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Kraft Mountain Loop Hike

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Las Vegas + Southern Nevada, Nevada

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Kraft Mountain Loop Hike

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  • Heading toward the saddle along the Kraft Mountain Loop Hike.- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
  • Looking back from the trail up to the saddle.- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
  • View to the south from the saddle.- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
  • Looking down on Gateway Canyon from the saddle.- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
  • Gateway Canyon from above.- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
  • Beautiful rock formations in the canyon.- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
  • Hiking the Kraft Mountain Loop.- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
  • The canyon wash is lovely.- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
  • A bit of rock scrambling is required.- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
  • Western redbud (Cercis occidentalis).- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
  • More scrambling.- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
  • Gateway Canyon.- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
  • Las Vegas in the distance on the last leg of the loop.- Kraft Mountain Loop Hike
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Pros: 
Less crowded than many Red Rock Trails. Gorgeous rock formations. Light canyoneering. No park pass required.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Las Vegas + Southern Nevada, NV
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
605.00 ft (184.40 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.30 mi (5.31 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,615.00 ft (1,101.85 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Red Rock Canyon Scenic Loop will often close for long periods of time on busy days to prevent over-crowding in Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area. A great alternative spot to hike on those days is in the Calico Basin at the north end of the park, and one of the best hikes is the loop around Kraft Mountain. Some segments of this loop are popular with rock climbers heading to or from their routes, but much of it is seldom-traveled, especially compared to the popular hikes in Red Rock like Oak Creek Canyon or Calico Tanks.

From the trailhead, the recommended direction to hike this loop is clockwise, starting west in the direction of Ash Spring. The trail splits after a short distance and the loop trail heads right toward the saddle of Kraft Mountain. The hike up to the saddle is the toughest part of the hike, but the spectacular rocks and great views make it easier. Once on the saddle, the trail heads down toward the distant Gateway Canyon. There are several minor trails that head to the right of the main trail, but avoid those unless the goal is to scramble down cliffs to get to the canyon. At the intersection with the canyon wash, head right to follow the canyon down along the north face of Kraft. There are many places that require scrambling down rock falls or jumping off ledges, but it is all pretty easy without any equipment. At the mouth of the canyon, the trail rounds the shoulder of the mountain and returns to the flat desert and the parking area.

This hike is absolutely spectacular for its many-colored rocks, varied desert vegetation (including blooming redbud in late March) and mildly-challenging rock hopping. It is also easy to find the route even though the trail disappears in many spots.

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