Mountains in Las Vegas

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  • Vinny_Vegas1
    Tampa, FL127 contributions
    Get a break from the strip and head to Mt Charleston. We took a hike up to Mary Jane Falls and unfortunately, the winds were EXTREMELY high. We did not make it up to the peak, but we had a great time anyway. Being from Florida, it is rare to see snow, but on this trip, we did get to play in small snow patches around the trails. Tip if you are from low lying areas of the US... Be prepared to stop and catch your breath every now and then. The altitude on the hike reaches 8K-9K ft. If you are not used to it, you will feel it.
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • Aydan H
    5 contributions
    Beautiful view and a site to dig for trilobite fossils about 0.33mi in. Beware of suspicious people!
    Written 4 June 2021
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  • SoCalOregonian
    Murrieta, CA9,812 contributions
    This is the first pull-off on the 13-mile drive and affords a great view of the red rock formations that make up the area. A trail from this area that leads to Calico II, allowing you to get close to the rocks.
    Written 6 October 2019
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  • Tom
    Maple Grove, MN1,906 contributions
    Nice short walk back to the canyon wall to see some petroglyphs. Would be a good one for small kids. Nice area for a picnic, too.
    Written 5 December 2020
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  • Rob A
    Toronto, Canada350 contributions
    We have spent many days hiking in the Las Vegas area, Gass Peak was one of the most challenging hikes we have ever undertaken.

    One of the cool pluses of this hike is that the US Air Force does a lot of training in the valley. During our hike we saw a pair of A10s do a low flyover, a pair of Black Hawk helicopters fly through the valley and a number of fighter jets fly through the valley as well as fly overhead. It was neat to be looking down on the planes as they flew by.

    The hike took us 4 hours, so bring lots of water and some snacks as it is a workout.

    The footing can be challenging at points so you need to have a good pair of shoes or hiking boots. If you have knee or ankle issues this will be a challenge for you. Dress in layers as you will get a sweat on as you work your way up the mountain. It was 53 degrees F the day we made the hike and we were sweating heavily by the time we were a half hour into the hike.

    First, getting there. It will take more than 1.5 hours to get to the hiking trail from the Las Vegas Strip. You MUST be driving in an SUV with substantial ground clearance to make it to the trailhead.

    From the strip take I95 past the Kyle Canyon Road. You want to take the road to the Corn Creek Visitor Center, which is just past mile marker 101 on I95. It is a right turn. The road into the Corn Creek Visitor Center is paved and is no issue driving. Note: the Corn Creek Visitors Center is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Now the adventure truly begins.

    From the Visitor Center it is 12.6 miles to the trailhead on some of the roughest gravel roads I have ever been on. Hence why you MUST be driving an SUV or pickup with ground clearance. (We made it through with a Nissan Rogue)

    The sign says it is 4 miles to the Gass Peak Road. It is actually 4.5 miles to the Gass Peak Road. At the sign with all the mileages you turn right. You will be heading up the mountain for the next 12.6 miles. The first 3 miles are really rough, speed limit was 25 MPH, we didn't get above 10 MPH for the first 3 miles. At 4.5 miles there is a sign for Gass Peak Road, it heads to the right. Now you have 8.1 miles to go. The road gets a little better, we got going up to 20 MPH on some parts, but there are lots of areas where the road has been washed out and there are huge potholes.

    There is a small parking area on the right. It has some posts and a couple signs. The Gass Peak road continues on, park at the trailhead.

    The first part of the hike is easy along a gravel road. Once we left the road the trail is harder to follow as you climb a number of small hills. Follow the trail by looking for the packed soil and keeping the peak in sight. Eventually you will meet up with the trail again. While climbing the steeper hills the trail is very obvious. Many times we made our own trail as the hills are not covered with much vegetation.

    We climbed taking many breaks for over 2 hours before getting to the summit. You have a view of the entire city of Las Vegas. Unfortunately for us the city was covered in a haze so you could not make out much detail. We stopped and had lunch for a half hour before starting back down.

    The trip up is a good workout, the trip down had our knees and thighs burning by the time we were back at the car.

    It was nice to do a hike where there was no trash left behind by others. Please respect the natural beauty of the area and clean up after yourself.

    A great way to spend the day and get some fresh air and fantastic views.
    Written 5 March 2018
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