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The Lone Mountain trail is a fun little hike close to the Las Vegas strip that offers some great views of Las Vegas. If you want wilderness, head to Red Rock Canyon, but if you want a quick little hike with great views, this is your move. It's popular with the locals because it's close, offers a workout, and has great views. There are several routes and hikes around Lone Mountain. These hike directions cover the most popular (and easiest) regular route up the mountain.
1.2 miles (1.9 km)
Unmarked Dirt Trails
Views of Las Vegas
Lone Peak Trail Hike Trail Maps
Google Maps trailhead:
15 Vegas Vista Trail, Las Vegas, NV, 89129, USA Hike Location The Lone Mountain trail hike is about 25 minutes from the Las Vegas strip. 3D Hike Map 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. Hike Elevation Profile 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 treacherous. Interactive Hike Map Lone Peak Trail Hike Map Downloads View a Printable PDF Hike Map Download the Hike GPX File Lone Peak Trail Hike Directions What to Expect Check the weather. It can be in the 100s here in the summer, in which case you should give this hike a skip. Bring lots of water. There are several trails up Lone Mountain. This guide covers the easiest to follow (and most popular) “regular route.” The trailhead is a (free) dirt lot next to the trailhead. You don’t enter through the official entrance to Lone Mountain Regional Park. Don’t expect pristine wilderness. You’ll see some graffiti and probably trash. Just remember that you’re in Las Vegas. This hike is a good option if you are in Vegas, don’t have a ton of time to go out to Red Rock, and just want to get a hike in before your day of doing typical Las Vegas stuff starts. Lone Mountain enjoys about 600 feet of prominence and offers 360 views of downtown Las Vegas and the surrounding mountains, including Mt Charleston. It’s 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. If you want to do an easier hike, or want to add some miles onto this trail, there’s a nice loop trail around Lone Mountain. Turn By Turn Hike Directions The parking lot is pretty massive. No fee or anything, just park. Start by hiking on the jogging path for a minute or two. After a minute or so look for the smaller trail veering off to the right. 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. The trail is gradual and easy to follow here. Bear right at the split toward the main trail. One last little right turn to go onto the main trail up the mountain. Now it gets really steep. Take you time and enjoy the views. This part of the trail is easy to follow. Take it slow on the way back down, there’s lots of loose gravel. When you get to the saddle, the summit is to your right, and a bench is to your left. The bench is a nice place to catch your breath. 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. 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. Here you can see a typical split on the trail. Both sides rejoin a little bit up the mountain. There’s a little breather before the last stretch to Lone Mountain peak. You’ll start to get some nice views of the Las Vegas strip to the east. One last little scramble to the summit. 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. There’s a small summit marker if that’s your thing. 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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Read More A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.
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