Lone Mountain Peak is the place to be if you are looking for a short hike and great scenery without having to leave the city of Las Vegas, Nevada.
I was in Las Vegas for work during a week this March and as Nevada is known for its natural beauty I wanted to experience something more than structures made by humans. I only had morning times to do something else than work so I started looking for options of places to visit in the early morning.
It took a while to find the right combination of words in Google to find a place which was close to the strip, had an amazing view and I could stress out hiking. After a while all fingers were pointing out to Lone Mountain Peak.
Lone Mountain Peak
The name says it all. It is a lonely mountain in the north west of Las Vegas, the hike is a fairly easy 15 to 30-minute one and it took about 30 minutes to drive there from the strip.
Where to start hiking from?
There is a park on the east side of the mountain from which you can start hiking however if short on time I would recommend to start from the west side of the mountain. Leave the car at the end of the “Vegas Vista Trail” road, you will find a dirt patch with plenty of space for about 5 to 10 cars.
It is from that parking place that the Lone Mountain Trailhead starts. Walk towards the highway and at some point you’ll notice that the trail will start to turn left towards the mountain, very easy to spot. I was there at about 5.30am, still in darkness and there was no trouble to find my way, I used my cellphone torch to light me up from time to time.
The hike is really easy with a mix of lose small rocks and big ones. You can take all the time you need going up and there is no way to get lost. There are some steep parts but even with a not so good physical condition it will take you 30 to 45 minutes to make it up to the summit.
It was absolutely gorgeous.
Since I didn’t have much time to do this hike during the day I decided to make the summit in time for sunrise and what a spectacle! You can see all the valley from there and experience how the Red Rock Canyon in the west starts to wake up.
For this hike it was me and one friend, we were the only ones in there for about 2 hours. Then a couple of people came running to the summit but basically the place is all yours at that time of the day.
After a couple of hours at the peak we headed back to the strip in time for breakfast around 8.30am. Total time driving from/to the strip including summiting and lots of pictures: 3h 30min.