Griffith Peak Trail

HARD 32 reviews
#19 of 114 trails in

Griffith Peak Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3625 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

Strenuous 3,100' climb with spectacular 360 deg. view at peak (Calif to Ariz) You begin to climb from your first step onto this trail, but you hike through some of the most lush, forested areas in these mountains. Whether you marvel at the rugged cliffs, wonder at the caves and it's possible users, listen to the water rushing over the rocky ledges back in the canyons; or just revel in the colors of wildflowers & grasses at your feet, the smell of pines, or the sounds of birds, butterflies, and the wind rustling through the aspens; every aching muscle will be worth it on the South Loop Trail. This is the easiest route to Mt. Charleston Peak (8 1/2 miles), and "just" reaching the crest of the ridge (4 miles up) and the lush meadows area (1/2 mile further) is a great sense of accomplishment and joy. This is a perfectly acceptable trail for seasoned and conditioned horses (only a few rocky, narrow spots), but there is no water along this route so you'll have to pack plenty. Harris Springs route is easier but not prettier. Sign in book at the peak

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25 days ago

Great hike with awesome views of Charleston, Lee peak and Mummy mountain. The hike is actually 9.6 miles round trip.

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28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Total distance ended up being 9.2 miles from the parking lot to the peak and back. Lots of great views along the way. We don't hike much so this was challenging but well worth it.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

South Loop Trail - An enjoyable hike. Definitely worth the effort to reach the peak. Lots of nice views along the way of Mummy Mountain, Mt Charleston and Kyle Canyon. Lots and lots of switchbacks, wildflowers, butterflies and charred trees from the forest fire three years ago. At the junction of Mt. Charleston Trail (right) and Griffith Peak (left) is the saddle area which is a nice shady spot to rest before mounting your last steep climb up Griffith Peak. Views from the top are well worth your effort. I found the hike back down more demanding on the legs, knees and feet then the hike going up. Bring plenty of water or whatever refreshment to stay hydrated and snacks to keep up your energy level.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes up at Mt. Charleston. Love the changing scenery not to mention a great workout.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

What an amazing hike. To see how the area is recovering from the fire 3 years ago is incredible. Life always finds a way. Butterflies are everywhere. Look for the Sierra Nevada Blue. Who goes from a granite grey to brilliant blue when it takes off! Careful with the trail distance the multiple switchbacks extends the hike quite a bit. Well worth the effort. The colors of the some of the dried and fallen trees at the 10,000 ft level are spectacular along with the view overlooking Kyle Canyon which is breathtaking. Take care at the edge of the world it's a long way down from here. The weather is certainly better than the 100°+ down in the Las Vegas Valley...

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to follow trail and spectacular views. If you get an early start, you might get to see mule deer grazing near the path. The snow and ice is mostly melted, with only a nicely-compacted part to cross over near the beginning of the climb and a couple patches near the saddle between Griffith and the trail to Charleston, but those are easy to avoid or walk on. Happy hiking, this one will not disappoint!

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great hike. Big payoff. Snow and ice still a problem above 9000' but manageable. I'll do this one again for sure.

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2 months ago

From 9120' - 10,658' elevation it was almost entirely ice and snow fields. Told that crampons and axe not necessary which was HORRIBLE beta. Loved the hike but the level of effort without the former went through the roof. Lesson learned!

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2 months ago

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4 months ago

I think this trail is closed in winter and spring. It was close today (April 6 2017) and so was the south loop to Mt charleston. The north loop was open but I met someone on the trail who turned around trying to get to the top.