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White Cross Trailhead
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White Cross Trailhead
White Cross Trailhead
White Cross Trailhead (view west from Hwy 160)

The White Cross Trailhead is located in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, about 45 minutes west of Las Vegas, but not in the Scenic Loop Road fee area. The trailhead is located on Highway 160, west of the intersection with Highway 159 (West Charleston Blvd). 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 2.3 miles. Watch for a dirt parking area on the right side of the highway, on the outside of a sweeping left curve; there is no sign on the highway. Turn right onto the White Cross parking area (Site 1182) and park anywhere in the dirt. Parking near the pavement is easier, but with a truck or other high-clearance vehicle, hikers can drive another 50 yards to the end of a rough spur road a bit to the west. Either way, park here; the end of the spur road is the trailhead.

White Cross Trailhead
The White Cross

Link to trailhead map.

The name "White Cross" Trailhead comes from a white cross memorializing a driver who failed to stay on the curving highway. Pay attention and drive carefully here as vehicles often are traveling in excess of 70 mph along this section of highway.

The White Cross Trailhead primarily is used by mountain bike riders to access the Cottonwood Valley North bike trail system. The town of Blue Diamond is nearly due north of here, just over the ridge.

Trails: Ridgeline Loop Trail, Blue Diamond Town Bike Trails, Cottonwood Valley North Bike Trails. Although not a "trail," this trailhead also provides access to the Old Spanish Trail, which ran right through what is now the parking area, although there is no longer any overt evidence of the Old Spanish Trail at this point.

White Cross Trailhead
Main parking; access point is off to the left
White Cross Trailhead
Main parking; access point is past end of road parking
White Cross Trailhead
End of the road (view east)
White Cross Trailhead
Access Point (view N from end of the road)
White Cross Trailhead
Climbing through fence at the Access Point
White Cross Trailhead
Sign (probably not long for this world)
White Cross Trailhead
Trailhead (view from up in hills)
White Cross Trailhead
The White Cross
White Cross Trailhead
Highway 160, approaching the trailhead (view W)
more to come ...

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

Site Location Latitude (N) Longitude (W) UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (feet) Verified
0519 Hwy 159 at Scenic Loop Enter 642120 3999525 36.13183 115.42059 3,681 Yes
0848 Hwy 160 at Blue Diamond Rd 647933 3988875 36.03498 115.35801 3,169 Yes
1182 Hwy 160 at White Cross Trailhead 644341 3988373 36.03099 115.39796 3,484 GPS

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