Lone Mountain Trail Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||1.2 miles (1.9 km)|
|Time||1 Hour (Total Time)|
|Total Climbing||550 feet (168m)|
|Highest Elevation||3,297 feet (1005m)|
|Dog Friendly||Off Leash Okay|
|Park Name||Lone Mountain Regional Park|
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.
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.
- Trail running shoes or sturdy sneakers
- Fitness clothes (appropriate for the season)
- A camera
- If you have trekking poles, they can help on the steep slopes
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
Lone Mountain Trail Hike Directions
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Turn By Turn Hike Directions
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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