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Red Rocks North Peak Trail is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,657 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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25 days ago

Did this hike from Willow Springs and my GPS recorded 12.3 miles but I did a few smaller trails on the way up. The 4 wheel drive road is a bit boring but the scenery makes up for it in a big way. For me it was a fairly easy hike that gave me a good work out. The view of Red Rock at the top of the hike is amazing. Bring a good amount of water especially on hotter days.

26 days ago

This is a very long but moderate trail since the elevation change is relatively gradual. Nice views along the way but nothing overly special. Took five hours and twenty minutes in mid-80's temp (felt hotter). Bring lots of water since it gets hot and there's no shade.

running
4 months ago

Great views tough climb

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4 months ago

There are two north peaks. One is sandstone north peak (the true north peak) and the other is limestone north peak (this hike). If you drive to the trailhead with a 4x4 vehicle, this hike is really short, well marked and worth the views. The 4x4 road is hard packed like concrete but still beats sitting on the couch. Great work out the full 11 plus miles with amazing views. Hike the ridge line north to get to sandstone north peak for even better views. The descend down from sand stone is a pain in the BUTT. I suggest hiking up sandstone from 4x4 road. There is no marked trail but at 2.4 mile in on 4x4 road from the parking lot, there is a cairn and a dirt trail straight up the mountain. It will lead you to a sand stone scramble where you have To follow cairns to the peak. You ascend over 2k feet in 1.4 miles. You can go from sandstone north peak and follow the ridge line (Southwest) to limestone north peak (you can’t miss limestone north, it’s a mile away and the tallest nearest peak). It is much easier going to limestone north than heading down back to the 4x4 road from sandstone north. It is steep and hard on the knees.

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6 months ago

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Great hike. Yes most of it is on a 4 whelp drive road but who cares because views are great. Summit was great with amazing views. Perfect lunch spot

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike views are well worth it. I will definetly do this trail again.

hiking
9 months ago

The bulk of this hike is on a 4 x 4 road. The last mile and a quarter is a very nice trail to the top.

hiking
9 months ago

Although rated as Moderate on All Trails, the BLM map you get at Red Rocks rates this hike as Strenuous. I would rate it as strenuous due to the length, elevation change and technical challenges. This trail starts off at the Willow Spring Picnic Area (the same area you start off at to get to La Madre Springs), then follows Rocky Gap Road to its summit, then follows Bridge Mountain Trail then forks off to the North Peak Trail. Some reviews have lowered their star ratings due to most of the hike being on the Rocky Gap Road where it can get boring to people who don’t appreciate the long stretch of “road”. I might agree with that but there are some points of interest along the way: a huge pine tree with a concrete park bench and table with a small running stream, for example. Along Rocky Gap Road, there are scenic turn outs, parking areas and numerous trail heads along the way; Rocky gap Summit is one of those parking areas and marks the Bridge Mountain/North Peak trailhead. Sweeping vistas, gnarled pine and juniper trees along with wildlife makes this trail fun with plenty of photo ops. Once you get towards the peak, the trail gets lest distinct and there will be some scrambling to get to the top. Once at the top, you can spot Las Vegas. Towards the east, you can see Ice Box Canyon; to the left of that is Fern Valley (the valley beyond Pine Creek Trail: you might be able to see Dark Shadows and the top of Mescalito Peak).

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10 months ago

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rocky
Sun May 12 2019

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Tue Apr 02 2019

The first 5 miles is basically on a 4WD road. But once you get or the “trail” portion it’s probably one of the best in Red Rock. Didn’t have time to do the additional 1.2 miles (2.4 round trip) to Bridge Mountain. I plan to return to finish the latter.

hiking
Sun Mar 03 2019

I loved this hike and would recommend. Only reason I did not give it a 4 or 5 stars because most of the hike is on 4wd trailhead before going on single track to the top. I even enjoyed the 4wd drive road, just hard for me to say this is a 5 star trail when 10 of the 12 miles is on road. After doing North Peak I also followers the trail to Bridge Mountain, but did not do the rock scramble to summit.

hiking
Fri Jul 27 2018

Definitely a winner! A beautiful, isolated peak with a slickrock base that is very fun to explore. You'll probably share this hike with very few people, if you see anyone at all. I hiked from Willow Springs which made it a longer hike, but don't let that deter you; Rocky Gap Road is pretty easy (if a bit boring) to walk and the time goes by quickly. I did this hike earlier in the year; I would not recommend attempting this hike during the hotter months.

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Sun May 06 2018

great hike, not a fan of walking up rocky gap road. Once I reached the actual trail head it was a beautiful 2+ mile hike to the summit. Afterwords took a detour towards Bridge mountain but did not complete. Got to hidden forest.

hiking
Wed Aug 23 2017

Parking at Willow Springs and walking up the gravel track takes about four hours if you have lunch at the top. There is a boulder about 100m from the end of the trail that provides a great photo opportunity, if you have a head for heights.

Wed Feb 22 2017

Awesome hike. Wont take long at all if you take a 4x4 high clearance vehicle to the trail head. But if you park at the bottom on the scenic drive and hike up Rocky Gap Road like I did, that part alone takes 90-120 minutes one way. It's worth it. The view is 10/10, and the terrain is pretty gradual with almost 0 scrambling. Trail is easy to find/follow.

Thu Nov 03 2016

Fantástic ;)

hiking
Wed Jul 27 2016

Good didn't see much far as wildlife but is a dessert after all

hiking
Thu Jan 29 2015

I started at the base of Willow Springs Picnic area which added about 6 miles to the 2.6 mile hike. The initial ascent is on a 4x4 road until you get to the trailhead. Beautiful hike with breathtaking view from the summit.

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