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Lone Mountain Trail Hike

In This Guide
  • Turn by Turn Hike Directions & Video
  • Maps For the Hike
  • How to Get to Lone Mountain Trail
Distance1.2 miles (1.9 km)
Hike Time1 Hour (Total)
DifficultyModerate
Total Ascent (?)550 feet (168m)
Highest Elevation3,297 feet (1005m)
Fees & PermitsFree
Dog FriendlyOff Leash Okay
Park ContactLone 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. Bring plenty of water, even though it’s a short hike.

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.

Here’s the gear that I personally use, have tested, and recommend for this hike*.

La Sportiva Spire

La Sportiva Spire GTX

Good for light and more hardcore hikes. Feels like a sneaker but protects like a hiking boot.

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Rei Flash 22

REI Flash 22 Pack

This is a super-light and comfortable backpack that can hold everything you need on a hike, including a hydration bladder. It also works great as a general backpack or carry-on.

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Joby On Triee

Joby Smartphone Tripod

Make your photos stand out by using this lightweight, do-anything tripod. The Joby attaches your smartphone to trees, rocks, whatever you can find on the trail. Folds down compactly too.

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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.

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Lone Mountain Trail Hike Map Downloads

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Here’s what I use to navigate my hikes. I recommend a combination of paper and electronic options with backups.

Gaiagps

Gaia GPS

Gaia GPS is a planning and navigation tool that you can use on your phone, tablet, and the web. I use it on my phone when I need to interact with the map and know where my position is on it. I use it at home on the computer to plan routes. You can overlay maps such as public lands to find out free places to camp. It’s a powerful tool.

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Fenix Nav

Garmin Fenix Watch

This thing does everything: maps, GPX tracks, compass, barometer, altitude, heart rate, blood oxygen, fitness tracking, sleep tracking, and the list goes on. I keep a GPX route on the watch so I can quickly glance down and make sure I’m in the right place.

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Topo Map

Topo Maps & Guide Books

Don’t be caught out if your batteries die. Take a topo map with you on the trail. Some people also print my guides out for use on the hike.

I also highly recommend taking a map and compass navigation course. It’s a few hours, it’s fun, and it could save your life.

Map and Compass Navigation Basics Classes

Don’t just rely on a cell phone, especially if you are hiking in the backcountry.

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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.

Did something change on this hike? If so, please contact me and let me know. I'll update the guide.