Feb 25, 2010 at 4:37 pm #1255768
I'll be going to LV in mid-march for a conference and would like to get a weekend section, Thursday afternoon-Sunday morn. Can anyone recommend a weekend loop? Also should I tarp or tent (scorpions/snakes)?Feb 26, 2010 at 7:05 am #1578881
@johnnybgood4Locale: New Hampshire
See what you can find on Red Rocks Canyon just outside the city limits. I've only been there rock climbing, but I think you could do some overnight hikes in the vicinity. It's BLM land and overnight camping is restricted in some areas, but there might be some options.
Maybe someone with better local knowledge can chime in and help you?Feb 26, 2010 at 11:24 am #1579002
@ravs4funLocale: Desert Southwest
Red Rock is a great place for day hikes or climbing. You might be able to do an overnighter at Red Rock but have to be above 5,000 feet to camp out. You will need to get a permit from the BLM vistor center for overnight trips.
Another great place for day hikes is Valley of Fire State park which is about an hour drive from Las Vegas. You aren't allowed to camp in the backcountry at Valley of Fire though.
Death Valley is another good place for backcountry trips. Look at the NPS website for suggestions.
I would also suggest also at looking at Zion Nat'l Park. It's an 3 hour drive from Las Vegas but has lots of backcountry options. It's hard to say what the snow situation might be on both the West and East Rims but it's worth looking into.
Lake Mead is another possiblity but you would have to do a lot of cross country travel and carry lots of water.
Let me know if you have any other questions since I live in Las Vegas. Thanks.
JamesFeb 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm #1579016
@rowdyyLocale: North Central Tennessee
What about Mt. Charleston? Isn't there some high country hiking trails there?Feb 28, 2010 at 1:58 am #1579573
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
I did a trip report in January on a loop I did near Lake Mead. You might find it helpful.
There is hiking in the Spring Mountains and Mt Charleston, but they have gotten a lot of snow, so check conditions.
Tarp or tent for rain only. Critters won't bother you, unless you bother them.Feb 28, 2010 at 6:20 am #1579582
Cottonwood/Marble Canyon is a very nice hike in DV. 30 mile loop which can be added to with some exploration of other side canyons. Very cool. I normally sleep under the stars in DV.Mar 1, 2010 at 9:32 am #1580044
@ravs4funLocale: Desert Southwest
There are some pretty nice trails in the Mt. Charleston area in either Kyle or Lee Canyon. The issue with going in mid March is the amount of snow that will still be there.
The ski area in Lee Canyon has something like over a 6 foot base right now and that will probably last until mid May. Otherwise in the summer time it's a great hiking destination. Thanks.Mar 4, 2010 at 11:30 am #1581691
Thanks for all the ideas guys. Unfortunately, my trip has been canceled.Mar 12, 2010 at 9:38 am #1585645
Well at the last minute they tell me I'm going again. I think I might try that Cotonwood/Marble Canyon/Deadhorse loop @ DV.Mar 12, 2010 at 10:03 am #1585656
Should I bring my 15deg or 40 deg down bag?
Tarp or tent?
How much water should I be carrying?Mar 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm #1585722
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
At the last time that I day hiked there in mid-March, it was warm but not hot. I hiked 16 miles RT that day, starting at 8 a.m. I had assumed that 2.5 quarts of water would be plenty. However, by the time I dragged back to my car late that afternoon, I had been dry for the last mile or so. It's deceptive there, because even when the weather is not quite hot, it is still very dry.
When hiking there, it is best to find the springs so that you can replenish as you go along. Further south, there are some springs that are absolutely phenomenal.
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