Las Vegas: White Rock Hills Loop

On this 7.5-miler, you'll roam the geologically rich Red Rock Canyon, where bighorn sheep wander through desert gardens and piñon-juniper forests.

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Mapped by Tiger Mendez

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.1



Location: 36.1665000915527, -115.475402832031

Hike N along dirt road into Mojave Desert. Note: There are no reliable water sources on this roughly 4-hour dayhike


Location: 36.1734390258789, -115.477401733398

Turn R @ Y onto White Rock Loop Trail and cross scrubby wash; to E, gray limestone rock rests on red sandstone


Location: 36.1828498840332, -115.487297058105

Knobby wall of White Rock Hills rises to 5,977 ft.; look E across Red Rock Valley to Turtlehead Peak, Blue Diamond Hill, Vegas


Location: 36.1842918395996, -115.492599487305

Small saddle: continue descent. See La Madre Mtns. to N


Location: 36.1775512695312, -115.499603271484

Stick to main trail through the wash (many spur trails). Terrain begins to level out into a more lush riparian area


Location: 36.1723403930664, -115.503799438477

Head into Red Rock Wash. In .1 mi, keep L


Location: 36.1660614013672, -115.507598876953

Have lunch on boulders under shade of piñons, junipers. Then meet up with jeep track and cross Red Rock Wash


Location: 36.1621398925781, -115.500198364258

Pass Willow Spring Picnic Area. Scan for bighorn sheep herds that winter in these lower elevations


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Leave Red Rock Wash and head E. Pass archaeological site featuring an agave roasting pit and some petroglyphs of painted hands. Once out of the wash, contour N


Location: 36.1629791259766, -115.484100341797

Full view across serrated front of the White Rock Hills. Keep ascending N and cross a few dusty, rolling ridges


Location: 36.169490814209, -115.484703063965

Reach top of wash; in 275 ft., close loop @ WPT 2. Return to trailhead