Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in Spring Mountains National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

5.12.18: snow is almost gone. No special equipment needed.

The details: Hiked 5/16/18. 55 y.o. hiking fit. 7 am start. 3 hours to summit, 5:30 RT. Snow is no longer an issue, just a couple of very small spots. I brought my yaktrax, and didn’t need them. T shirt up to ridge line where you make the left to GP. Very windy and cold from there, needed hat and gloves and a layer.

This is an awesome hike, my favorite in LV area. 360 views at the top. Very well maintained trail. No scrambling but very steep at the top. Have fun and treat yourself to a Buffalo burger and a beer at the lodge afterwards!

hiking
23 days ago

Summited 4/28/18 - as previous hiker said, lots of snow above 9k feet just after the second major overlook. The trail became completely obscured and we ended up following footprint paths in the snow directly across the switchbacks until just before the final bit of trail to the ridgeline. Trekking poles and microspikes helped us a ton and are highly reccomended. The snow often was up to our knees and there is currently no other way we could see to reach the ridgeline. Some footprint paths lead through more powdery snow that you can sink deep into, so be careful. Dirt on ground was damp from the snow melt and mostly had good traction, but was occasionally muddy and required extra caution. This was our first time hiking through this amount of snow and we felt confident as long as we took it slowly.

At the ridgeline, snow is melted away. A patch here or there on the final hike up to Griffith peak, but nothing that cant be walked around. Finding a safe route down was much easier as we already had a feel for the layout of the snow. 8 hours round trip for us from Cathedral Rock parking lot, including a break for lunch at the ridge line windbreak.

on Stanley B Springs Trail

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked to the peak 4/23/18 and ran into 2-3 feet of snow and ice once we hit 9,300. From the cathedral rock trailhead, it’s about 9 miles round trip.. Spikes were huge in helping us hit the top since the switchbacks became hard to follow once we hit the snow. Great views the whole time

Nice short trail, lots of trees and shade. Occasional creeks with running water.

Great, easy trail! Short but very nice and scenic. I was able to get to both mines without any problem. February 11th, 2018.

This hike is more than 6.3 miles when you stay on the marked trail. TONS of switchbacks. I tried to go the mapped trail on this app coming down and it was a bad idea for myself. It was along the ridge and some spots you would have to find another route to climb down because of small drop offs, very steep and I slid a lot. I did however shave off a mile of switchbacks but did not save any time since we had to be more careful climbing down.

it was windy and cold out early this morning it made for a nice hike, we only saw one other person. the hike was easy enough, my 8 year old did it. We did pick up trash on the way out and there is graffiti on the first part of the trail

hiking
4 months ago

Nov 21st. Challenging for an athletic/surfer from Puerto Rico. You pass thru many different types of terrain along the way and have to dig just a little deeper to reach the peak. Amazing view at "big turn" 9020ft and at peak. I came off the mountain on my head lamp. FYI, as it got dark passing thru the burnt out forest, the blackened stumps look like bears all around.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this trail with my wife and dog took about 3hrs to complete stopping often for pictures. This is a beautiful hike and fantastic way to get out of the city!

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is so far the best I’ve been to in Las Vegas. It took us 8 hours total for the hike and we enjoyed it. It was very cold from halfway up, so we didn’t stay long after getting to the top.

hiking
8 months ago

It is actually about 10 miles, if you start from the South Loop. Although, we only made it 2/3 of the way up, this trail is another steeep climb. Will definitely do it again and complete it the next time.

This is a great low traveled hike. Easy trail, lots of nature. End up at a pretty good spring. We didn't find the caves/mines, was to overgrown.

I started on Echo then turned to the right and ended up at Little Falls. I want to go back and finish Echo and get to the overlook.

Started with 95° at the parking lot, than at approximately two thirds of the trail started pouring, which turned into hail. We pretty much lost an hour waiting under a big tree to stay kind of dry while freezing at the 50°s. With all that time lost, still made it in 7 hours to the peak and back.
Beautiful views on higher elevation, especially from the peak!

on Echo Overlook Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Lots of switchbacks with a great view at the top.

hiking
8 months ago

Simple hike up a stream bed and back. It's fine, but no view at the top.

Great hike, super quiet trail. My kids (4 & 7) were both able to enjoy this one.

quick and easy trail! not likely to return again for hiking cause it's so short, but maybe to check out the climbing routes near the end.

Great hike with awesome views of Charleston, Lee peak and Mummy mountain. The hike is actually 9.6 miles round trip.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail. Total distance ended up being 9.2 miles from the parking lot to the peak and back. Lots of great views along the way. We don't hike much so this was challenging but well worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

South Loop Trail - An enjoyable hike. Definitely worth the effort to reach the peak. Lots of nice views along the way of Mummy Mountain, Mt Charleston and Kyle Canyon. Lots and lots of switchbacks, wildflowers, butterflies and charred trees from the forest fire three years ago. At the junction of Mt. Charleston Trail (right) and Griffith Peak (left) is the saddle area which is a nice shady spot to rest before mounting your last steep climb up Griffith Peak. Views from the top are well worth your effort. I found the hike back down more demanding on the legs, knees and feet then the hike going up. Bring plenty of water or whatever refreshment to stay hydrated and snacks to keep up your energy level.

hiking
10 months ago

One of my favorite hikes up at Mt. Charleston. Love the changing scenery not to mention a great workout.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice scenic trail with beautiful wild flowers, especially near the spring. We saw a deer and several butterflies.

hiking
11 months ago

What an amazing hike. To see how the area is recovering from the fire 3 years ago is incredible. Life always finds a way. Butterflies are everywhere. Look for the Sierra Nevada Blue. Who goes from a granite grey to brilliant blue when it takes off! Careful with the trail distance the multiple switchbacks extends the hike quite a bit. Well worth the effort. The colors of the some of the dried and fallen trees at the 10,000 ft level are spectacular along with the view overlooking Kyle Canyon which is breathtaking. Take care at the edge of the world it's a long way down from here. The weather is certainly better than the 100°+ down in the Las Vegas Valley...

hiking
11 months ago

Easy to follow trail and spectacular views. If you get an early start, you might get to see mule deer grazing near the path. The snow and ice is mostly melted, with only a nicely-compacted part to cross over near the beginning of the climb and a couple patches near the saddle between Griffith and the trail to Charleston, but those are easy to avoid or walk on. Happy hiking, this one will not disappoint!

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. Big payoff. Snow and ice still a problem above 9000' but manageable. I'll do this one again for sure.

hiking
11 months ago

Fun trail. It gets steeper the higher you go, with a fair number of large fallen trees across the trail up there too. Followed the right canyon past the mines, and up to the top on the right, about 8836'. Great views into the top of Fletcher Canyon, of Mummy's Toe, Griffith Peak, Harris Peak, and Fletcher Peak.

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

From 9120' - 10,658' elevation it was almost entirely ice and snow fields. Told that crampons and axe not necessary which was HORRIBLE beta. Loved the hike but the level of effort without the former went through the roof. Lesson learned!

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