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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
On March 12th Daylight Savings Time begins. This marks the prime-time to hike in Red Rock Canyon. It will not get dark until 7 pm, the same time the Scenic Loop Road closes.
The snow has melted and the ice is gone! However, the washes still have water in them, making for a scenic hike.
All of the above factors make this the prime-time to hike in Red Rock. This is your best bet to do the longest and toughest hikes in Red Rock.
Here's my list of some of the toughest hikes in Red Rock:
1. Rainbow Peak - no easy route to the summit. The shortest route is: Rainbow Peak Without the Ledge. This route has lots of Class 4 sections and ropes.
STATS: Distance 7 miles; Elevation gain: 3,072 feet
2. Mt. Wilson - highest sandstone peak in Red Rock. The elevation gain is over 3,000 feet. The shortest route is Cleaver Crack, but there are plenty of very steep sections, since the distance is shorter than other routes, but the elevation gain is the same. Video of the hike.
STATS: Distance 8 miles; Elevation gain: 3,014 feet
3. Pine Creek Peak - A cool peak located at the back of Pine Creek Canyon. Lots of scrambling and exposure on this awesome route. Video of the hike.
STATS: Distance 7.5 miles; Elevation gain: 2,845 feet
Remember a mile of scrambling equals two miles for trail hiking!
Did you know the 52 Peak Club leads all of these hikes? Check them out here.
Do you agree my picks? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading,
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