Griffith Peak Trail offers an interesting variety of vegetation along with spectacular views of Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Pahrump, Lovell Canyon, and Kyle Canyon. The trail begins and easy ascent through pinon pines and scrub oak as it follows an old road for the first two miles. Back in the 1940's, when the road was being built by the CCC's, President Roosevelt came to inspect the construction site. When the foreman was asked what the roads destination was, he said he did not know. The president immediately ordered all construction to be stopped. Shortly after leaving the road, the trail becomes steeper. It meanders through white firs, ponderosa pines, and grassy meadows with colorful flowers. While climbing higher, the vegetation becomes more sparse as the trail reaches the bristlecone pine forest. After traveling 5 miles, it reaches the junction with South Loop Trail. The trial to the right descends into Kyle Canyon to Cathedral Picnic Area. The trail which continues straight ahead leads to Charleston Peak.
Directions: From Las Vegas, Travel north on U.S. Highway 95, then take State Route 157 west. Take Harris Springs Road off State Route 157. After traveling 3 miles, turn right at the fork in the road. Drive another 5.5 miles until the dirt road ends in a parking area. The trail begins on the west side of the parking area where boulders have been placed to block off an old road the trail follows this road. The dirt road leading to Griffith Peak trailhead is not recommended for vehicles with very low clearance.
Elevation: 8,400 feet
Ending Elevation: 10,500 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
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