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Cathedral Rock Trailhead and Mt. Charleston Trailhead
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Mount Charleston Area
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Trailhead sign at turnoff from Kyle Canyon Road

Cathedral Rock Trailhead is located up in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (known to locals as Mt. Charleston), about 1 hour northwest of Las Vegas. The trailhead provides hiker access the Cathedral Rock Trail, South Loop Trail, Echo Overlook Trail, Griffith Peak Trail, Echo Trail, and myriad other destinations.

There are two parking lots. Driving on the access road, turn right into the Upper Trailhead Parking Lot, or continue straight into the Lower Trailhead Parking Lot. Note that the Lower Trailhead Parking is farther in and at a higher elevation than is the Upper Trailhead Parking.

The trail starts uphill between the two parking lots, a bit left of an information kiosk and bench. Look for stone stairs.

Link to trailhead map.

Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Lower parking area (view SE)

The access road is gated, but the gate always is open during the summer season. It will be locked during winter.

Drinking water is available adjacent to the flush toilets in the Lower Trailhead Parking Lot. There is another toilet in the Upper Trailhead Parking Lot.

Getting to the Trailhead

From town, drive out to the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. From the Spring Mountains Visitor Center (Table 1, Site 0726), continue up Kyle Canyon Road for 4.6 miles to Cathedral Rock Access Road (Site 1289). Turn right onto the access road, which is just before the Mt. Charleston Lodge. On the access road, drive southeast about 200 yards to the parking lots.

Cathedral Rock Trailhead Entrance

Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Kyle Canyon Road approaching Trailhead Access Road (view E)
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Access road direction sign (view E)
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Driving up the access road (view SE)
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Direction sign (view S)

Cathedral Rock Trailhead Upper Parking (lower elevation)

Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Upper Trailhead Parking (view W)
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Entering Upper Trailhead Parking (view NW)
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Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Old short-cut trail to original trailhead (view NW)
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Restroom and handicapped parking
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Upper Trailhead Parking (view SE towards trail)
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Upper Trailhead Parking (view NW exiting trail)

Cathedral Rock Trailhead Lower Parking (higher elevation)

Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Lower Trailhead Parking (view SE)
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Entering Lower Trailhead Parking (view SE)
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Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Toilets and information signs (view E)
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Flush toilets and drinking water (view SE)
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Drinking water (view SE)
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Fifty numbered parking spaces
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Lower Trailhead Parking (view SE exiting trail)
more to come
More to come ...

Start of the Trail

Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Start of trail (view NW from Lower Parking)
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Start of trail (view W)
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Start of trail (view SE from Upper Parking)
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Start of trail (view S)
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Exiting trail towards Upper Parking
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Exiting trail towards Lower Parking

Trailhead Information Signs

Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Trailhead information sign
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Trailhead information sign; note hiker atop Cathedral Rock
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
It's the birdandhike lady!
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Palmer's Chipmunk (photo courtesy birdandhike!)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0726 Spring Mts Visitor Center 624580 4013810 36.26300 115.61319 6,932 Yes
1289 Kyle Canyon Rd at Cathedral Rock Trailhead Rd 621582 4013115 36.25711 115.64667 7,687 Yes
1469 Cathedral Rock Trailhead 621731 4013026 36.25629 115.64502 7,713 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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