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Frenchman Mountain Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 2,139 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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This is a very steep gravel road. The best time to hike this would be fall, winter, or spring. Don't let the steepness stop you from going all the way to the top as the view is spectacular. If it is a clear day you can see all the casinos to the southwest. Looking west is Red Rock and Mount Charleston. To the northwest you can see Nellis Air Base and farther north the Las Vegas Speedway. Keep an eye out for jets taking off and landing at the Air Base.

BLM Bureau of Land Management

The rough cut road to Frenchman Mountain is considered class 1, however Frenchman Mountain Northwest is considered class 2 and as such is a backcountry route! Safely hiking backcountry routes depend on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention to your surroundings. Your safety is your responsibility. In my pack: GPS, Camera, Cell phone and sunscreen. Headlamp and backup flashlight if hiking at night. Lunch and lots of energy snacks Water: 3 liters** (84 degrees F) take minimum 3-4 liters on a hot day. Good shoes for walking. Hiking poles help in the loose rock. Permit: NOT required

From Spring Mtn Blvd get on I-15 North and get off on the Lake Mead exit. Go East until you get to the mountains. Those will be Sunrise Mountains. In about 1 mile or so look to the South, Right and you will see a very steep gravel road heading up the mountain. Park on the outside of the fence and just start walking up that very steep gravel road. You will be able to see a metel pole with a gate about 10 min from the road. That gate has been open everytime I have been up their. Just follow the road until you get to top.

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Nick Delaney
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HikingRockyScramble

Second time rockin this rock, worth the view for the pain in the foot. Suggest trekking poles and sun protection. Minimum 3L of water.

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Jack M.
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Stephanie Balochko
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Hiking

Did anyone else’s GPS say this is closer to 3 miles to the top and 6 miles out and back? We hiked it this morning, great hike but both of our gps’s said 6 miles total and 3 miles to the top. Nonetheless, well worth the hike - DO IT!!!

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Michael Harrison
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Bird Watching

This is not for the faint of heart... leave early and beat the heat. I can promise you you’ll feel accomplished when it’s over.

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Nick Delaney
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HikingRocky

Worth it. Definitely have good footwear and plenty of water. Some loose rocks an inclines to be mindful of, especially coming back down.

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Noah Lipsky
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HikingRocky

I concur with the posters who say the trail is very rocky, with small loose rocks. It’s very steep in sections. I would’ve done my ankle a lot of favor if I had trekking poles. I slipped in the way down and rolled it pretty badly. Definitely worth the view from the top. It a challenging hike with a few ups and downs as well as switchbacks. I did it yesterday evening after work since it was cool out. It gets dark very fast. The last mile I had my phone flashlight pointed straight to the ground so I could see my steps. If you take it too fast, it’s very easy to slip.

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Anthony Giron
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Challenging hike, definitely come prepared with the right equipment for it is steep with a lot of loose rocks. Try to go as early as possible, the Vegas sun is unforgiving. Great view at the top!

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Chenay Haye
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HikingGreat!

Challenging hike with lots of incline and even more rocks. Watch your step, especially coming back down. I would recommend wearing the proper footwear and hiking sticks for stability.

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byron harold
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Hiking

Had a blast with my son on this hike. We assessed to the summit in 55min. I recommend going around the second antenna post. There is a path along the gate, then stay left continuing up along the gate where you have a full 360 immaculate view of Las Vegas.

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Shannon Michael
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Hiking

Killer but worth it. I went on this hike from 8pm-12:30am 90° ....I would never hike this during the day. Requirements: headlamp, 2L of water, and hiking boots! Expect to be sliding up and down this mountain.

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Sarah Sargent
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Katie Aguilar
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HikingNo shadeRocky

WOW, what a hike! We did this hike in the beginning of June 2020. In hindsight I would’ve picked a better time of year to attempt this, because it was HOT. Luckily we chose to hike in the evening so it wasn’t terrible once we got through the first leg and the sun was blocked by a mountainside. The ups and downs on this beast isn’t something to underestimate. Hiking shoes will be your best bet due to the amount of loose rocks. The view from the top is GORGEOUS at night. Pack plenty of water and electrolytes, especially if you aren’t used to the dry heat of Vegas, maybe a few nutrients in your bag as well. Better safe than sorry! Overall, I’ll be doing this hike again and again and again for the challenge!

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Teresita Servin
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HikingNo shadeRocky

If you start early enough you’ll be shaded for the first mountain but after that, ooooofffff. A lot of incline after more incline after more incline but with a steady pace and some breaks it’s doable!

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David Dunshee
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HikingRocky

Amazing hike. Very difficult especially in the hot sun in late July. Bring plenty of water. The views are worth every step.

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Bryce Screen
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HikingNo shadeRocky

One of my favorite trails in vegas. I’ve hiked it about 7 times and I know prettymuch everything there is to know about it. I even decided to haul some firewood up there once and sleep up there in the middle of winter (not a good night of sleep without a sleeping pad). I’ve done this trail in every season and I must say.... DO NOT hike this trail in the summer when the sun is out. If you’re guaranteed clouds all day then maybe. One time me and a few friends decided to hike it but we didn’t bring enough water. It was about 105 out, and although we were able to finish the trail, it was murderous. Overall, the views are beautiful and it is a truly amazing and challenging trail.

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Sara Madden
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Such a great hike! Did this one while visiting for the 4th of July, started hiking at about 8pm and finished up around 11pm. Views at the top were GORGEOUS especially because the whole city was lighting off fireworks. Make sure to take LOTS of water even at night, and a headlamp or flashlight. Watch out for wildlife as well: saw 3 scorpions and even a rattle snake but none of them gave us a problem thankfully.

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Bradley Ribaudo
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Amazing workout! This was probably the hardest hike ive done in Vegas area. Wont be the last time I do it but next time I am going to choose a cooler time of year. My only complaint about this trail is the loose rocks EVERYWHERE my ankles were sore after this hike. Pack water and then pack some more.

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Keegan Pettijohn
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Very tough uphill on mostly loose gravel so you're constantly working. The view should be seen tho! 360 for many, many miles in all directions. Wait til cooler weather and bring extra water.

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Ty Christensen
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No shadeRocky

steep and relentless, make sure to stretch and bring water. the hike continues when u wrap around the gate of the 2nd tower, a path is along summit and ends when you come to the cross in the ground, this summit hike is for the the true thrill seekers!!

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