Sandstone Canyon Overlook from Mountain Springs

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Toiyabe National Forest

Sandstone Canyon Overlook from Mountain Springs is a 10.2 mile out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,443 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

Long & strenuous climb, but the view & isolation is well worth the effort ! You can always tell the difference between a horse trail and a "new" hiking trail. The horse trail is well worn, but is always obvious and generally favors slopes and natural contours; usually follows game paths. The "new" hiking trail is usually in washbeds and drainage with lots and lots of rock cairns. That is the case with this hike. From the time you see the first rock cairn on the R(E) side of the main trail at the Rainbow Springs turnoff, this path generally follows the drainage and there are so many cairns it's as if each hiker left his/her own signature along the way. Follow the drainage as it winds E towards the escarpment in Red Rock Canyon. Work your way up the sloping ridge and find the faint trail which winds along the edge. This is NOT a hike for children, hyper dogs, or anyone with a fear of edges or heights. For everyone else this is a fantastic view looking E all the way into Arizona, past Lake Mead. Retrace your steps on way back.

The trail is more so moderate, the only difficult aspect is how hard the trail is to follow. I recommend going to the northern trail and doing an out and back. I had difficulties following the southern trail (this is if you’re doing a loop). The red line on this app is garbage, try following a recording instead (not mine lol)

COVID-19 trail #11. We LOVED this trail despite some of the navigational challenges. The All Trails redline course is not very accurate at all. It’s like a 3 year old with a red crayon tried to trace the lines and failed miserably. The trail is listed as hard, but there is maybe 5% that is mildly hard and the rest is a pleasant moderate. We did a loop clockwise rather than the out-n-back on the description. I think it’s the far better way to go. The best way to go (see our recording) is to go about 2.5 to 3 miles up the road until you find the 2nd Horse gate. Cross that and go about 50 ish yards and look for the trail that climbs off to the right. This is the dotted line on the map that parallels the wash. It’s a beautiful and gentle climb up to the edge of the Red Rock Escarpment. From there, turn left and go up to the top of the peak for some stunning views. After sightseeing, follow the edge of the cliff back down until you find the sand stone wash. Ignore the red line at that point. Follow the wash (in the wash) all the way down until you cross an obvious trail at 90 deg. Take that to the left and it will dump you back on the original road just above the 2nd horse gate. Enjoy.

Easy trail that is basically all just older ATV trails. Beautiful view at the peak of the hike and a very pretty walk all the way there!

hiking
Sun Feb 18 2018

We followed the horse trail. We walked up to the point shown on the track (but I forgot to start the app) and then walked back. It was very windy (gusts > 40 mph) so we decided to turn back and complete the trail on a future date. What parts of the trail we DID see were very nice. It's an easy walk and we were completely alone. Looking forward to doing the complete trail.

hiking
Fri Jan 27 2017

a lot of snow here in late January so we only walked a couple miles, will definitely be back when the snow melts to complete this hike

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