Cathedral Rock Trail

MODERATE 233 reviews

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 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.

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

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

bugs

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.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails. Beautiful sites to see and a wonderful summit.

Amazing trail! Very steep but the views are worth it. The clouds moved in about halfway up unfortunately and while it was fun to hold in the clouds, the view from the top was just grey in every direction. I'll definitely be coming back in the Spring!
March 10, 2018.

hiking
2 months ago

Awsome view! Great hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Nov. 21st. Great warmup to the canyon. I used it as warmup for Griffith Peak. Depending on the time of years, get an early start to make sure you get both in before dark. I'm from Puerto Rico and my pace was off. I finished Griffith on the head lamp.
Wild pack of chipmunks on the peak.

4 months ago

Great hike and not too difficult if you are in moderate shape. It can get steep and times but the view at the top is well worth it. Once you hit the stairs your almost there so push through!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, loved it, once you get to the top it’s beautiful up there, definitely worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

Trail is well kept, a bit steep during some stretches. Great views along the way and from the top.

5 months ago

I found it difficult because I have bad knees but when you get on top of the mountain the view is totally worth it

6 months ago

Amazing view and nice hike.

hiking
6 months ago

The Aspen were spectacular today!

6 months ago

Great hike. Great views. Moderate workout. Some parts more intense than others but not for long stretches.

7 months ago

Very beautiful trail! Easy path to follow!

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous up here!! I'm a beginner when it comes to hiking and was a little intimidated but it was definitely easier than I I had thought!!

hiking
7 months ago

We got caught up in a thunderstorm, but it was still a great hike and our dogs loved it!

7 months ago

Lots of up hill on this short hike. trail is very easy to follow. Awesome views from the top.

7 months ago

nice gravel trail. no boulders to scramble... amazing view at the top

hiking
7 months ago

Easy hike ,beautiful views in any direction.

8 months ago

Short hike but the incline did work on my quads after leg day at the gym.

hiking
8 months ago

Steep incline hiking up be prepared watch for loose rocks and gravel have good traction on shoes and bring plenty of water great view of the residential area in mt Charleston once you get up to the top of the mountain trail! Have fun good luck

hiking
8 months 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.

hiking
8 months 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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months 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.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice incline to the top with spectacular views!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trees and amazing site to see!! And made it to the top! Weather was great!

hiking
9 months ago

Ha... meant to hike Cathedral Rock. went to a hike South Loop by accident! The view was ok:) good exercise!

hiking
9 months ago

The trail has a pretty steep incline at parts but the view was definitely worth it!

9 months ago

Awesome, well worth it, easier than it looks

hiking
9 months ago

From the trailhead to the peak it's a steady and moderate incline with resting benches along the way. Great views all along the trail of Mt. Charleston, Echo Cliff, Cathedral Rock and the valley below. Switchbacks with steps make up the last 1/4 mile to the top. Nice view from the top. Although the hike can be done without trekking poles, I'm glad I brought mine..personal preference. Bring enough water for the entire hike. The main trail could be better marked especially where side trails branch off. Overall, an enjoyable hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Great moderate trail nothing too technical, but can be listed more moderate to hard depending on the hiker.

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