Griffith Peak Trail

HARD 45 reviews
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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
3418 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

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

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is so far the best I’ve been to in Las Vegas. It took us 8 hours total for the hike and we enjoyed it. It was very cold from halfway up, so we didn’t stay long after getting to the top.

hiking
3 months ago

It is actually about 10 miles, if you start from the South Loop. Although, we only made it 2/3 of the way up, this trail is another steeep climb. Will definitely do it again and complete it the next time.

hiking
3 months ago

Started with 95° at the parking lot, than at approximately two thirds of the trail started pouring, which turned into hail. We pretty much lost an hour waiting under a big tree to stay kind of dry while freezing at the 50°s. With all that time lost, still made it in 7 hours to the peak and back.
Beautiful views on higher elevation, especially from the peak!

4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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
5 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!

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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!

hiking
8 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.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

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.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mt Charleston site says this trail is closed indefenitely due to 99% trail damage from fire and flooding.

Monday, June 08, 2015

This trail is still closed due to the fire 2 years ago.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Currently closed due to fire damage.

hiking
Monday, June 10, 2013

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.

hiking
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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

hiking
Thursday, September 06, 2012

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.

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