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Mountain Springs Trailhead
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Mountain Springs Trailhead
Mountain Springs Trailhead

The Mountain Springs Trailhead is located just outside Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, about an hour west of Las Vegas, but not in the Scenic Loop Road fee area. The trailhead is located on Highway 160, just east of (before) the town of Mountain Springs. This trailhead is not in the fee area.

From town, drive out to Red Rocks. From West Charleston at the entrance to the Scenic Loop Road (Table 1, Site 0519), continue west on Charleston Blvd (Hwy 159) all the way past Blue Diamond town to Highway 160 (Site 0848). Turn right onto Highway 160, towards Pahrump, and drive west for 9.5 miles. The highway climbs through the Red Rock cliffs following the route of the Old Spanish Trail. Just before reaching the town of Mountain Springs, watch for wooden, double-pole powerlines along the right (north) side of the highway. When the powerlines turn and cross the highway (Site 0549), turn right onto a paved roadside apron and into a dirt parking area (Site 1070). Park here; this is the trailhead.

Mountain Springs Trailhead

Link to trailhead map.

The trailhead is off the road under single-leaf pinyon pine trees. Several dirt roads converge here, so be sure to park under the trees or otherwise out of the roadways.

The Mountain Springs Trailhead provides access to the top of the Red Rock cliffs and several miles of strenuous hiking.

Trails: Mountain Springs Peak, Hollow Rock Peak, Windy Peak.

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

Site Location Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Easting Northing Elevation (ft) Verified
0519 Hwy 159 at Scenic Loop Entrance 36.13183 115.42059 642120 3999525 3,681 Yes
0549 Hwy 160 at Mt Springs Trailhead Access 36.01344 115.49906 635261 3986280 5,464 GPS
0848 Hwy 160 at Blue Diamond Rd 36.03498 115.35801 647933 3988875 3,169 Yes-2
1070 Mt. Springs Parking 36.01386 115.49898 635268 3986328 5,465 GPS

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