Cathedral Rock Trail

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Trail Distance: 3 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr
Elevation Gain: 971 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
Cathedral Rock Trail near Las Vegas is a relatively short hike that presents some challenges, but rewards hikers with furtastic views of Kyle Canyon and the surrounding mountains of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. 

The trailhead can be found near the two parking lots at the Springs Mountain Visitor Center in Maizie Canyon. Hiking through mostly thick forest provides ample shade, although this is desert terrain. Thick copses of aspen and evergreens are sun-shunning canopies that keep you cool. Because of the elevation at the top, be sure to bring plenty of water and a bowl for Fido to avoid dehydration and elevation sickness. A fountain at the trailhead is a pawrfect spot to fill your water bottles.

The beginning of the trail is at a set of stone stairs that take you to the marker, and from here, you and Fido will change direction several times on the dirt and gravel path. The first stop is Echo Cliffs with a sheer drop-off of 1,000 feet and a spot-tacular view! Continue on a level stroll along the saddle that joins Echo Cliffs with the climb to Cathedral Rock. The last .25 mile is quite steep, and covered with rock,  loose shale and slate. One of the popular times to hike this trail is at or near sunset when the pawsome view becomes even more barktiful. Just remember to bring a flashlight for the dark descent!

Wildflowers in the spring and summer, and wildlife year-round are added attractions on this trail. This is the only place in the world to see the endangered Palmer Chipmunk. You'll also likely see deer and possibly mountain lions, so keep Fido nearby. If your greatest wish is a silent trail experience, come in the early morning before the parking lots and trail become filled. Many benches line the path which are pawrfect for resting, having a shot of water or even a picnic. A picnic area near the trailhead is a grreat spot for this, too.

For the feel of a mountain climb that is short enough to do in a morning or afternoon, the Cathedral Rock Trail is pawrfection!

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Rocky, Steep Inclines, Forest, Desert, Mountains
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Waterfall, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
There are extremely dangerous drop-offs at a couple of spots on this trail. Keep a firm hold on your pup's leash to avoid falls. Elevation sickness is common on this trail, so be sure to rest periodically to let your lungs and heart catch up. This goes for doggos too!
Address
2525 Kyle Canyon Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89124
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Address
2525 Kyle Canyon Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89124
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