Cathedral Rock hike

Las Vegas
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Cathedral Rock hike

Distance: 2.9mi
Elevation: 863ft
Time: 1-1.5h

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This stunning, popular hike in the Spring Mountains leads up a handful of switchbacks to a rocky promontory, granting sunning panoramic views of the park. The wide, well graded trail is easy to follow.

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Getting there

From Las Vegas follow Route 95 North until just after you pass the city limits. From here watch out for signs towards Nevada 157 and Mt. Charleston. Turn left here and continue along this gradually climbing road for just over 21.0mi, almost till the end of the road. Turn right into the Cathedral Rock Trailhead (signposted as such) to find the large paved parking area.

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When to do

May through September (depending on snow)

Backcountry Campsites

Yes; Dispersed Camping


At Trailhead

Family friendly


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Route Type

Out and back

Cathedral Rock
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Route Description for Cathedral Rock hike

The trail begins between the upper and lower parking areas, beside the large informational sign. Immediately the trail begins to slowly gain elevation. You will pass by a handful of beautiful wooden signs – always follow the arrow pointing towards Cathedral Rock.

As the path continues you will start to switchback and gain more elevation. The trail will soon enter an avalanche chute with many young trees. When we last did the hike (early in the season), there was a ton of deadfall scattered over the trail. That being said, this never made the path hard to follow.

After switchbacking up for a ways, the trail will traverse to the right and you will continue towards the clear rocky promontory. As you approach the point you will have only a handful of more switchbacks to do before cresting the summit.

From the top of the climb you will feel like you are able to see the entire park! Looking down you can see the quaint Old Town, and Charleston Peak will dominate the view to your left. To your right you will see the valley and the road you came in on, as well as the desert in the distance. Additionally, behind you to your right you can see Griffith Peak. Rest here before making you way down to the car.

Insider Hints

  • This hike can be very snowy in the early season. Phone the visitor centre before committing to the drive from Las Vegas.

  • Certainly not a hike to forget your camera for!


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Annie Smith 2 months ago

Nice hike up Cathedral Rock.

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mountaincat 3 months ago

Fun hike but the sun was cruel

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