Lone Mountain Trail Hike

Lone Mountain Trail Hike

In This Guide
  • Turn by Turn Hike Directions
  • Maps For the Hike
  • What You Need For the Hike
  • How to Get to Lone Mountain Trail
Distance1.2 miles (1.9 km)
Time1 Hour (Total Time)
Total Climbing550 feet (168m)
Highest Elevation3,297 feet (1005m)
Dog FriendlyOff Leash Okay
Park NameLone Mountain Regional Park
Park Phone702-455-1905

The Lone Mountain Trail takes you to an isolated, rocky peak that offers great views of Las Vegas and the surrounding mountain ranges, including a peak at Mt Charleston. The hike is only minutes from downtown Las Vegas and is a popular workout spot for locals. There are a few trail options up Lone Mountain. This guide takes you up the main Lone Mountain Trail, a safe but tough little hike. Lone Mountain Trail is a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas.

Getting To Lone Mountain Trail

Here’s the address to the trailhead: 15 Vegas Vista Trail, Las Vegas, NV, 89129, USA. There are multiple places to park and multiple trailheads, this is the best (and big) parking lot for the main Lone Mountain Trail hike. You don’t enter through the official entrance to Lone Mountain Regional Park.

The parking lot is large and has plenty of room, although the hike itself does get crowded at times. Parking is free.

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The parking lot is pretty massive.

There are no bathrooms on the hike. The closest options are fast food restaurants nearby.

Don’t expect pristine wilderness. You’ll see some graffiti and probably trash. Just remember that you’re in Las Vegas. If you have the time to go a little farther out, the hikes in Red Rock Canyon are incredible.

What You Need For The Hike

Check the weather. It can be in the 100s here in the summer, in which case you should give this hike a skip. Otherwise fitness clothing is fine, you don’t really need any specialized hiking gear.

Lone Mountain Trail is very steep with loose gravel on the descent. Take your time and don’t be ashamed to shimmy down on your butt if you need to. Dress appropriately.

My Top Gear Picks

Garmin inreach review

Do you have the right hiking gear? Will it stand up to the test? I waste lots of money testing hiking gear every year so that you don’t have to. My gear picks are solid choices that will serve you well on the trail. I don’t do sponsored or paid reviews, I just the share actual gear that I use all the time that’s made the cut. Here are my top picks:

  1. Garmin InReach Mini Emergency Beacon – Hiking out of cell phone range? Make sure you have one of these two-way satellite texting devices in case your hike doesn’t go as planned. You can read my full review here.
  2. Injinji Sock Liners With Darn Tough Hiking Socks – This combo is a great way to avoid blisters out on the trail. I have some insider-hiking tips for avoiding blisters here. Pair them with modern, high-tech hiking boots (for women and men) and your feet with thank you.
  3. Garmin Fenix 5x Plus – It’s a little pricey, but man do I love this thing. Not only does it have all the topo maps and navigation tools on my wrist, but it also acts as a long battery life, rugged, outdoors version of an Apple Watch. Track your workouts, sleep, heart rate, all that stuff.

I have lots of other great, sponsor-free, trail tested gear picks on my “best gear” page.

See My Full Gear List

Lone Mountain Trail Maps

Note, there are several trails up Lone Mountain. This guide covers the easiest to follow (and most popular) “regular route.” There are other options that are less-used and a little more dangerous, so I don’t recommend them unless you’ve been here before and are familiar with the mountain.

There’s also a nice (flat) loop hike around Lone Mountain that you can do. Just follow the wide loop path around the mountain.

Fenix 5x Hiking Review

I highly recommend bringing a good paper map with you, and then using it in conjunction with a GPS device. You can see the navigation gear that I use here (I’m currently using the Fenix 5x Plus and love it). Just download the GPX file below and load it onto your GPS.

Many people also print out this web page for the turn-by-turn images. And if you really want to get tricky, YouTube Premium lets you download videos for offline use, so you can download the hike video and save it.

Download the Hike GPX File

View a Printable PDF Hike Map

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The Lone Mountain Trail winds up the west side of the mountain. You get a little breather when you reach the saddle in the middle of the hike. There’s even a bench there.
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There’s no getting around it, you have to work on this one. It’s a little over a half a mile of pretty much straight up. Toward the end the trail scrambles up some rocks, but if you stay on the main trail, it’s nothing dangerous.

Lone Mountain Trail Hike Directions

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Turn By Turn Hike Directions

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Form the parking lot, start by hiking on the jogging path for a minute or two. This path is the permitter loop path.
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After a minute or so look for the smaller trail veering off to the right.
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The trail becomes more defined as it heads to the main trail up the west side of Lone Mountain, which is pointed out with the small arrow here.
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The trail is gradual and easy to follow here.
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Bear right at the split toward the main trail.
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One last little right turn to go onto the main trail up the mountain.
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Now it gets really steep. Take you time and enjoy the views.
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This part of the trail is easy to follow. Take it slow on the way back down, there’s lots of loose gravel.
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When you get to the saddle, the summit is to your right, and a bench is to your left.
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The bench is a nice place to catch your breath.
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Head toward the summit from the saddle. It’s steep from here on out. Also note that the trail splits apart and comes back together in some places.
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If you find yourself close to the east edge / cliff, work your way back to the right. Don’t get too close to this side.
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Here you can see a typical split on the trail. Both sides rejoin a little bit up the mountain.
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There’s a little breather before the last stretch to Lone Mountain peak.
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You’ll start to get some nice views of the Las Vegas strip to the east.
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One last little scramble to the Lone Mountain summit.
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You made it! Enjoy the views. You’ll see all of Las Vegas sprawled out to the east. To the south you’ll see the mountains of Red Rock Canyon, to the north the Desert National Wildlife Range, and to the west, the La Madre Mountain Wilderness.
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There’s a small summit marker if that’s your thing.
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Keep your eyes open to the west for the summit of Mt Charleston. Here’s it’s still covered in snow in June.

Once you’ve had enough of the summit, just go down the way you came. It’s steep, so watch your footing.

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