nevada hike

nevada hikeNeva­da might be most syn­ony­mous with the rev­el­ry and spec­ta­cle of Sin City, but the state has much more going for it than gam­bling and drinks. Out­side the city lim­its, you’ll find some of the most breath­tak­ing hikes in the coun­try. That is if you’re will­ing to brave the weath­er to try them.

Fire Canyon, Val­ley of Fire State Park
Fire Canyon is arguably the most mes­mer­iz­ing land­scape in all of Neva­da, maybe even the coun­try depend­ing on who you ask, and it’s also a great hike to squeeze in if you just have a few hours. It’s locat­ed about fifty miles north of Las Vegas and hous­es an end­less vista of 150-mil­lion-year-old sand­stone and dunes. The Rain­bow Vista Trail­head will take you straight to the point of Sil­i­ca Dome, a rough­ly three-mile hike to the top.

Black Moun­tain Trail, Madeira Canyon Park
Just out­side of Hen­der­son lies Madeira Canyon Park where you’ll find one of the high­er trails in the state. The Black Moun­tain Trail is 5.6 miles to the sum­mit and back. It’s not a dif­fi­cult hike, but the last climb uphill does require a bit of scram­bling that’ll put you close to all fours. The ele­va­tion at the top is rough­ly 5,093 feet and pro­vides some fas­ci­nat­ing views of the McCul­lough Range.

Turtle­head Peak Trail, Red Rock Canyon
The Turtle­head Peak Trail is a clas­sic trail that takes you up to the top of Turtle­head Moun­tain and offers excit­ing views of the sur­round­ing Red Rock Canyon. It holds a dif­fi­cult rat­ing due pri­mar­i­ly to the 2,000-foot climb near the end that occurs over a rel­a­tive­ly short-range of only 2.15 miles. Toward the top, you’ll have to scram­ble up 800 feet in less than half a mile, so it’s not exact­ly for the faint of heart.

Sier­ra Canyon Trail, Genoa
Jef­frey Pine and white fur line the trails along the Sier­ra Canyon mak­ing it one of the most diverse and awe-inspir­ing hikes in all of Neva­da. The Sier­ra Canyon Trail itself is a 9.6‑mile tra­verse that climbs steeply uphill to meet up with the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. You’ll tack­le ridges, steep canyons, creeks, and switch­backs along the way

Ice Box Canyon Trail, Red Rock Canyon
For a short, but still stren­u­ous hike out­side of Las Vegas look no fur­ther than the Ice Box Canyon Trail. This 2.4‑mile loop might not sound like much but most of it is spent leap­ing from rock to slip­pery rock and is vir­tu­al­ly inac­ces­si­ble for those with­out the prop­er footwear. If you do man­age to make it to the top you’re treat­ed with a beau­ti­ful water­fall and some fan­tas­tic views of the sur­round­ing val­ley. You’ll want to tack­le this one in the spring or fall after a good rain shower.

Mt. Rose Sum­mit Trail, Lake Tahoe
It doesn’t get much more gor­geous than the area sur­round­ing Lake Tahoe and the trip to the top of Mt. Rose is a must-have on every hiker’s buck­et list. You start the jour­ney in a field of wild­flow­ers and tra­verse many alpine ridges, lakes, vol­canic rocks and remark­able views of Lake Tahoe as you leap, claw and scram­ble your way up ten miles of twist­ing ter­rain on your way to the top. Remem­ber that snow tends to blan­ket the peak here well into the sum­mer, so take prop­er pre­cau­tions before attempt­ing to tack­le it.

Gold­strike Canyon Hot Springs Trail, Boul­der City
Gold­strike Canyon Hot Springs Trail is one of the most dif­fi­cult in the state to hike, with some areas impass­able with­out the aid of fixed ropes to cling to (there are eight in all), so pre­pare to clam­ber over some pret­ty hefty boul­ders in order to make it to the end. It’s all worth it though when you reach the name­sake hot springs await­ing you at the end. Go ahead and have a soak for a while because you’ll have earned it.