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Griffith Peak

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 4.6 (25) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An incredible trail with great views of Kyle Canyon and 360-degree views from the top.


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Map Key

9.8

Miles

15.7

KM

Out and Back

10,992' 3,350 m

High

7,679' 2,341 m

Low

3,390' 1,033 m

Up

3,398' 1,036 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

53%

Max Grade (28°)

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Trailhead closed - Cathedral Rock/South Loop trailhead closed for winter

Overview

This is a short route off of the South Loop Trail that brings you to Griffith Peak. The climb is great for a day trip or in addition to heading up to Charleston Peak.

Description

This trail finally reopened after being closed for the past three years due to the Carpenter 1 fire in 2013. This trail makes a great starting point to reach Griffith Peak, or you can continue to the Mt. Charleston summit and back.

Another option is to do the South Loop to North Loop connector. There are breathtaking views the entire trail. Plenty of switchbacks bring you up through the aspen, ponderosa, and bristlecone pines to just over 11,000 feet at the Griffith Peak.

Flora & Fauna

Aspen, ponderosa, bristlecone pine, and wildflowers galore. Deer can be seen in the early hours and birds are plentiful.

Contacts

Shared By:

Rick Anthony with improvements by Greg Johnson

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  4.6 from 25 votes

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Beginning part of the trail going up.
Oct 7, 2016 near Pahrump, NV
Looking back at the ridgeline towards Mt Charleston.
Oct 7, 2016 near Pahrump, NV
Trail through the aspens.
Oct 7, 2016 near Pahrump, NV
One of the many switchbacks.
Oct 7, 2016 near Pahrump, NV
Looking east towards Las Vegas and Red Rock from the Summit.
Oct 7, 2016 near Pahrump, NV
Charleston Peak on the left and Mummy Mountain on the right.
Oct 7, 2016 near Pahrump, NV

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Aug 1, 2020
Scott Warren
10h 00m
Aug 1, 2020
Claudia Prieto
Jul 13, 2020
Matt Fledderjohann
Aug 27, 2019
Roxy Berg
10mi — 11h 10m
Aug 11, 2019
Jason Trainor
Aug 9, 2019
Jamie S
Aug 3, 2019
Jeff Henson
10.8mi — 7h 15m
Jul 11, 2019
Brian Dodd
Started at Echo trailhead because of road works. This adds a mile in each direction. Some snow patches left that are easily circumvented. 11.1mi — 5h 50m