A Wonderful Hike at Red Rock Canyon
A little over a month ago we had a good friend, Michael, in town. One of the things he really wanted to do was get into the nearby mountains. He helped us move out here a year and a half ago and, at that time, there wasn't a lot of free time for excursions. Now, when Michael came to town I wanted to give him the opportunity to see our amazing surroundings up close.
When I went to the website for Red Rock Canyon to research trails it was amazing how numerous, and well laid out they were. They had different trails for different levels of hikers and climbers. I chose something short, but intermediate, so that we would have plenty of time to stop and look around. I also hadn't hiked a lot in this area and didn't really know what to expect. In addition to some pictures I took, I want to take a few minutes and talk about the experience. I am hoping this might help people that may be looking to take a hike as well.
I chose the White Rock to Willow Springs hike because it was already a little bit into the morning. I took my Nikon Z6 with one lens as I didn't want to get bogged down changing them out. Considering I hadn't hiked in a long time I also didn't want to over pack. We had a couple of bottles of water for each of us and for that hike it seemed to be fine.
It was an incredible day, and the hike was fantastic. It really was nice to get off on a trail. I have taken pictures at Red Rock before, but this gives you an opportunity to see new aspects of the canyon. It really is breathtaking to look up at these mountains hiking down the trail.
My Experience from this Hike
One thing I would change when I go again is my shoe choice. While the trails are clearly marked, this trail is very natural.When I say "natural" I mean not manicured. They don't clear rocks for the trail. Much of it seems to be natural run off from rainstorms in the area. This being said the trail is still very rocky. I wore tennis shoes, and next time I would not do the hike unless I had a stiffer hiking shoe or boot.
I would have rather started earlier in the day as well. More because of the lighting for snapping photos. On the Willow Springs side of the canyon the light would have been less harsh over the mountains. I have also been told that there are more chances of seeing wildlife earlier in the morning.
All in all it was a fantastic experience. There is definitely a benefit to getting off the the tourist loop to see all of the magnificence surrounding you at Red Rock Canyon. Pay attention to the great details that they provide on their website so that you can make an educated plan for your day. In addition to the trail information you will see a calendar that tells you about the seasonal exceptions and requirements. There were a lot of hikers in the park, but it never really feels crowded. While there is a lot to do in Las Vegas, I believe this is something you should add to your visit. It is hard to believe so much natural beauty exists just outside of the glitz of Sin City.
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I truly enjoyed the hike. It's a goal to hit Red Rock each time I go to Vegas and go on a different trail to explore. I think earlier in the day is better as it gives more times to enjoy the scenery. I've got some awesome photos and a vivid portrait in my mind.
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