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Cathedral Rock Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Charleston, Nevada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 954 ft Route type Out & Back

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Getting There

NOTE: This trail is closed during winter. Check with the park before visiting. 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.

Limited parking. $8 per car if you park inside of Cathedral Rock Picnic Area. If you park outside of Cathedral Rock Picnic Area, there's no fee. There's a restroom and Mt. Charleston Lodge is just down the road a few hundred yards.

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From the Mirage on Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip) go north 1.5 miles and turn west (left) onto Sahara. In less than one mile, turn north (right) onto I-15. Take I-15 two miles to US 95 north. Take US 95 north 14 miles to State Route 157. Go left on 157, drive past the hairpin turn, and turn right into Cathedral Rock Picnic Area. The signed trailhead is on the west (right) side of the road, less than 100 yards beyond the fee booth. The entrance fee is eight dollars per car. Parking is available across from the trailhead; however, it will full on weekends. Alternative parking is located on State Route 157 about a half-mile past the hairpin turn on the west side of the road. Theres no parking fee here. A restroom is located at the alternative trailhead. Do NOT park in no parking zones. You will get an expensive ticket. Walk south on the road into the signed Cathedral Rock Picnic Area and continue a few hundred yards to the signed trailhead.

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Cristian Velasquez
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HikingBugs

Its a good hike its not to hard but not incredibly easy, good beginner challenge and good quick hike for someone experienced. The view at the top is cool and chipmunks are all over the place

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Charlotte van der Nagel
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Hiking

Nice hike with great views at the top. Great to get away from the Vegas heat for the afternoon, pretty crowded though.

Allyson Hinz
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Carlynn Mazon
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Hiking

Great hike!!! Amazing views at the top. We did not expect to go as high as we did. The views were spectacular. Very easy moderate hike. Did not take us as long as we had thought. Well worth doing again.

Kristian Pangelinan
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Hiking

Great trail, definitely have the app ready for navigation as it does dork off a couple times.

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Allison Clark
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HikingBugsGreat!No shade

forgot to stop the recording veiws are amazing. hellla steep!

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Alexandra Jun
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BackpackingRocky

Beautiful views when you make it to the top and lots of very friendly chipmunks. The first 1.5 miles is straight up hill and gets pretty rocky at the top. The trail is pretty populated but we did it with a 4 and 8 year old in tow. Worth the climb for sure!

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Christopher Carlough
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Hiking

Little shade. Seemed shorter than when we did it last year in May after the avalanche. Great hike. Friendly people.

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Carrie Helms
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Hiking

Great hike! Mild incline the whole way up, beautiful wooden benches to rest around every corner. Pretty wildflowers and lots of shade. Much much cooler weather in Mt. Charleston, a nice escape from the Vegas heat. Smoked a joint on the tip-top of Cathedral rock :) much easier on the way down. Don’t forget ya water!

KAREN GALLAGHER
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temp about 66degrees while Las Vegas at 106deg!!!

Brianna Grindstaff
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Chelsea Robbins
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Hiking

This trail is steep the whole way up. We are from CO and it definitely reminded me of hikes near Boulder for its steepness going up and elevation gain. There are steps and such to make the really steep places doable, though, even for kids. There’s a moderate amount of shade and the view at the top is nice. It’s a wide well marked trail with lots of places to stop and rest on the way up. The rocks and gravel can be slick and slide out from under your feet so we did find ourselves wishing we brought our trekking poles at times. The trail was definitely crowded with people, but this may not always be the case. There are many area trails (and campgrounds) closed due to wildfires and risk of wildfires, high temps down at lower altitudes, and it’s a holiday weekend so that could all be contributing to how crowded it was. We did have to wait a few minutes to get a parking spot when we started at 9:20 AM as only the Echo lots were open (the main parking lot was closed and all the bathrooms were closed). I would go for an earlier start next time, too. I don’t know if we’d do this one again, but would recommend it for kids and families as it’s wide and well marked and not super long.

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John B.
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Definitely a bit aggressive near the top but views were worth it. Great place to picnic if you plan ahead.

Angelica Hall
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Hiking

Super exciting! My first real hike. Pretty much all incline, but worth the view at the top!

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Ryley Gray
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HikingRocky

Great hike with an amazing view. Starts off steep with switchbacks. Well worth the initial grind once you get to the top. Trail was probably a good 10-15 degrees colder than nearby Las Vegas. Great way to escape the heat!

Kelseey Lit
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Hiking

Great hike! definitely beautiful view .

Jess M
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Teresita Servin
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Hiking

Súper fun and short hike! Not a long distance but a hell of a steady incline!

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Field Diamonds
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Hiking

Super fun hike with great views! I think there’s two parking lots. We arrived on Sunday morning at about 8am & the first lot was packed. It was insane by the time we finished. I would rate this as a hard-moderate hike. The elevation gain is definitely the hardest part.

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Kaci Marie
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Hiking

One of my favorite trails because of that view from the top. It has some good elevation gain so keep pushing through because it is worth it!

Ashley Nguyen
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Hiking

My favorite hiking trail in Mt. Charleston! Whatever you do, KEEP PUSHING. Don’t stop! The view from the top is worth it all. If you’re a beginner hiker, this trail is mostly incline and a lot of switch backs. Make sure you pack plenty of water and wear appropriate shoes. Ground can be slippery in some areas (loose rocks).

Brian Maka
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Hiking

Good trail. Steep for the most part, but doable for most people. I went with non-hikers and they had to take a few breaks on the way up but made it all the way. I recommend this hike over the waterfall hikes during the summer.

Rickie Robertson
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Hiking

Well maintained trail that is stable. Steep trail in beginning. Great views of the valley and cliff faces. There was a little water spot towards the end off to the right. My 6 year old went up with no problems.

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Tanner J.
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Matt M
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Hiking

Another beautiful hike @ Mount Charleston - wife and I took our 3 boys (6. 10 & 13) to the top of Cathedral Rock! Fantastic breezy day with crystal clear skies! A must trail for all, but be aware of the pitch for the youngsters.

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Steph Moxley
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Hiking

Loved this trail! Went with a friend and we took my 8 year olds up today. It was steep, but we made it to the top and it was worth every step! Will revisit this again soon!

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