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Upper Pahranagat Lake Loop

EASY 4 reviews

Upper Pahranagat Lake Loop is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Alamo, Nevada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.8 miles
150 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports


trail running

bird watching




Walk around desert lake and enjoy birdlife, marshes & serenity. The Pahranagat Refuge is 5,380 acres of lakes, marshes, wet meadows & desert uplands in this valley, filled with history and wildlife. It's name means "Valley of Shining Water" in Paiute, and is tied to these and ancient people by it's history and numerous historic sites, rock art and structures. It's pioneer history is evidenced by the stone Walden house (1864), and the farm and cattle community which still dot this valley from Alamo north to Hiko. Located on the Pacific Flyway, this refuge is an essential stopover for migrating waterfowl and songbirds. Large thermal springs provide water for lakes and wetlands, a rare and precious habitat in southern Nevada. Numerous recreational opportunities are available at Pahranagat. Wildlife observation, fishing, and hunting are all popular activities enjoyed by refuge visitors. Birdwatching is also a popular activity. Camping and picnicking are permitted along the east shoreline of the Upper Lake.

1 day ago

Nice short walking trail, but far from Las Vegas. In my opinion, it was not worth the drive. I suggest bringing bug spray, the mosquitoes and gnats travel in clouds and are relentless. It was nice to see water in the middle of no where, but you're not allowed to swim in it. The north half of the trail is closed off and dry. I don't plan on visiting again. Well maintained dirt road, any vehicle can drive it. A few camping spots but not much to see or do. I don't plan on coming here again.

scenic driving
6 months ago

Drove around the lake and stopped to have lunch here at a picnic table in the campground area. Relaxing views for the area. Well maintained dirt roads.

8 months ago

Nice and easy level walk around the lake. The lake provides cool breezes, shady trees, and various water fowl. Pleasant morning stroll after staying overnight at the campground.

Monday, September 04, 2017