Hike The Mountain Springs Trail

Rate this Adventure 5 miles 1012 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Matt Boetcher

Awesome views over the valley and the strip! A great workout, just a short distance from the city.

Getting there is pretty straight forward. Take 160 west towards mountain springs and use your phone to pull up the trail head on a map. It comes up quick on the right, and is nothing more than a gravel lot with a few 4x4 trails headed out of it. 

There is one main trail, a vehicle path, that leaves this lot directly north. That is the trail you want to start on. About 1/4mi in you will pass a radio tower, shortly after that the path narrows down to a single track and begins to work it's way up through the hills. Eventually you will come to a T in the trail, follow the trail to the left if you wish to reach the final scramble and cliffs pictured above. 

At the T you are able to see the big orange rocks which are the destination, almost directly in front of you, following the trail to the left you will be able to judge where you are and take the first trail that splits off to the right. It will wrap around the hillside and wind down to the large rocks. From here it is a scramble out to the end. BE CAREFUL. The cliffs are off to the right, and come up fast. Be sure to wear shoes with good traction. 

From there it's just a matter of retracing your steps! It's certainly worth it to go late in the afternoon and see the shadows stretch across the valley. If you stay long enough you'll see the strip light up and all the surrounding neighborhoods. Bring a flashlight, it helps on the way out! 

**An image of the routes is included with the photos, the red line is drawn alongside the route shown in the photos. The other options are marked with blue arrows and are very cool out-and-back trips as well, especially the first arrow that splits south.**  

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