Top of the Escarpment

Las Vegas, Nevada

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This hike leads to a 7,208-foot unnamed summit, which features excellent views of the numerous sandstone ridges and canyons that make up the Red Rock Escarpment. The trail begins at Red Rock Summit and leaves the road to the east. It winds up around the head of a basin that drains to the west, and eventually reaches the crest of the escarpment. Now follow the ridge east-northeast to a spectacular viewpoint at the head of Icebox Canyon. From this 7,208-foot summit the view encompasses the Spring Mountains to the north, the entire Red Rock Canyon Area, Blue Diamond Mountain, the Las Vegas Valley, Lake Mead, the Mormon Mountains, and Mount Potosi. On clear days, you can see the 8,000-foot Virgin Mountains 85 miles away in extreme northwestern Arizona.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Las Vegas

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Las Vegas

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

This hike leads to a 7,208-foot unnamed summit, which features excellent views of the numerous sandstone ridges and canyons that make up the Red Rock Escarpment.

The trail begins at Red Rock Summit and leaves the road to the east. It winds up around the head of a basin that drains to the west, and eventually reaches the crest of the escarpment. Now follow the ridge east-northeast to a spectacular viewpoint at the head of Icebox Canyon. From this 7,208-foot summit the view encompasses the Spring Mountains to the north, the entire Red Rock Canyon Area, Blue Diamond Mountain, the Las Vegas Valley, Lake Mead, the Mormon Mountains, and Mount Potosi. On clear days, you can see the 8,000-foot Virgin Mountains 85 miles away in extreme northwestern Arizona.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Las Vegas
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Local Maps: USGS: La Madre Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Top of the Escarpment

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