Southern Highlands Radio Tower

This trail goes through the desert. You'll pass cactus flowers in March and April, abandoned cars & hot tubs and you might see a coyote or two. You can follow any road up to the radio tower - either at the base of the hills or near the railway. Bring water as it's very dry and there's no shade.
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This trail goes through the desert. You'll pass cactus flowers in March and April, abandoned cars & hot tubs and you might see a coyote or two. You can follow any road up to the radio tower - either at the base of the hills or near the railway. Bring water as it's very dry and there's no shade.

Head in towards the desert from suburbia, eventually hiking to 3300ft for views of the Las Vegas strip and surrounding area. This is a great trail running area. No need to follow any set path, just head towards the radio tower.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 12.0

Waypoints

STH001

Location: 35.987793, -115.2079849

Trailhead starts on Chartan Ave off Southern Highlands Parkway. Walk along the right side of the fence and head up.

Also: The End

STH002

Location: 35.9846497, -115.2085953

After following the fenceline and vear off to the right up the hill. Don't go all the way to the top, stay just below the highest point and drop back down till you meet up with a road.

When you come back, this is the point where you'll meet back up with the trail you originally started out on.

STH003

Location: 35.980545, -115.2080078

From this point you'll head down the hill towards the road you can see below you. Don't worry - the radio tower is in plain view. you can take any route you choose.

STH004

Location: 35.973587, -115.2132187

Follow the road. Go and explore the hot tub and deserted cars you find. How did a hot tub get out here anyway?

On the way back down you can follow the road back. You won't go back over the hill - you'll stay flat and come around the other side of the hill.

STH005

Location: 35.9705009, -115.211647

STH006

Location: 35.964489, -115.2077866

STH007

Location: 35.9575958, -115.2025833

This is where you are going to vear left towards the start of a short, but steep climb to the top.

STH008

Location: 35.9542618, -115.1947403

This is a nice place to stop and look around as the view is nice from here. Not too far to go now.

STH009

Location: 35.9513512, -115.1920242

Summit at 3300ft with 365 degree views of Vegas. There's some flowers up here too. The radio tower emits harmful waves though so don't stay close for too long.

STH010

Location: 35.9788895, -115.2147675

As the rest of the hike has been a loop and now you're going a different way - you want to head right at the road here. If you feel like exploring further, you can vear left and follow the road around. It will take you to more desert, but come back this way to get back to the trailhead.

STH011

Location: 35.9833145, -115.2133408

You'll take a hard right here off the main road down to another road that will parallel the residential road and take you to the trailhead.

Summit

Location: 35.9514275, -115.192009

Views South on I-15

Location: 35.9514885, -115.192131

Final Push

Location: 35.9532051, -115.193428

Vegas Strip Views

Location: 35.9565773, -115.1976013

Trail

Location: 35.9577332, -115.2024841

Open Desert

Location: 35.9875603, -115.208168

Fenceline

Location: 35.9860535, -115.2084351

View

Location: 35.9846306, -115.208786

Broken Glass

Location: 35.9643898, -115.2077255

Cactus Flower

Location: 35.9704285, -115.2117157

Abandoned Car

Location: 35.968029, -115.2099457

Cactus

Location: 35.9804573, -115.207901