South Loop Trail

Las Vegas, Nevada

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This hike uses a portion of the South Loop Trail to reach a 9,000-foot overlook above Kyle Canyon. The viewpoint offers views of rugged Kyle Canyon and the summits along the ridge east of Charleston Peak. Cathedral Rock Trail also starts from this trailhead; bear left on the South Loop Trail. Initially, the South Loop Trail climbs gradually south, skirting below the massive limestone Echo Cliffs. It crosses a ravine and turns southeast, continuing to climb across the slopes below the cliffs. After crossing a second ravine, the South Loop Trail turns to the south and climbs into a break in the cliffs at the head of the second ravine. Steep, short switchbacks now lead west up a steep slope, and then the South Loop Trail climbs north to a viewpoint at the top of the Echo Cliffs. This stunning viewpoint, with a fine view of Kyle Canyon and the Spring Mountains, is the turnaround point for the hike. To the west, you have a view of the steep north ridges dropping from the summit ridge of Charleston Peak, and to the south, you’re looking at 11,053-foot Griffith Peak.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Las Vegas

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by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

This hike uses a portion of the South Loop Trail to reach a 9,000-foot overlook above Kyle Canyon. The viewpoint offers views of rugged Kyle Canyon and the summits along the ridge east of Charleston Peak.

Cathedral Rock Trail also starts from this trailhead; bear left on the South Loop Trail. Initially, the South Loop Trail climbs gradually south, skirting below the massive limestone Echo Cliffs. It crosses a ravine and turns southeast, continuing to climb across the slopes below the cliffs. After crossing a second ravine, the South Loop Trail turns to the south and climbs into a break in the cliffs at the head of the second ravine. Steep, short switchbacks now lead west up a steep slope, and then the South Loop Trail climbs north to a viewpoint at the top of the Echo Cliffs. This stunning viewpoint, with a fine view of Kyle Canyon and the Spring Mountains, is the turnaround point for the hike. To the west, you have a view of the steep north ridges dropping from the summit ridge of Charleston Peak, and to the south, you’re looking at 11,053-foot Griffith Peak.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Las Vegas
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Local Maps: USGS: Charleston Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to South Loop Trail

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