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Harris Springs Road
Backroads Around Las Vegas, Spring Mountains (Mt. Charleston)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Spring Road
Kyle Canyon Road, approaching Harris Springs Rd

Overview

Harris Springs Road is a maintained backcountry road that runs south from Kyle Canyon Road (Highway 157) into the wild backcountry of Spring Mountains National Conservation Area along the east base of Harris Mountain. The road provides access to Harris Springs Ranch and to hiking and camping areas higher on Harris Mountain.

Harris Springs Ranch provides long-term residential substance abuse treatment for men. They prefer no interaction from the public, so please respect their no trespassing signs at the end of the road.

Link to map.

Harris Spring Road
Kyle Canyon Road sign announcing Harris Springs Rd

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about driving in the desert, ...this is a fairly easy drive, but sometimes the washboards get pretty bad. Always watch for crazy drivers careening around blind corners.

The road is maintained, but the exact condition depends on the time since grading and the history of rain and flooding, but it should be suitable for a carefully driven sedan.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this road is short, be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials.

Harris Spring Road
Kyle Canyon Road, arriving at Harris Springs Rd

Getting to the Roadhead

This hike is located in lower Kyle Canyon, on the edge of the Spring Mountains National Conservation Area, about 30 minutes northwest of Las Vegas.

From town, drive north on Highway 95 to Kyle Canyon Road (Highway 157; Table 1, Site 0667). Turn left onto Kyle Canyon Road and drive west for 12.3 miles to Harris Springs Road (Site 0764), which is just past two paved and lighted "chain up" pullouts. Watch for a highway sign on the right side of the highway with an arrow pointing left.

Harris Spring Road
Kyle Canyon Road at Harris Springs Rd

The Road

From the pavement, turn left onto the infrequently graded Harris Springs Road and drive south as the road runs out across Kyle Canyon Wash. At the base of the hillside, Harris Springs Road turns left to climb the hillside, while a minor road (Site 1283) turns right and runs out to the Kyle Canyon Slots Trailhead.

Harris Springs Road cuts up and left across the hillside to climb out of the wash. Beyond the wash, the road generally runs south, passing several minor side roads as it winds around and runs over the hills. Through here, the main road always is obvious because it is graded and the side roads are not.

The road eventually drops into Harris Springs Wash at a fork in the road (Site 1278; 2.36 miles from the pavement) with three information signs. The graded road to the left runs down Harris Springs Wash.

Harris Spring Road
Kyle Canyon Road at Harris Springs Rd

Continuing south (straight), Harris Springs Road passes a minor side road to the right and then passes Forest Road 104 on the right (Site 0767; 3.31 miles out). This is Harris Mountain Road; watch for a sign reading "Griffith Peak Trailhead," with an arrow to the right and indicating 5 miles. Harris Mountain Road leads to numerous primitive camping areas and Griffith Peak Trailhead.

Beyond Harris Mountain Road, Harris Springs Road continues south for another 1/2 mile. The public portion of Harris Springs Road ends at a gate with no trespassing signs. Beyond the gate, Harris Springs Ranch provides long-term residential substance abuse treatment for men. They prefer no interaction from the public, so please respect their privacy. I once walked into the ranch during a minor emergency and found the staff to be very pleasant and helpful.

Harris Spring Road
Beginning of Harris Springs Rd (view S)
Harris Springs Road
Harris Springs Rd turning up and out of Kyle Wash (view SE)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Springs Rd climbing out of Kyle Wash (view SE)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Springs Rd running over the hills (view S)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Springs Rd running over the hills (view S)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Springs Rd running over the hills (view S)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Springs Rd running over the hills (view S)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Springs Rd running over the hills (view S)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Springs Rd arriving at Harris Wash Rd (view S)
Harris Spring Road
Information signs at Harris Wash Rd (view S)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Springs Rd passing a minor side road (view S)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Springs Rd running up Harris Canyon (view S)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Springs Rd running up Harris Canyon (view S)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Springs Rd arriving at Harris Mountain Rd (view S)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Mountain Rd sign for Griffith Peak Trailhead (view SW)
Harris Spring Road
Harris Springs Rd at Harris Mountain Rd (view S)

Table 1. Backroad Coordinates (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Roadway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0667 Hwy 95 at Kyle Canyon Rd 651544 4021405 36.32758 115.31167 2,820 Yes
0764 Kyle Canyon Rd at Harris Springs Rd 632942 4015180 36.27423 115.51990 5,400 Yes
0767 Harris Springs Rd at Harris Mountain Rd 631261 4012015 36.24593 115.53915 5,728 Yes
1278 Harris Springs Rd at Harris Wash Rd 632248 4013005 36.25472 115.52799 5,508 Yes
1283 Harris Springs Rd at USFS Rd 45532H 632973 4014969 36.27232 115.51960 5,404 GPS
1287 Harris Springs Ranch 631024 4011239 36.23897 115.54191 5,935 Map

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
© 2014 Jim Boone; Last updated 120822

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