Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

This was a great hike!

Fairly difficult but well worth it when you reach the summit!

Good trail. I'm a bit on the older side and out of shape. ut was able to complete this trail. if your in moderately good shape you should have no problems.

trail running
8 days ago

I did this trail roundtrip in 3:38 yesterday. I’m trying to see if I can beat my own time.

Very tough trail. This is not for beginners.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful trail, challenging and enjoyable. Views you must see for yourself.

hiking
14 days ago

The trail has some parts that were recently washed away by flooding. The original post for this hike says it’s 8.7 miles round trip but It is not accurate. It’s about 9.8 miles round trip. Overall it was a great hike and definitely will test your ability to perform in higher elevations.

My twin sister and I did this hike during LDW. The incline was intense and difficult, however we made it to the top. The views were well worth it. We used about 2-3 liters of water RT and packed snacks/sandwiches, had walking sticks (saved me during the last 10 mins going up the peak). On the way down took us 3 hours had we not stopped for pictures and Snapchat videos I am sure it would have been faster. Total time for us was 7 hours and on my heart app said I did 13.8 Miles. I am thinking this is because we had to park pretty far to the beginning of the trail since the parking lot was full. I will definitely be doing this hike with my husband and dog next time and of course my twin if she can come! Keep in mind there are a lot of switchbacks and the incline is intense, take your time and you’ll get to the top! Check our pics on IG @borntotwin

Great hike! Go early in the morning and you will miss all the crowd.

So much fun! The climbs was awesome and just when you think you’re done that last bit was so hard! Seeing the entire valley of Las Vegas was amazing! Well worth the hike hands down!

Nice views, a few steep hills. My old dog and I did it in 2 hours. Only downside is that you can see/hear the highway for 95% of it.

trail running
1 month ago

A great hike up and an even better run down! Beautiful views and highly recommended if you have several hours to commit to it. Those who are new to steep switchbacks will enjoy that this route has lots of great places to take a break.

Great trail. Some inclines, but not too gravelly or potentially muddy. Lots of flats to counter the inclines on the ascent. Not as "Mountain View Scenic" as Mary Jane or Trail Canyon, but nice for those who like a look at the flora. Hundreds of beautiful pine cones on our hike.

Great hike! We did this hike a month ago. prior to all the smoke. Amazing views. lots of switchbacks. Once you get to the ridgeline, that is a great place for a break prior to the final straight up push to the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

This IS the only open trail to Griffith Peak, but it is NOT the Griffith Peak Trail. The Griffith Peak Trail was never used all that much, and is still closed due to a fire some time back. The trail in question is most commonly referred to as the South Loop Trail, as mentioned in the body of the article. By the way, it's an excellent hike!

My dog and I both made it the second attempt to hike it. The top was steap, recommend poles or walking stick.

This hike was really fun. I took my six-year-old grandson and we were so excited when we found the first mine. When you arrive to the end of the trail and there is a metal sign posted on the big tree in front of you saying the owner of the mind you’re going to go right to get to the first mine which is a short distance. My understanding is the second mine is further up but you have to crossover a lot of debris and we chose not to do that. On the next trip we’re going to veer to the left at the mine sign on the tree
and follow the second spring up.

hiking
2 months ago

Led a group of co-workers for a little fun weekend outing; all skill- and endurance levels were represented, and we all got up to the top just fine. The trail gets busy and some parts are in open sun, so I recommend an early start. It's a beautiful trail with a great viewpoint.

Awesome hike! Nice trail that has few people on it.

Great trail and hike to help beat the heat of Las Vegas. Took 4 adults and 6 kids ranging in age from 3-16. They all did great. Many places to stop along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

I only marked it as decent because I could not finish the trail. I was only checking my app sporadically and wound up at Cathedral Rock (first time up these trails). I backtracked to the turn and headed for the Trail Canyon Overlook. The turn toward TCO is marked by a 4x4 post in the ground. If there was a sign it is no longer there. A little over half a mile later, it dead ends; right where the map shows a sharp right turn. There is no path there. I pushed through and came upon a built up manhole cover, but couldn’t go any further. I also tried scrabbling around the area to see if I could circumvent the growth, but no such luck.

Still, it is beautiful up here! I’ll give Cathedral Rock 5 stars.

Just got back from this hike. Worth every ankle busting, hamstring flexing, quad building step! The view is incredible!
The whole hike up is pretty much an incline and mostly made up of switch backs, you'll be feeling it in your thighs halfway through but keep going. The hike down will be rough on the ankles. My legs are pretty much jelly fish right now. Its closer to 10 miles total.
The scenery goes from okay to great. The fire took out a lot of trees and early on you may find it discouraging but if you keep going it gets a lot greener.
You'll feel a sense of pride when you've made it.

hiking
2 months ago

Your first step out of the parking lot and onto the trailhead results in an elevation gain. As will 99.9% of the next steps you take over the five-mile ascent. Make no mistake, this is a soul-crushing, quad-burning punisher of a climb. (For reference, I'm 45, 6'1", a not-that-muscular 225 and I do an hour of cardio every day) I'm writing this 5 days after the hike and I can still feel it in my legs. And it's totally worth it! The views are stunning, especially to a Las Vegas local. Cool to be able to see Pahrump and Vegas from the same vantage point. At the summit there were an uncomfortable number of bugs - made us curtail our stay at the top. We clocked this at 10.4 miles RT on two different Apple watches. The 8.7 listed on the entry no longer holds up because the trailhead has been moved due to the construction at the parking area. (I've suggested an edit to the site) This very steep trail was rough on the knees on the way down as well. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on draught at the lodge afterwards was maybe the greatest beer experience of my life. EDIT: 6 hours RT with lots of stops.

Beautiful hike! Perfect for dogs and kids❤️

hiking
2 months ago

Great place to get away from hot heat on moderately hard switchbacks good pay off

hiking
3 months ago

Great practice for high elevation hikes

Great trail. More of an incline than from the description. Beautiful beautiful. Did this with my 8 month old on my back.

hiking
3 months ago

As good as it gets. Great cardio. Awesome views. And a little price at the end of the trail.

Nice hike, steady climb after steep start, good shade. Two tiny springs at top still flowing. Great place to beat Vegas heat!

hiking
3 months ago

5/30/2017 Great hike. Snow is all gone on trail. Pretty steep even with the switchbacks. At top you can turn left and hit Griffith peak in about another 1/3 Mile up or turn right and dare to continue on to Mt Charleston for what looked like miles and miles all on an epic ridge trail. I was very tired and, with the elevation- chose left and even that was really grueling. The other reviews on this site are spot on so no need for me to add anything else other than BRING WARM CLOTHES it was cold and windy up there.

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