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White Rock Springs Peak - Red Rock Canyon

Beautiful short summit ascent along a bouldered ridgeline. A wonderful introduction to scrambling in Red Rock Canyon.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.3 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Located beside the main Red Rock Canyon skyline of Bridge Mountain, Rainbow Wall and Mount Wilson; hidden next to the broken sandstone... more »

Tips:  Backcountry Route! Safely hiking backcountry routes depend on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention to ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking option #1 for low clearance vehicles

Follow I-215 (Las Vegas Beltway) to W Charleston Blvd. Proceed west on hwy-159 to the Red Rock Canyon. Entrance fee is $7.00 per day. Enter the scenic loop drive (one way only) and turn off at Red Rock Canyon Rd. A large asphalt parking area sits directly off the loop drive. Park and walk the dirt road to trailhead.

2. Parking option #2 , trailhead, and restroom

Turn off the Scenic Loop Drive and proceed along Red Rock Canyon Rd. This gravel road continues to the trailhead (gravel road for higher clearance vehicles). A small parking lot will hold about 12 - 15 cars. Restrooms available.

3. Leave main trail for scramble

Follow the White Rock - La Madre Spring Loop for about 50'. On the hikers left is an information sign regarding prehistoric kitchens. Leave the maintained trail at this point and hike around the oven headed west. A faint trail will become evident which leads up the ridge line, crossing boulders and brush.

4. Ridgeline bouldering

Follow the ridgeline around boulders and brush. Some route finding skills and scrambling are required (class 2). Follow the ridge to the higher plateau.

5. Easy ridge hiking

Hiking the higher plateau becomes easier and the views are stunning. The angled view allows a prominent look at the Summit.

6. False Summit

Reaching the false summit, turn south and drop off the ridge, skirting the large boulders in the area. Several cairns mark the path, but the trail has become constricted at this point and is easy to follow.

7. White Rock Spring Peak Summit

The summit view is stunning in all directions. A summit registration exists. Return by following the same route down.