Gass Peak Road

Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada

Elevation Gain1,573ft
Trailhead Elevation3,711ft
Elevation Min/Max3604/4948ft
Elevation Start/End3711/3711ft

Gass Peak Road

Gass Peak Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Clark County, Nevada. It is within Desert National Wildlife Refuge. It is 12.2 miles long and begins at 3,711 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,573 feet. This trail connects with the following: Mormon Well Road and Quail Spring Road.

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Las Vegas & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Kimberly Lewis & Paula Jacoby-Garrett
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"Gass Peak offers solitude, a challenging trail, and excellent views of Las Vegas, the Sheep Mountains, the Las Vegas Range, and the Spring Moun­tains Range. This hike is an exciting change from populated, well-defined trails, but only experienced hikers with fit dogs should attempt it. Aside from the distance and elevation gain, the most challenging aspect of this trail is the lack of trail. For the majority of the hike, at best there is a user-created trail to follow. The hike is navigable, though, and if you pay attention to your surroundings, the route will guide you to incred­ible views on top of Gass Peak. It can be mentally challenging for your dog if you let it lead in front of you on the leash and find the best path around bushes, rocks, and other obstacles you may run across. Most of this adventure is on loose rocks, so dog booties may be appropriate if your dog has sensitive pads or nails that wear down easily. Under foot and paw: Loose shale rock (sometimes sharp), limestone outcrops, and dirt roads" Read more

Gass Peak Road Reviews

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I enjoyed this hike - it was worth studying the route in advance, as we had no GPS device with us. It took about 6 hours round trip. The views of the surrounding DNWF area, both on the way up and at the top, were great. We could see Lake Mead in the distance. The only disappoint is that it was hazy that day, so the views of the valley and the Strip were restricted. We will try again. It was a great way to end 2008. I even had AT&T cell phone access up top, so I could call my friends and celebrate the hike with them.
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The "trail" wasn't always easy to follow, but with the endpoint usually in sight, it was always clear where to go. The terrain (loose scree) was often slippery on the way down. The view looked like it would sometimes be awesome, but when I climbed it, the wind blew up lots of dust that really hurt the view.
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this is a cool trail. i gave it a 3 only because a 5 would have to be a real sick adventure. gass peak is worth the time for sure. i went on a could windy day in december and had no problems. my dogs and a first time bump climber were with me (my pits actually have a lot of experience). this hike took us only 3 hours and that was with snow and a new hiker. the views are cool. there is some shelter from wind provided by solar panels and a small service building. the road to the trail is a bit rough. i have a 4x4 but any 2x4 can manage the very rocky and bump trail with care and a spare. its not bad and is only 4 miles each way. do this hike. the best part is hiking up the last few ridges (dragon backs)to the summit. there is a nice steep drop on both sides. enjoy and bring a new hiker that can handle a little work.

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Trail Information

Desert National Wildlife Refuge
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Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Desert National Wildlife Range
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Dec 2018