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North Peak - Red Rock Canyon

Demanding summit hike on an unmaintained but well marked trail.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 1.4 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, is enjoyed by hikers and climbers alike. Red Rock Canyon is the seventh such conversation... more »

Tips:  Backcountry Route! Safely hiking backcountry routes depend on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention to ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking option #1 low clearance vehicles

Follow I-215 (Las Vegas Beltway) to W Charleston Blvd. Proceed west on hwy-159 to the Red Rock Canyon. Entrance fee is $7.00 per day. Enter the scenic loop drive (one way only) and turn off at La Madre Spring road. A large asphalt parking area sits directly off the scenic loop drive. Restrooms available.

Park and hike down La Madre Springs road ... More

2. Parking option #2 high clearance vehicles

Continue along the La Madre Spring road. Turning from asphalt to gravel the way becomes rugged but passable to high clearance vehicles. Ample pullouts exist for parking. Drive as far a possible. Park and hike to trailhead.

3. Parking option #3 4x4 high clearance vehicles, ATV

Driving to the trailhead requires at minimum a 4x4 high clearance vehicle or ATV. Rocky Gap Road is rugged with sharp turns and narrow passes. Proceed with caution on Rocky Gap Road.

4. North Peak Trailhead

Follow Rocky Gap road until it enters a large gravel wash. Look east, several large cairns mark the trailhead.

5. Ridgeline trail

The trail is well worn and proceeds up the obvious ridgeline. Heading first south-southeast before turning east and climbing to the saddle high on the ridge. Be prepared for a steep ascent.

6. Enter Slickrock section of scramble

Cairns mark the path, when the trail leaves the Pinion pine and Juniper trees, in favor of slickrock scramble. A large cairn sits atop a rocky outcropping that can be spotted far down the hill. This is the direction of travel. Continue to follow the cairns until the high saddle is reached.

7. Saddle and High Plateau

At the saddle and the level plateau, turn north, and follow the various paths toward the rocky peak of North Peak.

8. Summit of North Peak

Several false summits exist, it is best to stay on the western slope rather than climbing to the first peak spotted from the plateau. Stay to the western slope and the summit will be obvious.

9. Peak 7244 option

Peak baggers: Peak 7244 is a short modest hike along the ridgeline. This ranked peak has a rise of 404'.

10. Return same direction

Return by following the cairns back through the slickrock and onto the ridgeline trail. Steep, the descent will take you back to Rocky Gap Road.