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Backpacker Magazine – November 2012

Trail Mix: Great November Hikes in the West

Your region's go-now guide: See newts on the move in California and bears heading for lower elevation in Beartooths, MT

by: Nathan Pipenberg (Cape Perpetua, Windy Mountain), Heather Steinberger (Secrets of the Rangers), Rachel Zurer

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area (Photo by Thomas Hallstein)
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area (Photo by Thomas Hallstein)
Newt (Photo by South12Photography/Shutterstock.com)
Newt (Photo by South12Photography/Shutterstock.com)
Oak Creep Look, Red Rock Canyon NCA (Photo by Dave Miller)
Oak Creep Look, Red Rock Canyon NCA (Photo by Dave Miller)

Explore: Las Vegas Trails
Oak Creek Loop, Red Rock Canyon NCA

With average high temperatures in the mid-60s, November is the perfect time to wander this Joshua tree- and buckhorn cholla-studded desert. Follow this 4.2-mile loop into a creek-laced canyon offering views of Rainbow Mountain (pictured) and the Calico Hills (Trip ID 350303). Then download our free smartphone app, GPS Trails, to check out more Sin City-area dayhikes: backpacker.com/gpstrails.




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