Cathedral Rock Trail

MODERATE 166 reviews
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Cathedral Rock Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and horses and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1315 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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From the signed trailhead the trail starts in a westward direction at a slight grade. It winds through thick patches of aspens and evergreens before passing by the alternative trail. The trail turns south and heads toward the magnificent Echo Cliffs. The Cliffs have a sheer drop of almost 1,000 feet. As the trail snakes to the west of Echo Cliffs, a side trail leads to a small seep. Water flows from the seep in the spring. Once past Echo Cliffs, the trail heads west and the grade becomes steeper as it makes its way across a slope. As you traverse the slope, you can see the destruction an avalanche can wreak on a mountain. Many trees and boulders are still misplaced by an avalanche that happened years ago. The trail flattens out as it heads toward the backside of Cathedral Rock. This is the easiest and most enjoyable part of the trail, a cakewalk through a forest, and you forget that you're 8,000 feet above sea level. Save your energy for the last quarter mile of the trail-it's steep. When the trail divides, go right on the unmarked footpath. About a half-dozen switchbacks leads to the top of Cathedral Rock. The view becomes more spectacular with every step. On the far NE side there's a place to sit and admire the view. Mt. Charleston Lodge lies 1,000 feet below and farther to the east you can see the desert floor. To the north is Mummy Mountain; to the NW is Mary Jane Falls, and to the west is Charleston Peak. If you eat lunch, you may have a visitor or two. This is the only place in the world you'll have the opportunity to see the Palmer Chipmunk. As hard as it is, resist feeding them. By feeding them they become dependent on humans for their food. In the winter the chipmunks must rely on their food-gathering skills or perish. Watch children closely at the top; the drop-offs are more than 500 feet at the edges. Railings have been erected, but they seem to entice people to climb down to them.

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16 days ago

I do this to test out my gear due to the step gain going up but it's short. Once you are half way in the fork on the trail you can see a small water fall on the left. Little snow melting. Once you are on top it gets real busy. Some time there is a ranger just chilling up there I always ask what's the next trail to venture to.

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16 days ago

Good hike. My Garmin gps registered 900' assent. Not 1300'.
Great view. Moderately strenuous. 1.2 miles each way. I would recommend water, snacks and a pack less than 15 lbs unless you are in excellent condition.

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Beautiful views from the top and certain spots on the way up.

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1 month ago

Butt burner all the way to the top but view and the chipmunks at the end make up for it. Very well marked trail that is easy to follow. I enjoyed the hike but it's not a repeat trail. It's a good, one time experience.

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1 month ago

Nice incline to the top with spectacular views!

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