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Spirit Mountain Overlook Hike

  • 1 miles - Easy Effort
  • 30 Minutes (Total)
  • Not Often Hiked
  • 260 Total Feet of Climbing
  • Max Elevation of 4,050 feet
  • Leashed Dogs Allowed

This short hike offers epic and hard-to-find views of the craggy backside of Spirt Mountain, also known as Avi Kwa Ame by the Mojave. This sacred mountain is the namesake of the new Avi Kwa Ame National Monument.

In this Guide:
  • Video and Turn-by-Turn Directions
  • Where to Park for the Hike

Where is Spirit Mountain Overlook?

Spirit Mountain Overlook Locataion
The hike starts at Christmas Tree Pass, about 1 hour south of Las Vegas.

There's not a street address for the trailhead, which is located in the middle of the sand Christmas Tree Pass road. Your best bet is to use the coordinates to get to the trailhead:
35.25869, -114.73639

Spirit Mountain Overlook Hike Road
It's a dirt and sand road, but most of it is in great shape and doable by low-clearance vehicles. Just take any rutted sections slowly.
Spirit Mountain Overlook Hike Parking
There's a small parking area on the side of the road. No parking pass is needed here.
Spirit Mountain Overlook Hike Trees
It's called Christmas Tree Pass because there's a tradition of putting ornaments on the Juniper Trees here. Please don't do it. Leave the wilderness as you found it.

Gear Recommendations

This is a short hike, and you don't need anything special to do it. In the summer, the temperatures can go into the 100Fs, so you'll want water and sun protection. The Spirit Mountain Wilderness is a remote area; if you have hiking gear and the essentials, you should bring them.

Gear That I Love Right Now

Nothing is sponsored or promoted, just the actual gear that I use.

Gear Inreach Mini 2
Garmin InReach Mini 2If you are out of cellphone range the Mini 2 will reliably allow you to hit SOS via satellite. You can see my review here.
Gear Hoka Speedgoat 5
HOKA Speedgoat 5These are a great balance of comfort and performance. The high stack height leaves my feet feeling great after a hike.

Check out the complete list here.

Spirit Overlook Mountain Trail Maps

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Use This Map:
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Hike Directions

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The wide trail starts from the parking area.
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Continue hiking up the wide trail.
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At about 0.3 miles, look for a small trail leading off to the right. It's easy to miss.
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There's usually a cairn marking the trail, but it can be overgrown.
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Follow the small use trail uphill.
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When you get to the saddle you've reached the overlook.
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Spirit Mountain, known as Avi Kwa Ame in Mohave, is where creation began for the local Yuman speaking tribes. It's also sacred to the Hopi and Southern Paiute.

Need More Info?

  • Have a question about the guide or want to see what other people are saying/asking? View the Youtube comments for this video. Leave a comment and I will do my best to respond.
  • When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.

This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard

Cris Hazzard 4 Mile Trail Yosemite
Hi, I'm Cris Hazzard, aka Hiking Guy, a professional outdoors guide, hiking expert, and author based in Southern California. I created this website to share all the great hikes I do with everyone else out there. This site is different because it gives detailed directions that even the beginning hiker can follow. I also share what hiking gear works and doesn't so you don't waste money. I don't do sponsored or promoted content; I share only the gear recommendations, hikes, and tips that I would with my family and friends. If you like the website and YouTube channel, please support these free guides (I couldn't do it without folks like you!). You can stay up to date with my new guides by following me on YouTube, Instagram, or by subscribing to my monthly newsletter.