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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
Everyone knows it's hot in Vegas during the summer. I mean this is the desert, but there are hikes you can do in Red Rock Canyon during the summer and not roast!
Rule 1: Get an early start
By early I mean be at the trailhead by 6 am. Why? Two reasons: First, it's much cooler at 6 am.
Second: The hikes I list have lots of shade early in the morning.
Rule 2: Pick hikes with lots of shade. It's amazing how much cooler you are in the shade.
Rule 3: Wear cotton. Cotton has a cooling effect.
Rule 4: Bring lots of water. I would say 3 liters to be safe.
Show Me the Hikes!
All these hikes are short and have lots of shade.
Muffin Boulders - an easy trail hike with great views from the top.
Stats: Four miles up and back with 830 feet of elevation gain.
Kraft Mtn - fun scrambling route (West Route).
Stats: Two miles up and back with 980 feet of elevation gain
Boot Boulder - short scrambling route on class 4 rock.
Stats: 2.2 miles up and back with 950 feet of elevation gain.
Oak Creek Overlook - moderate scrambling route with a rope just below the summit.
Stats: Four miles up and back with 1,450 feet of elevation gain
These hikes are relatively short and start at a much higher elevation ` 5,500 feet
Windy Peak from the backside - mostly trail hike with good views at the summit.
Stats: Five miles up and back with 1,154 feet of elevation gain
Global Peak from the backside - Cool peak with the option of doing a rappel.
Stats: 4.5 miles up and back 1,438 feet of elevation gain
Hollow Rock Peak from the backside - Scenic hike with a class 4 boulder that is the summit.
Stats: 5.2 miles up and back with 1,657 feet of elevation gain
These are my top hikes to do during the summer months in Red Rock Canyon.
See you at the peak,
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV