow the trails! It's definitely worth the hike. However it's definitely not an easy trail to hike. Make sure to bring water and snacks!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Excellent trail system for hikers and horseback riders alike. We often see cat tracks overlaying our horses hoof prints so make sure and keep your dog on a leash if you take one. Good chance to see elk and deer.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hiked the Lovell Canyon trail today - great weather, fairly well marked trail. Heard elk bugling on the trailhead side of the mountain both going out and coming back....

hiking
3 days ago

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