Angel Peak | Via Lucky Strike Road | Mt. Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada
Overview – Angel Peak via Lucky Strike Road, Mt. Charleston Wilderness, Nevada
Angel Peak is that observatory landmark one can see from Griffith Peak, Fletcher Peak, Mummy Mountain, La Madre Mountain, Harris Mountain, the Sheep Range, Gass Peak and Northern Las Vegas. There is a rather wild desert area below Angel Peak that can be accessed through the rugged 4WD Lucky Strike Road. Both ends of Lucky Strike Road contain some class 2 climbing sections, so your vehicle needs to be very sturdy. The 3-mile stretch immediately below Angel Peak can be pretty brutal, being a cross between a 4WD road and an avalanche slope! However, the sunset views of the Sheep Range and Gass Peak on that stretch are spectacular, and at night the Las Vegas Valley lights up like Christmas!
I traveled Lucky Strike Road to Angel Peak on a mountain bike, carrying the bike over a few of the more rugged stretches.
Route Starting Point Directions – Angel Peak via Lucky Strike Road, Mt. Charleston Wilderness, Nevada
I started from the parking area at the intersection of Kyle Canyon Road and upper Harris Springs Road. Take I-95 North from Las Vegas, then take a left under the freeway via the Kyle Canyon Road/Mt. Charleston exit. Continue up Kyle Canyon Road toward Mt. Charleston for about 10 miles to the intersection of upper Harris Springs road.
Route Observations – Angel Peak via Lucky Strike Road, Mt. Charleston Wilderness, Nevada
Upper Harris Springs Road Parking Area to Lucky Strike Road
From the intersection of upper Harris Springs Road coast down Kyle Canyon Road about 5 miles to an obscure sign on the left marking “Red Rock Canyon”. That sign marks the entrance to the unpaved Lucky Strike Road. The first stretch ascending the ridge is very steep with a few shallow class 2 ledges. A very good 4WD vehicle could possibly handle this. I lifted my mountain bike up this 200ft stretch. At the top of the stretch the scene opens up to a beautiful Joshua Tree forested valley as Lucky Strike Road continues. The road conditions from here all the way to the final 3-4 miles below Angel Peak are very good for 4WD.
There are a few interesting mountain bike paths that split off from Lucky Strike Road during its initial few miles. I’ll return to try these out.
Goldwater Canyon and Grassy Spring
Lucky Strike Road continues, descending through Goldwater Canyon. Be sure to ascend a few high view points along the way. At the base of Goldwater canyon there is a pack animal corral called Grassy Spring. It looks as if there are a few potential ascent routes to explore the hills above…on foot!
Ascent to Angel Peak or Descent Toward I-95
Past Grassy Spring there’s a fork in the road. Head downhill to reach the valley around I-95. If you’re continuing to Angel Peak take a left and continue up. There is an abandoned mine on the hill to the left as you ascend.
Route Deviation to the Left
Further on there is a 3-mile left turn deviation that will take you up to a dead-end the base of some cliffs. Looks like a beautiful place to camp, but beyond that it leads nowhere.
Wild Burros and Intersection with Additional Route Options
Continue on Lucky Strike Road past that deviation. This is where I encountered a herd of wild burros near an old abandoned corral. Continue up Lucky Strike Road until there is a crossing. You’ll notice power line poles lining the road that crosses Lucky Strike Road. You can head right and downward toward I-95, or straight further through the desert. I took a left upward toward Angel Peak.
Final 6 Miles Up the 4WD/Avalanche Slope Road to Angel Peak
The last 6 miles along this power line road are pretty brutal on a mountain bike, and probably not too easy in a 4WD vehicle. All the vehicles that I encountered were going down hill on this day. I found out why a little further up the road. The last 3 miles up to Angel Peak become a cross between an 4WD road and an avalanche slope! If you’re on a mountain bike, have your pack on your back to keep your bile light as you’ll be lifting it over many obstacles, some of them class 2 climbing! Be sure to look back for spectacular views of the Sheep Range, Gass Peak and the North Las Vegas Valley. Sunset is amazing as the mountains change color and the city begins to light up!
3 Descent Route Choices at Angel Peak
Finally, at the summit of the road, you’re on Angel Peak. You have a few choices:
- Travel over the ridge to the left (the observatory on Angel Peak) and down the unpaved Powerline Pole Road. I believe this might be similarly rugged and brutal like the 3-mile avalanche ascent on the other side of Angel Peak. But I did not try this.
- Continue straight on Lucky Strike Road past Angel Peak to connect with Deer Creek Road. This is probably the preferable route, but it involves circling back on Deer Creek Road toward Charleston Village.
- Take a right and connect with a good paved road that passes through the Spring Mountain Youth Camp and connects with Deer Creek Road. This area is off limits. I took this route, bypassing a few barriers (on my mountain bike). Since it was night and all was quiet I pulled it off, but would not recommend this route. A motor vehicle could not bypass the barriers.
Descent Through Spring Mountain Youth Camp, Deer Creek Rd and Kyle Canyon Road
I continued down the paved road to make a left on Deer Creek Road, then down to Kyle Canyon Road for another left, and finally to my starting point at the parking area on upper Harris Springs Road. The entire trip took me 14 hours due to the left turn deviation (1hr) and ascending the 3-4 mile stretch of avalanche road at the base of Angel Peak with a loaded bike. I could have saved at least 2-3 more hours by putting my pack on my back! Still, even on a good day with excellent strategy, plan for about 8-10 hours on a mountain bike for this grand circuit.