Start hiking south on Gass Peak Trail—a dirt service road at the beginning—and in 0.4 miles turn left. The road turns upward and passes creosote bushes and sporadic Joshua Trees. Just before mile one, turn left at the 3-way junction and climb two distinct ridgelines en route to Gass Peak. On the 6,943-foot summit, sun-bleached views stretch to the greater Las Vegas area and the surrounding Sheep Mountains. To return, backtrack to waypoint 3 and veer left, executing a slight detour to Gass Spring. From the spring, the trail meets back up with the service road and the trailhead.
Mapped by Heidi Sackreuter
- Distance: 10.2
Vegas on an extremely bright and hazy day
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Lunch on Gass Peak
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Looking to the peak
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Gass Peak from the first ridge
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Desert National Wildlife Refuge
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Start hiking south on the Gass Peak Trail past creosote bushes and Joshua trees.
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Turn left at Y-junction and continue upwards.
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Continue straight at 3-way junction heading southwest. Views of the desert and surrounding Sheep Mountains begin to open up. The trail traverses the first of two distinct ridgelines en route to Gass Peak.
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The trail becomes faint, sometimes lost in the mountains scree piles.
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Veer right at at the top of the second ridgeline and make the final ascent to Gass Peak.
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Gass Peak (6,943 ft.): Named for Octavius Decatur Gass, one of Vegas' original residents, this is the highest point in the Sheep Mountain range. Several solar panels and radio towers can be found on the peak.
Backtrack to waypoint 3, turn left, and hike to Gass Spring.
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To the right of the service road is Gass Spring, which trickles into a man-made cache for the local wildlife, including bighorn sheep, coyotes, rabbits and kit foxes. Continue along the service road to Waypoint 2, and turn left heading back to the trailhead.