White Rock Loop (Moderate) Professional Reviews and Guides
"A day hike in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area that offers an opportunity to observe bighorn sheep. The trail is a closed dirt road on the left (west). Follow the old road to the White Rock Spring water catchment constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This is a good place to observe bighorn sheep in season. Water catchments such as this one are intended to expand the range of the desert bighorn sheep by providing additional permanent water sources. This enables the animals to use more of their natural habitat."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Nevada: A Guide to the State's Greatest Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"This trail connects White Rock Spring and Willow Spring, running along the steep base of the White Rock Hills."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Easy Day Hikes: Las Vegas (Falcon Guides).
"A day hike connecting White Rock Spring and Willow Spring, in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The trail is the closed dirt road on the left (west). Follow this road toward the White Rock Spring water catchment; just before you reach it, look for the trail to Willow Spring on the left, heading in a southwesterly direction. The trail follows along the base of the White Rock Hills, and joins the Willow Spring Trail across from the Lost Creek parking area. This hike ends at the Lost Creek trailhead."
"A cross-country day hike in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area featuring a dramatic view of La Madre Spring Valley. Go west down a short closed road, which drops into the wash to the right of the White Rock Hills. Then continue up the wash along the base of the sandstone bluffs. After about 0.5 mile, a faint trail veers out of the wash to the right. A few cairns mark the route as it parallels the wash. A little over 1 mile from the trailhead, the route reaches a saddle with excellent views of the west side of the White Rock Hills and the valley above La Madre Spring. The towering limestone cliffs on the right make a somber contrast with the bright sandstone to the left."
"An easy day hike on an informal trail to a vantage point that features a dramatic view of the valley containing La Madre Spring."
We began the hike on a 4-wheel drive road and then went off to the right further up the road. The hike was relatively flat with a mild elevation gain. Near the end, we had a view of bottle rock which was a large rock shaped like a bottle. There was some shade on the last part of the hike. There was a lot of different desert vegetation along the way. There were some scenic views and history along the way.
This is a relatively short hike that is fairly easy aside from the almost constant incline. It is not a real breath taking trail, but it does have some nice scenery. There's a nice, very large and flat sandstone area at the end if you want to take a picnic lunch with you. It's very child friendly, and they should be able to hike it themselves if they're over two.
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