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.
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
first time hiking over 11k ft. Definitely not easy for someone not used to hiking at elevation, but well worth the views. Took us 4 hours to summit, but I'd say we are on the slower end.
This trail (South Loop) is now open as of 10/7/16.
You can see all the remaining damage from the fires, but the trail was well kept and in good condition.
Mt Charleston site says this trail is closed indefenitely due to 99% trail damage from fire and flooding.
This trail is still closed due to the fire 2 years ago.
Currently closed due to fire damage.
Incredible hike, terrain isn't bad and liked the unpublished short cut from what our group has called Key Corner (due to one of our hikers almost losing her keys there) up to where the prairies begin. Much rougher and steeper path, but you get much better views of the stone waterfalls. This part is seldom travelled so the path can be lost easily, but well worth the added torture.
Have a great weekend and safe hiking.
Tough trail for sure. It was even longer than advertised because the parking lot to access the trail head was closed due to construction. We had to park at the Echo Trail lot. There were countless switchbacks and some very steep sections. We hiked at a pretty fast pace and made it up to the Peak in about 3 hrs 15 min. But I would have preferred to go a little bit slower. There some nice spots to take breaks on the way with some excellent views. The views from the Peak are magnificent. And there's obviously a sense of satisfaction as well. There was a bit of snow on the trail which caused some minor inconveniences. But it should all be gone very soon. This hike will put your calves and hamstrings to the test. Going down is much quicker. But it's easy to slip if you're not careful. It may be tough on those with knee problems. Bottom line--This trail is a serious grind with a seriously satisfying payoff
The view is beautiful at the top. You can see so much of Las Vegas. The last half mile or so is strenuous and steep and before that is almost all switchbacks. It's all worth it though.
We did this hike in June 2011. It was an amazing day. The hike is pretty intense in parts and simply beautiful the whole way up. Take a good rest at the saddle to get prepared for the rest of the way. There was still snow at the top and of course the view was breath taking. It's everything you would hope to expect from a hike!!
A fairly strenuous hike - especially the half mile. I had to stop a couple times to catch my breath, but it was well worth it. On a clear day you can see the Strip from this peak - an absolutely spectacular view. It's also a bit chilly at the top - I went in July and snow was still present!