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White Rock Loop

A hike in Red Rock Canyon with great contrast.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 6.3 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  This hike at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, Nevada is a study in contrast. You are always in the Mojave Desert, but it looks... more »

Tips:  If you want to get the elevation part of the hike over quicker, hike clockwise from the picnic area.  You will have the elevation... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Pictographs

At this spot, there are several handprints on the sandstone wall. The area is fenced to keep people from getting to the rock art and perhaps damaging it through touching. Next to this area is a roasting pit used by the native Americans. There are interpretive markers at each site.

2. The trail continues

This is one of the views you have of the trail as it descends into the wash below and then back up the other side.

3. Spring flower

A Mariposa Lily blooming along the trail. They are quite lovely and very delicate.

4. White Rock Spring

The small concrete basin that holds spring water brought by pipe from the White Rock Mountain.

5. Bathrooms

There is a pit toilet at this parking lot - the White Rock trail parking lot.

6. Iron deposits

The sandstone formations near the parking lot show the nodules of iron ore that are "rusting" as time progresses. Eventually these nodules fall of the sandstone.

7. Fork in the trail

This is the turnoff for the Keystone Thrust Trail. The last time I hiked this trail, the Penn State Alumni letters were almost unreadable. I'm not sure if they're still the trail monitors.

8. More flowers

These are paint plants - sometimes called Indian paintbrushes. They like the limestone soil as you gain the higher elevations.

9. The view

The hidden forest of Red Rock Canyon. The view of the area behind White Rock Mountain.

10. Western side

This is the western side of White Rock Mountain with its many amazing sandstone formations.

11. Shinarump

The conglomerate formation known as shinarump with a pine tree growing in the "window."

12. Trail

This is one of my favorite views along the trail as it leads through the juniper and pinyon of the area.

13. Another fork

This is the point where the White Rock Loop Trail meets the La Madre Springs trail.