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Lone Mountain - Perimeter Loop Route
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Lone Mountain

Overview

Lone Mountain is a steep, isolated, rocky butte in NW Las Vegas just inside the Interstate-215 Beltway. The summit stands some 600 feet above the surrounding homes, giving great views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

There are several steep routes up Lone Mountain, but sometimes we just don't need that. The Perimeter Route provides a nice, not-quite-flat hike that circumnavigates the peak. Hikers can start at either trailhead and walk in either direction, as it is a loop, but as described here, the route starts at the Lone Mountain Park trailhead, heads out to the north, and loops around in a counter-clockwise direction.

Lone Mountain is good place for a quick get-away or after-work hike; and as one guy on the trail said, it beats an afternoon workout on a treadmill.

Link to route map.

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Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this hike is about as safe as it gets, but don't get complacent.

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

Perimeter Route
East side perimeter trail (old road; view NW)

Getting to the Trailhead

Lone Mountain is located in the northwest part of urban Las Vegas, just inside the Western Beltway (Highway I-215) between Lone Mountain and Alexander roads. From town, drive north on Highway 95 or Highway 215 to the northwest part of town.

Continue to the Lone Mountain Discovery Park Trailhead, which is located on the east side of the mountain, or to the Vegas Vista Trail Trailhead, which is located on the west side of the mountain.

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The Hike

From the Lone Mountain Discovery Park Trailhead (Wpt. 60), the Perimeter Route runs northwest on the desert flats along the east side of Lone Mountain. Here, the route follows an old road that still gets some use.

At the north end of Lone Mountain, the route turns west and wraps around the toe of the North Ridge (Wpt. 61). In a few steps, the Perimeter Route passes the use-trail that climbs the North Ridge, but the Perimeter Route stays on the desert flats (here between the mountain and the I-215 fence.

In about 250 yards (Wpt. 62), hikers can choose to stay left close under the North Ridge following an old road or stay right on more gentle flats, again mostly following old roads.

Perimeter Route
East side of Lone Mtn near the north end (view NW)

For hikers who stay right, the route runs out to the Vegas Vista Trailhead (Wpt. 01). Staying left, the route misses the trailhead, staying closer to the base of the mountain (Wpt. 02; Wpt. 03). The two versions rejoin (Wpt. 63) and continue south.

The route follows old roads and washes southeast, eventually wrapping around the south end of Lone Mountain (Wpt. 30). Hikers can even use the sidewalk along Alexander along here. Continuing northeast, a use-trail leads to an old road that runs north between the base of the mountain and the block wall of a residential neighborhood (Wpt. 64; Wpt. 65; Wpt. 66).

Eventually, the old road leads back into the Lone Mountain Park Trailhead area (Wpt 67) to complete the loop.

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Approaching the north end of Lone Mountain (view NW)
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Stay left between fence and Lone Mountain (view NW)
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Nearing I-215 (view NW)
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Approaching the north tip of Lone Mountain (view NW)
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Approaching the north tip of Lone Mountain (view NW)
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Hiker at the north tip of Lone Mountain (view SW)
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North tip of Lone Mountain (view SW)
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Trail between Lone Mountain and I-215 (view SW)
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Trail between Lone Mountain and I-215 (view SW)
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Turning south (view (S)
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Trail merges with ATV trail (view S)
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Passing first of three turnoffs to Regular Route up Lone Mtn
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Looking up the Regular Route (view SE)
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Trail forks; stay right towards Vegas Vista trailhead (view S)
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Trail forks; choose either fork, but photos stay left (view S)
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Passing dirt berm (view S)
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Passing dirt road to trailhead (view S)
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Old road climbs over highpoint ...
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... then descends into wash (view S)
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Hiker in wash (view S)
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Wash merges with old road from trailhead (view S)
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Hiker on broad, sandy old road (view SE)
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Sandy wash (view SE)
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Staying left against hillside (view SE)
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Trail passes boulders along base of hillside (view SE)
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Approaching Alexander Rd (view SE)
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Hikers can choose dirt trail or cement sidewalk (view E)
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Hiker on cement sidewalk (view E)
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Trail departs Alexander on dirt road (view E)
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Dirt road behind neighborhood (view NE)
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Dirt road behind neighborhood (view N)
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Several dirt roads intersect (view NE)
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Returning to the Lone Mountain Park Trailhead (view N)

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

Wpt. Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
60 Lone Mt Trailhead East 651907 4011611 2,593 0.00 0.00 GPS
61 North Toe 651331 4012264 2,743 0.58 0.58 GPS
62 Trail Forks 651189 4012124 2,756 0.13 0.71 GPS
01 Lone Mt Trailhead West 651072 4011723 2,789 0.28 0.99 GPS
63 Trail Forks 651132 4011469 2,773 0.18 1.17 GPS
30 Toe South Ridge 651771 4010935 2,669 0.61 1.78 GPS
64 Trail Forks 651868 4011069 2,623 0.11 1.89 GPS
65 Trail Forks 651868 4011286 2,628 0.14 2.03 GPS
66 Trail Forks 651887 4011456 2,599 0.11 2.14 GPS
67 Trailhead 651963 4011594 2,487 0.11 2.25 GPS

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