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Best trails in Rainbow Mountain Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Rainbow Mountain Wilderness, Nevada? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 5 hard trails in Rainbow Mountain Wilderness ranging from 4.4 to 11.9 miles and from 3,645 to 7,198 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Rainbow Mountain Wilderness
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Top trails (9)
#1 - Mountain Springs Trail
Rainbow Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
Mountain Springs Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#2 - South Oak Creek Trail
Rainbow Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
With this route, you'll spend more time exposed on the lower slopes; which means it'll be hot in the summer daytime. This route is also used by wranglers giving horseback rides from Spring Mountain SShow more
#3 - Lovell Canyon Trail
Rainbow Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
A hike off the beaten path near Red Rock Canyon in the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness. This is an easy hike that takes you through some beautiful wooded area. There are a lot of juniper and pine trees Show more
#4 - Mount Wilson via First Creek Trail
Rainbow Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 6 h 20 m
Mount Wilson via First Creek Trail is a 10 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Blue Diamond, Nevada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number oShow more
#5 - Mount Wilson via First Creek and Hidden Bowl
Rainbow Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 5 h 19 m
Mount Wilson via First Creek and Hidden Bowl is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very Show more
#6 - First Creek Peak via Overlook Trail
Rainbow Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
This is a very remote and rough trail and may be more than you bargained for if you're used to well marked trails and signage. The best (safest) way is to go with someone experienced and knowledgeableShow more
#7 - Rainbow Springs and Overlook Trail Loop
Rainbow Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 5 h 39 m
Rainbow Springs and Overlook Trail Loop is a 11.6 mile loop trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hikingShow more
#8 - Sandstone Canyon Loop [CLOSED]
Rainbow Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Please note: users have reported this trail is closed. There is a $10 entry charge.Show more
#9 - Bridge Mountain via Lovell Canyon Road [CLOSED]
Rainbow Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 11.9 mi • Est. 6 h 59 m
It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more