ElevationAscent: 364' 111 m
Descent: -364' -111 m
High: 1,656' 505 m
Low: 1,450' 442 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)
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“This route follows the main loop around Wetlands Park.”— James Walt
Family Friendly The low grade and paved nature of this loop makes it easy for kids. They'll love peering over the bridge to check out the construction of weirs in the area.
The trail is good on the north side and up to Pabco Trailhead on the south side. From Pabco Trailhead to the Wetlands Center, it turns to dirt. There are several alternate paths that do not connect to the right, bear left and follow the main dirt road to the stadium area. There are paths going right to the Dragonfly divide area of the Wetlands Nature Center.
Soon, the trail joins Mesquite Way for a short section before crossing Weir Bridge over Las Vegas Wash. Even though it's early on in the trail, take a break here to check out this beautiful oasis in the desert. After enjoying the wash, head right at the next junction to continue on the North Loop.
From here, the trail continues south to follow the wash for roughly a mile before bending left (north) at a junction with a dirt path to re-enter the scrubby desert. While this part of the trail is a slight uphill gradient, it's so gentle that you might not even notice. Eventually, you'll reach a junction with the Sunrise Trailhead Connector where you'll want to turn right.
At this point, the trail begins a nice, gentle descent out of the eroding foothills to find Telephone Line Road and the pleasant Las Vegas Wash. While not right on the wash, the trail still follows good scenery as it heads east above the wash on its way to the bridge at Powerline Crossing and its end in a junction with the South Loop and River Mountains Loop Trail Connector. Hop on the South Loop to continue your way back to the car.
From the junction, the South Loop trail meanders west along a paved doubletrack beside Las Vegas Wash. Along the way, the trail will eventually pass Pabco Trailhead, after which it turns to dirt.
Continuing west, the trail makes its way past more desert scrubland to find the Silver Bowl Park ball fields. Soon, the trail reaches a joint section shared with the Dragonfly Divide and passes numerous junctions with the Coyote Howl Trail, Duck Creek Trail, and Quail Run Trail. From here, continue north until the trail ends on Wetlands Park Lane and you've reached the parking area.
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