Traverse the Rainbow Mountains Upper Crest Ridgeline in Nevada from Mt Wilson to Juniper Peak. Beginning on Lovell Canyon Road, ascend to the Upper Crest Ridgeline above Mt. Wilson, head North to the ridgeline above Juniper Peak, then descend again into Lovell Canyon. Click the image or title above for more detail.
Take a long, sometimes narrow and rocky approach ridge to the Wilson Ridge parallel to and above Rocky Gap Road to a prominent high point where Red Rock Summit commands the scene directly North. View the Northern and Southern stretch of the Wilson Ridge, the Northern Rainbow Mountains Upper Crest Ridgeline, Lovell Canyon, Harris and Mummy Mountains, Griffith Peak, the Las Vegas Strip and much more! Click the image or title above for more detail.
Little Zion in The Rainbow Mountain Wilderness of Nevada has the look and feel of Zion National Park, Utah. It’s located in the Southern portion of The Rainbow Mountains Upper Crest Ridgeline near Hidden Peak.
Juniper Peak summit base exploration, Nevada: From the Arnight Trail, through Juniper Canyon and up along the base of Brownstone Wall. Locate the Juniper Canyon entrance route; navigate the brush, boulders and ledges in Juniper Canyon, ascend above Juniper Canyon and explore various Juniper Peak summit routes along the base of Brownstone Wall.
Juniper Canyon is the passageway to Juniper Peak, the most popular summit in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. The canyon in Itself is a full adventure with navigation challenges including brush, boulders, ledges and multiple route choices at every point. For this reason, we devote an entire adventure page to navigating this canyon at the Eastern base of The Rainbow Mountains. Best time of year to adventure in Juniper Canyon is mid-Fall through mid-Spring as Summer temperatures can exceed 110 degrees. Click on the image or title above for more details, map, images and video.
The .2-mile Fire Ecology interpretive trail in Pine Creek Canyon, Red Rock Canyon NCA, Nevada, was a controlled burn conducted in 1992 to determine how canyon forests could be managed to protect older pine trees from being consumed by brush fire. Following a brush management strategy aimed at controlling excess brush fuel on the forest floor, a controlled burn was conducted that successfully passed underneath the pines without damaging them. Today visitors can walk this interpretive trail and picnic at a table near the edge of Pine Creek. The best time of year to hike this trail is mid-Fall through mid-Spring. Summer temperatures can exceed 110 degrees. Learn more by clicking the image or title above.
View video documentation of a historic road leading from the intersection of the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive and Oak Creek Canyon Road straight to Pine Creek Canyon where the historic homestead of Horace and Glenda Wilson was built in the 1920s. Two additional historic roads in Red Rock Canyon are also recorded on video and discussed here. Click the image or title above to learn more.
The Arnight Trail in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada, may be the shortest route to your goal if you want to summit Juniper Peak or scale the Eastern cliffs of Rainbow Mountain. The Arnight Trail begins at the Oak Creek Canyon Trailhead and continue Northwest for 1.2-miles until it intersects with the Knoll Trail near the entrance of Juniper Canyon. Here we point out the rock climber’s approach route to the Eastern cliffs of Rainbow Mountain and the summit route to Juniper Peak, along with an important reference stone at the base of Juniper Canyon.
The 1.9-mile Knoll Trail in Red Rock Canyon NCA, Nevada, skirts the Eastern base of the Rainbow Mountains between Oak Creek and Pine Creek Canyons. It is part of the Rainbow Mountains Eastern Baseline Trails that include, from North to South: The SMYC Trail, Dales Trail, The Knoll Trail and The Arnight Trail. These four trails skirt the Eastern base of The Rainbow Mountains in Red Rock Canyon between Willow Spring at the North end of The Rainbow Mountains and Oak Creek Canyon at the Southern end of Red Rock Canyon. The best time of year to hike these trails is mid-Fall to mid-Spring. Summer temperatures can easily rise above 110 degrees! Click the image or title above to learn more about The Knoll Trail.
Dales Trail in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada, runs 2.2-miles along the Eastern base of the Rainbow Mountains between Pine Creek Canyon and Ice Box Canyon. At nearly every point along the way there are sweeping views of Red Rock Canyon. The trail skirts the Eastern Base of Bridge Mountain where one can observe potential routes to that hidden forest just below and to the East of Bridge Mountain’s summit block. The best time of year to hike Dales Trail is mid-Fall through mid-Spring. Click the image or title above to learn more…