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Griffith Peak Trailhead
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Mount Charleston Area
Harris Saddle Trailhead
Harris Saddle Trailhead

Griffith Peak Trailhead is located up in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (also known as Mt. Charleston), off Harris Springs Road (south of Kyle Canyon Road), about 1.5 hours northwest of Las Vegas. The miles are not long, but the road is slow.

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 the paved and lighted "chain up" pullouts.

From the pavement, it takes most of another hour to get to the trailhead.

Link to Trailhead Map.

Harris Saddle Trailhead
Arriving at the trailhead parking area (view W)

Turn left onto the infrequently graded Harris Springs Road and drive south as the road runs across Kyle Canyon Wash and cuts up and across the hillside on the far side. Out of the wash, the road generally runs south, passing several minor side roads as it winds around and runs over the hills, eventually dropping into Harris Spring Wash at a fork in the road (Site 1278; 2.36 miles from the pavement) with three information signs. Through here, the main road always is obvious because it is graded.

Continuing south (straight) for another 0.9 miles, Harris Springs Road passes a minor side road to the right and then arrives at 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. If you get to a gate and "no trespassing" signs, you've missed the turn.

Harris Saddle Trailhead
Trailhead parking area (view W)

Turning right, Harris Mountain Road runs west and up into the mountains. The main road always is obvious, but many minor side roads and camping areas are passed. Harris Mountain Road has deteriorated over the years, and a high clearance, 2WD vehicle is now necessary. I talked to one Forest Service employee who said that she had been on the road in a USFS truck three times in the last year, and all three times had experienced flat tires.

After 5.68 miles on Harris Mountain Road, the road ends abruptly atop a sharp ridge overlooking Lovell Canyon (Site 0594; 9.0 miles out). Park here; this is the trailhead.

Griffith Peak Trailhead provides access to Harris Saddle, Harris Mountain, Griffith Peak, and eventually the summit of Mt. Charleston (via the South Loop Trail).

Harris Saddle Trailhead
Trailhead parking area (view W)
Harris Saddle Trailhead
Beginning of Griffith Peak Trail
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Harris Saddle Trailhead
Truck blocking spur road to shady parking
Harris Saddle Trailhead
Shady parking (view SW)
Harris Saddle Trailhead
Short spur road to rocky knob (view S)
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Parking area
Harris Saddle Trailhead
Beginning of Griffith Peak Trail (view E into parking area)
Harris Saddle Trailhead
Beginning of Griffith Peak Trail (view W up the trail)
Harris Saddle Trailhead
Road departing the parking area (view SE)
more to come ...

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

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0667 Hwy 95 at Hwy 157 651544 4021405 36.32758 115.31167 2,820 Yes
0764 Kyle Canyon Rd at Harris Springs Rd 632942 4015179 36.27422 115.51990 5,427 Yes
0767 Harris Springs Rd at Harris Mountain Rd 631267 4012007 36.24586 115.53908 5,728 Yes
1277 Griffith Peak Trailhead Parking 626084 4009078 36.22015 115.59721 8,330 GPS
1278 Harris Springs Rd at Harris Wash Rd 632249 4013001 36.25469 115.52798 5,508 GPS

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
© 2014 Jim Boone; Last updated 120621

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