Las Vegas, NV: Cathedral Rock

Trek 1.4 miles to the summit of Cathedral Rock. BY CHELISE SIMMONS

From the trailhead, climb steeply south beneath the limestone cliffs of Cathedral Rock and Echo Cliff. In less than .25 mile, pass the junction to the South Loop Trail (to Griffith Peak), which is closed due to the Carpenter 1 Fire in 2012. Just a little ways up, take the Echo Trail toward Cathedral Rock.

Zigzag through the pine and aspen woods on a rocky trail (booties recommended for pooches). Just shy of mile 1, cross an avalanche chute across Mazie Canyon and continue toward Cathedral Rock, heading northeast. You can gaze east all the way down Kyle Canyon and across to the mountains of Desert National Wildlife Range.

The trail levels out for a hundred yards leading you to the backside of Cathedral Rock and the final ascent to the top. The final 200 yards switchback steeply with great views. At the top, enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding Spring Mountains.

Random Information:
- The trailhead is located between the upper and lower Cathedral Rock parking lots.
- In spring, you’ll enjoy colorful wildflowers and butterflies which are endemic to the area. In autumn, the aspens turn gold. They’re the only trees that can withstand the repeated avalanches in the Mazie Canyon avalanche chute.
- This is a great hike to train for the longer in the area. The trail is steep, but short and the views that await you are gorgeous.
- The Spring Mountains can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the Vegas Valley below.
- Gain 870 feet in 1.4 miles from 7,760 feet to 8,630 feet

- Palmer’s chipmunk
- Common raven
- Goshawk
- Mt. Charleston blue butterfly

Trail Facts

  • State: NH
  • City: Las Vegas
  • Distance: 2.8
  • Contact: Forest Service: (702) 515-5400 Visitor Center: (702) 872-5486
  • Land Type: National Forest