Twenty-four hikers decided to brave the early morning cold wind to hike Badger Pass which is located in the Cottonwood Valley section of Red Rock across Hwy 160 on the way up to the mountain pass.
Coming in at under 3 miles and with only around 450 feet of elevation gain, the Badger Pass Trail is quite tame as it offers beautiful large views of the surrounding landscape filled with joshua trees and desert yuccas. Used mainly as a bike path, the trail has several turnoffs at different points. We hung a sharp right just after beginning the trail off of the parking lot.
This part of the trail takes the hiker up and over a small hill gaining around 450 feet in elevation. After reaching the other side of the hill, the trail ends at another cross trail. Here, we took another right which took us down the hill using switchbacks. At the bottom, we arrived at the Dead Man's Loop Trail. (Where do they get these names?) Turning right at Dead Man's Loop took us back to the parking lot.
The weather ended very pleasant with the wind dying down about halfway through the hike.