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Hagen Trail

Red Rock Canyon State Park

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 1.3 miles
Duration: Unknown
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Overview :  The Hagen Trail at Red Rock Canyon State Park travels past red-stained sandstone curtains, rock windows, and desert cliffs. Well over... more »

Tips:  Many interested rocks and features are found off-trail, but be very careful of loose, weak, crumbly rock underfoot and fractured... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking

The Parking is located just off Highway 14 on the west side of Abbott Drive. To reach the trailhead, take the exit off of 14 leading to the Red Rock Canyon State Park Visitor Center and Campground. The parking area is just a few hundred feet on the left after exiting Hwy 14.

CA State Park Day Use Fee is not currently required for this trailhead... More

2. Bench at Overlook

A bench sits atop a pleasant overlook surrounded by Yucca plants

3. Window Rock Junction

The loop part of the trail starts at this junction. In addition, this is the best point to locate Window Rock, a few hundred feet to the west. If you have a compass, window rock is at an azimuth of 287 degrees(true north) or 274 degrees (magnetic north).

4. Window Rock

Window Rock is an example of one of the several rock windows in Red Rock Canyon. It is formed in the red-stained sandy mudstone from erosional processes such as seeping water that continue today. Eventually the window will collapse, but new window rocks will form elsewhere!

5. Fluted Sandstone Cliffs

These fluted sandstone cliffs are overlain by red-stained harder sandstones and basalt (lava flow) rock at the very top. The red staining comes from iron in the rock, and is washed down the cliffs by seeps of water after heavy rains. The curtains, made of very soft sand or mudstone, are formed when water seeps out above them and runs down their ... More

6. Trail close to Reagan Rock

At a slight bend back left in the trail, look to the Northwest at this point for a prominent buttress with a red cap, known as Reagan Rock. Ronald Reagan, starring as Frame Johnson in the 1953 film Law and Order, is shot dead by his brother while standing (and falling off of) this buttress.

7. Ronald Reagan Rock

Reagan Rock is the prominent buttress at this location. Ronald Reagan, starring as Frame Johnson in the 1958 film Law and Order, is shot dead by his brother while standing (and falling off of) this buttress.

The rock leading to the top of the buttress is crumbly, soft, and weak, and there are fractures on the top indicating impeding failure. We... More

8. Trail crosses a wash (extend your hike!)

The trail crosses a wash at this point. Walking up the wash is off-trail, but a pleasant and easy stroll with nice scenery and a good way to extend your hike. The wash leads to a cliff several hundred yards further.

9. End of the Wash

The wash abruptly ends with an 80 feet cliff in Basalt (not sandstone) rock. The basalt is harder than the sandstone, and thus erodes more slowly. It forms sharp cliffs even through washes prone to flash flooding, like this one.

10. Trail Marker near Camel Rock and Movie Set

Southwest of this trail marker is a rock formation known as Camel Rock. (If you have a compass, it is 251 degree from true north, or 238 degrees from magnetic north).

You may have to leave the trail and walk around the rock a bit to get a good sense of the rock. Also in this area is the setting of several movies, including the Ranch in 1958... More

11. Camel Rock

Camel Rock is a notable, camel-like rock formation in the white sandstone. Or perhaps you think it looks like another animal?

12. Gun Battle Canyon

A gun battle erupted in this canyon in the 1958 movie "The Big Country".

13. Turk's Turban

Turk's Turban is an unusual rock formation visible from both the road and the Hagen Trail. The base of the turban has partially eroded away, giving it a shorter, more crooked appearance than the cliffs behind it... resembling a turban!

14. Junction to Bench Overlook

15. Geology

The rocks in this area comprise light-colored weak sand and mudstones overlain by darker and harder volcanic ash and lava (basalt). The red staining seen on the sandstone is a result of iron staining.

The most notable feature in this area is the sandstone fluting, or curtains. This weak layer of rock is overlain by harder rock, protecting the... More

16. Plants

The desert is home to many species of plants which will bloom and dry out at different times of the year.

17. Animals

The desert is home to animals including coyotes, snakes, and small rodents. Many come out at night, and some awaken during the heat of the day.