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Calico Tanks Trail

Las Vegas, NV

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Calico Tanks Trail is a 2.5 mile out and back trail located in Red Rock Canyon, which is 16 miles west of Las Vegas, NV. The tank can vary from dry to several feet deep. This is a very popular hike.

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North Loop Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Awesome trail and one of my favorites! I did this hike in mid-August and started at 2:45 am because I knew it was going to get hot. Amazing views throughout. I completed it as a day trip (8 hr RT) but wish I would've camped a night. There are stellar sites about half to three quarters of the way up. Very easy to navigate. Take plenty of water and nutrition.

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mustang trail
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31 Completed 7 Reviews

We did this half-day 7 mile trail with Escape Adventures. Our tour guide, Brandon, was super knowledgeable and fun! My boyfriend and I did this last week. We’re from Oregon, in our young 30s, and are relatively outdoorsy, healthy, and athletic. I went into this as a newbie mountain biker (although with cycling class experience) and the bf went into this with mountain biking experience, but only as a kid (20+ years ago). He did okay, but I did not.

Spinning/cycling class skills do not transfer over to mountain biking well. I had difficulty learning how to balance my weight, position my body, and apply the brakes. The terrain had loose gravel, large rocks, and prickly plants along the narrow trail. On one of the first dips, my brain froze and I applied the L brake (front wheel) because I’m L-handed, rather than the R (rear). I went head first into the prickly plants & rocks. My left thigh was pinned under the handlebars until I unfroze. This is not a trail to practice and experiment on for the 1st time. During the switchbacks, I was intimidated and got off my bike and walked which was allowed and even encouraged. The tour guide and our fellow rider rode ahead and then the 4 of us would reconvene for briefing before the next portion. This was great because they were able to do their thing while the bf and I took it slow. Overall, the bf had minimal problems with the trail, unlike me. Although both of us were panting heavily during the climbs due to the change in elevation, dry air, and hot sun.

The trail and landscape was beautiful. We got some great photos and captured many of my falls on my GoPro which has been comical to watch. I’m still bruised and limping one week later, but battle wounds are the best.

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Ice Box Canyon Trails
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12 Completed 12 Reviews

2-17-15, nice gentle hike with some bouldering. Most large bouldrrs have side trails. Canyon was very cool in shade, a few climbers on rock wall near entrance.

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Turtlehead Peak Trail
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12 Completed 12 Reviews

2-17-15, awesome rock scramble and hike to top. When leaving TH, stay to right in river bed, you will come to trail that stays on a moraine with better views. Climb on the white and red rock for fun.

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Ice Box Canyon Trails
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23 Completed 7 Reviews

Was staying in Vegas and needed to get away and hike! This was so convenient to the Strip... only about 30 minutes away by car. Wasn't sure where to start and had a limited amount of time, so we stopped by the visitor center. The staff were very helpful: recommended based on scenery, difficulty, and amount of time. Went in February, so wore a light jacket and was comfortable. Does get colder once the sun starts to set! Driving the canyon loop alone was amazing, but actually standing right in the middle of the rocks and looking out at the sun setting on the canyon was literally breathtaking. The colors were unreal. I now understand how people fall so deeply in love with the Southwest's landscape. I want to return and check out the other hikes someday.

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Fern Canyon
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Didn't make it to the ferns, but the hike was stunning. I couldn't believe a place like this existed so close to Las Vegas. Beautiful scenery, wildlife, and lots of people having fun. I gotta do this hike again to the top.

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Turtlehead Peak Trail
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21 Completed 3 Reviews

Absolutely loved this hike. it can get pretty treacherous once you start heading up the peak but well worth it. Trail markers go off in a few directions so you can get a bit off path and find yourself doing a bit of rock climbing...Took 3 hrs round trip total 5 miles. Enjoy lunch on the peak.

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First Creek
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I went with my wife and dog, and we love it, we're coming back!!

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Trail Canyon Trail
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10 Completed 10 Reviews

love this trail pretty strenuous 2 miles to the junction to the north loop or 6 more miles to charleston peak...have hiked this 4 or 5 times and great view of mummy mountain when you arrive at the junction....not crowded but not secluded by any means....this is the way to go for a great strenuous but not overbearing way to get to charleston peak.....

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Mary Jane Falls Trail
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10 Completed 10 Reviews

nice starter hike for me when i moved to vegas from wv.....not a long hike by any means and you get great views of charleston peak...there is a cave close to where a waterfall is running when there is a lot of snow melt from the mountain....the switchbacks are gradual but a little steep in some places...great place to enjoy the scenery have lunch and take your time....this is right above where the trailhead canyon trail leads up to the junction to hike to charleston peak

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