Nevada is home to many beautiful hiking areas that leave other states envious. Even though some of the hiking trails are difficult, you’ll have the opportunity to experience some amazing views once you reach the end. Listed below are 10 of the best hiking spots in Nevada.
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1. Black Mountain Trail
Black Mountain, located in Henderson, is the most prominent mountain of the McCullough Range, having an elevation of 5,093 feet. The Black Mountain Trail is 6.8 miles out and back, and is rated to be difficult. You'll enjoy great views once you reach the top.
2. Sierra Canyon Trail
The Sierra Canyon, located in Genoa, offers a great hiking trail. Because the trail is 9.6 miles one way, you'll want to allow a full day if you plan to hike it.
3. Marlette Lake Trail
The Marlette Lake Trail, located in Carson City, is 8.8 miles out and back, and it features a beautiful lake. This hiking trail is rated to be easy and is also dog friendly.
4. Turtlehead Peak
Located within the Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas, Turtlehead Peak is a very strenuous hike to tackle. If you decide to hike Turtle Peak, be prepared to climb about 2,000 feet in 2.15 miles. And if you don't think that's steep enough, add an additional 800 vertical-feet hike that will lead you to the summit ridge in only 0.4 miles. While hiking this trail, you'll come across a lot of loose rocks. Be careful!
5. Mount Rose
Mount Rose, located in Washoe County, is the highest mountain in the county with an elevation of 10,785 feet. Mount Rose offers many hiking trails, but if you plan to hike the main trail on the weekend, keep in mind that it can get very crowded. Expect to see many other hikers.
6. Cathedral Gorge Trail
Located outside of Caliente, the Cathedral Gorge Trail (Cathedral Gorge State Park) is an easy hike that lasts about 6 miles. You'll experience beautiful views while hiking this trail.
7. Goldstrike Canyon Hot Springs Trail
Located in Boulder City, the Goldstrike Canyon Hot Springs Trail is rated to be a difficult hike, 4 miles out and back. While hiking through this beautiful canyon, you'll see hot springs pools and experience amazing views. If you face difficulty along the way, don't worry. There are several ropes throughout the trail to help you in steep areas. Prepare to spend half a day hiking this trail.
8. Kraft Mountain
Kraft Mountain, located within Red Rock Canyon, offers many different trail options that will take you to the peak, which has an elevation of 4,714 feet. Whichever trail you take, it'll be about 4 miles round trip.
9. Blue Diamond Hill Fossil Trail
Also located within the Red Rock Canyon, the Blue Diamond Fossil Trail is one of many trails on the northwest end of Blue Diamond Hill. The trail runs for 2.28 miles and provides wonderful views of the Red Rock Cliffs.
10. Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge
The Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge is a protected wildlife refuge that's located at the end of the Pahranagat Valley in Alamo, Nevada. The hiking trails in this refuge are rated to be easy and they cross through five different habitat types, giving hikers a chance to see meadows, lakes, marshes and desert landscapes--all within a single day visit. Hiking this refuge will last about 6 miles out and back, and leashed dogs are allowed.