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Lovell Canyon Trailhead
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Lovell Canyon Trailhead
Lovell Canyon Trailhead
Lovell Summit Road, approaching trailhead parking (view W)

The Lovell Canyon Trailhead is located in Lovell Canyon, about 1-1/4 hours west of Las Vegas. This trailhead is up in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (also known as Mt. Charleston), but this trailhead is on the south side of Mt. Charleston and is accessed from Highway 160 (the road to Pahrump).

This trailhead is located off Highway 160, west of the town of Mountain Springs. From downtown, drive south on Interstate-15 to Highway 160. Exit onto Highway 160 west, towards Pahrump, and drive west out of town and over the mountains. About 3 miles past (west of) Mountain Spring Summit, watch for highway signs and a right turn onto Lovell Canyon Road.

Link to Trailhead Map.

Lovell Canyon Trailhead

On Lovell Canyon Road, drive north on the paved road for 11.0 miles to Lovell Summit Road, which is only a few yards short of the Torino Ranch Gate. Torino Ranch is a place where critically ill and at-risk children get the chance to experience nature and have fun.

Continuing to the trailhead, turn left onto Lovell Summit Road and drive west on the maintained dirt road for 0.4 miles to a wide parking area on the left. Pole fencing defines the parking area, and a kiosk provides local information.

The Lovell Canyon Trailhead provides access to the Lovell Canyon Trail, Schaefer Spring Trail, Griffith Shadow North Trail, Griffith Shadow South Trail, and miles of off-trail hiking in the middle-elevation mountains south of Harris Mountain, Harris Saddle, and Griffith Peak.

Lovell Canyon Trailhead
Lovell Summit Road approaching trailhead (view W)
Lovell Canyon Trailhead
Trailhead Parking (view SW)
Lovell Canyon Trailhead
Trailhead information kiosk (view S)
Lovell Canyon Trailhead
Trailhead Parking (view E)
Lovell Canyon Trailhead
Trail (view N from parking)
Lovell Canyon Trailhead
Start of the trail (view N)
Lovell Canyon Trailhead
Temporary trail sign (view N)
Lovell Canyon Trailhead
Carsonite trail sign with regulations (view N)
Lovell Canyon Trailhead
Trailhead (view SE from along the trail)
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Lovell Canyon Trailhead
Trailhead parking at start of the trail (view N)
Lovell Canyon Trailhead
On the trail, returning to the trailhead (view SE)

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
1013 Hwy 160 at Lovell Canyon Rd 629717 3986740 36.01833 115.56049 4,643 Yes
1078 Lovell Cyn Rd at Lovell Summit Rd 628064 4003086 36.16588 115.57617 5,929 Yes
1160 Lovell Canyon Trailhead 627511 4003145 36.16649 115.58231 5,929 Yes

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