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Frenchman Mountain Trail

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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.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,139 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

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rocky
scramble
4 days ago

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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rocky
23 days ago

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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rocky
24 days ago

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!!

walking
rocky
29 days ago

Great views from the top of Sunrise mountain - lake mead, lake Las Vegas, the strip, all the way out to the racetrack. Climb up the extra 50 feet on a little goat path so you can see over the edge and have the full 360 degree view

extremely steep, started too late. turned back. start at dusk or before dawn.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is grueling for such a short trail. if it’s even remotely hot GO EARLY!! I started at 7:15 am and it was already hot. Bring at least 2L of water. The summit is beautiful, one of the best views I’ve seen in LV

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rocky
1 month ago

This wasn’t so much a hiking trail as a cell tower service road that belongs on IRT Deadliest Roads. It’s a very steep hike and is very sunny. Seriously this must be a 60% grade for the duration. There is some respite from the heat at the peak, which is a bit breezier and cooler. Most of the hike is a bleak schlep. I’m a bit out of shape so I needed frequent stops. Bring plenty of sunscreen and water, minimum 64 oz per person. The view is nice but do this hike for exercise and personal achievement more than anything.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Tough trail! View is worth it, though, IF, at the top, you go to the far set of antennae and scramble up a little goat trail to the ridge, you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views for miles. Take plenty of water when it’s sunny and hot. Pace yourself.

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rocky
1 month ago

Me & my wife start Hiking here around 3:55 am in the morning and we made it into very top around 6:30 am in the morning so it’s 2 hours and 30 mins including little rest. We stayed there for just an hour then almost 2 hours to go down total of 4 1/2 hours all together. Very stiff and rocky trail you should wear really nice shoes to this trail but when you reach to the top you’ll love it especially when is sunrise.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This is a difficult trail. When the reviews say wear hiking boots, wear hiking boots. I don’t own a pair, but will as this trail blew out my running shoes. Bring a good amount of water. My friend and I both went thru 2 liters each before we were finished. Make sure to go the little extra at the 2nd peak to find the blue box and memorialize your accomplishment! The way down might have been as hard as the way up. Go early before it gets too hot. Only been hiking since the first of April so I feel very accomplished.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

I did it for first time, it’s very hard but once you get to the towers, you’ll get the best views around the valley; I’ll go again next week!

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult, no shade. Bugs. Saw a big snake.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Good workout took about 3 and half hours. Need some good hiking boots for this hike

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