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Las Vegas, NV: Griffith Peak via South Loop Trail

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Distance: 4.5 miles


Leave the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip for dazzling views on top of Griffith Peak, an 11,060-foot peak an hour northwest of the city.
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail
  • Avalanche Chute
  • Limestone Cliffs
  • Trail Junction
  • Griffith Peak
  • View of Charleston Peak from Griffith Peak

This strenuous nine-miler starts just south of the town of Mt. Charleston. Hike southeast on rocky trail that crosses an aspen-filled avalanche chute twice, then switchbacks up 450 feet in half a mile. After a brief respite at mile two, the trail ramps up for the next two miles to the summit ridge and the half-mile homestretch. From the 11,060-foot summit, you’ll score views of the often-snowy Telescope Peak (the highest point in Death Valley) and the tops of the sandstone bluffs in Red Rock Canyon.

-Mapped by Chelise Simmons

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