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Frenchman Mountain Trail

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Frenchman Mountain Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options 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
8 hours ago

We were visiting from Oklahoma and decided to do this as a short but intense workout and it definitely lived up to our expectations. The road was easy to follow and actually not that hard to get up and down despite having some loose rocks here and there. The views are amazing! We used Lyft to get back and forth to the strip and it wasn’t very expensive at all.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Pretty challenging indeed. Use this trail for a serious Butt-Burner workout!

it was magical. will 10/10 do again soon

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Now that’s what you call a real hike! It was an absolute test in perseverance. Reminds me of life, it gives you every reason to quit but if you keep going it will be all worth it. This definitely wasn’t easy but it didn’t disappoint for exactly the level of difficulty I was looking for today. Unfortunately I wouldn’t go again because the gravel are so big that you can twist your ankle if you’re not careful watching your step.

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rocky
1 month ago

Very hard trail with nice views

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Still one of my favorites! Trekking poles are a nice upgrade to this trail. Bring lots of water, especially if you’re going this week (aug. 19-25), it’s extremely hot and there is no shade.

hiking
2 months ago

It's a service road, but if you're looking for a great sunrise CV conditioning hike, it's a great way to start the day. Tough on the knees during decent. Use hiking poles if you have them.

hiking
3 months ago

steep climb on a service road, nothing to see until you reach the top... coming down is painful on the knees and toes.

hiking
3 months ago

Stepped off at around 07:00. Warm (average temperature for the trip was around 90 degrees) but not too bad. Was a nice breeze throughout the hike so definitely helped keep me cool. The climbs are tough but the down hills are worse (especially if your knees are worn out). A lot of loose rock makes coming down a little slick. The views are worth the effort to get to the top. I suggest hiking poles for the downhills. I watched a few hikers really struggling going down without them. Bring plenty of water. You'll use it.

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bugs
no shade
4 months ago

Amazing views, but really though one!!

hiking
4 months ago

Uphill right from the start. I found this trail to be very challenging while trying to maintain a descent pace. The trail is super easy to follow its wide you won’t get lost. The view from the top is gorgeous. The hills are steep with lots of loose rocks. I definitely recommend trekking poles for this one. Coming down was the real challenge for me. I kept slipping and sliding on the loose gravel.

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no shade
rocky
4 months ago

Perfect for a sweaty workout.

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rocky
4 months ago

Trail is as described in many of the reviews.....steep, loose rocks, gravel and almost no shade depending on what time of day you're hiking it. Definitely a good workout! Incredible view of summit from the second saddle. Took us two hours to get up there and one and a half to get down. I definitely recommend hiking poles to get you through the loose rocks. Great view of the Vegas valley to the west and to the east views of Lake Mead and Lake Las Vegas. Totally worth the climb!!!

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no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Great trail just didnt have enough time to hike the whole thing. Sunny and 86 degrees but the wind was crazy. Never felt like it was 86.

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bugs
rocky
4 months ago

So this trail is intense. It’s all uphill in the rocks. It took me about an hour just to get to the half way point for it didn’t even finish the hike I was so sore. But super fun and I’ll be doing it again for sure.

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no shade
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! beautiful view, definitely recommend it. It's a little rough but don't give up! the view is worth it.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

One review stated, "Not particularly scenic", & that is the farthest thing from the truth. I have hiked all over Las Vegas, & this hike easily has the most expansive, most panoramic view of the entire Valley that I have found. From the second tower, you can see everything in it's entirety on both sides. From the beginning, the trail breaks into two steep ascents; the first being from the road, & the second being toward the towers. A significant amount of this trail is loose gravel, so unless you're a fan of slipping, BRING HIKING POLES! This hike would have been far less enjoyable had I not brought them. Either way, fantastic, challenging hike.

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