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La Madre Springs Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 698 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Directions from Las Vegas: Travel ten miles west along State Route 159. Once at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center turn west onto a trail. Automobiles are along on the trail. Continue until Willow spring parking lot.

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washed out
5 days ago

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over grown
9 days ago

Starts as an easy 4x4 road, becomes a rough 4x4 road, and then becomes a well maintained trail to the springs. After the springs the trail is quite overgrown and navigating is not the easiest. I made it up to the cabin ruins but past that the valley got too thick with plants to make it through.

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18 days ago

First hike in a while. the uphill start was a bit tough but manageable with some breaks.

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no shade
19 days ago

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3 months ago

For the first long portion of the trail is a washbed full of loose rocks. Once reaching the spring you can hike along the stream and the trail becomes much more interesting.

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rocky
4 months ago

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4 months ago

Enjoyed the rocks and terrain on this hike. The trail was on a roadbed for the first mile or so. After that the trail had lots of rocks on the trail. La Madre Springs was small but was a welcome sight.

hiking
4 months ago

This was only my second trail in Red Rock. It was ok. Basically a small rock covered trail and nothing off the beaten path. The end result was nothing special. Small spring and that was it. I think there are other trails in the area that are much better. I did calico tanks the day before and thought it was amazing. I didn't think this trail was worth the distance by any means. Always beautiful and always great to be outdoors though.

hiking
4 months ago

Not great. Meh. Bleh.

5 months ago

Easy but uphill the whole time

hiking
5 months ago

Moderate trail. Great for families pets and older folks. Gradual but you still feel like you get a butt burner.

5 months ago

Hiked La Madre Spring Trail 1/14/20. The trail started out as a "jeep" trail and went into a large gravel trail. Had no issues finding, or following, this well laid out trail. Although marked as moderate on AT, this hike has a gradual elevation gain and relatively flat travel path, so, depending on fitness level, could be considered easy. Great hike for the beginner or small children. The culmination of the hike does end at a small running spring. Combined with other hikes on the Scenic Drive, one can make an awesome day of hiking at Red Rock Canyon Conservation area!

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icy
5 months ago

Fun, not too difficult, great scenery, well marked.

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rocky
7 months ago

Great trail with a moderate incline that leads to a pretty spring. We hiked on an overcast day just after a recent snow and it was beautiful! I would imagine it’s pretty hot other times of the year - not a lot of shade or coverage.

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rocky
7 months ago

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7 months ago

Loved it!!! It’s a bit of a climb but the end is gorgeous! One of my top 10 hikes in this place!!

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rocky
9 months ago

Nice trail. It’s closer to 4 miles to the spring and back. Good for dogs. They put down that annoying small rock on the trail. End of September and the spring was nice for our dogs to drink and lay down in. Great views too!

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rocky
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Easy hike and a nice view of the La Madre mountains. Good workout for the ankles, the trail/road is mostly small rocks so wear good shoes.

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Sat May 11 2019

Beautiful easy-moderate trail. Wonderful views throughout

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rocky
Wed May 08 2019

This is my first time doing the trail, and I loved it. Definitely very rocky for almost the entire way… But a good pair of hiking shoes did the trick. If you’re going with your dogs, make sure that they are very trail ready, meaning that they are seasoned and their feet can handle it or that you have booties for them. They been some rain the night before so the Streamwood very full. I attempted to go up fee on the stream to the minors cabin but the trail was a little confusing and the day it was getting late so I didn’t wanna run the risk of getting lost

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Sun Apr 21 2019

Trail is poorly marked and very rocky. Definitely more moderate and not easy. Sign mileages are wrong and underestimate actual length. Walk to trail head is 0.5 miles.

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Mon Apr 08 2019

Hiked this trail on our second trip to the park—it wasn’t quite what we expected. The hike to the “waterfall” was beautiful and probably more of a moderate hike vs easy hike. However we were a little disappointed in the waterfall, as how it was more of a trickling spring than a waterfall (at least when we were there, that might differ depending on when you go?) I really enjoyed that there weren’t many people on that trail, so it was very peaceful. All in all, I’d recommend for the scenery and secluded trail—just don’t have high expectations for the waterfall (:

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Sun Mar 10 2019

Great trail for easy to moderate hiking, a lot of people stop once they get to the beginning of the spring but the trail keeps going and it’s much more beautiful once you get into the canyon itself. Highly recommended!

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rocky
Sun Mar 10 2019

Not nearly as fun as Calico Tanks, but an okay trail for a moderate workout.

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Mon Mar 04 2019

Really nothing special. Nicely secluded, but well traveled on the weekend. If you park at the actual lot you spend a long time walking up a road - high clearance will get you to the actual trailhead.

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