Club Hikes

The Around the Bend Friends Hiking Club of Las Vegas schedules hikes every day of the week. It is very important for hikers to check the schedule to see if a particular hike is the level for which you are capable. The hikes on this site have been rated, not by a specific distance or elevation gain, but by experience observing countless groups and individuals completing a given hike. Some of the given hikes fall into a gray area of levels. Some hikes are a mixture of two or more hikes. They may be more difficult or less difficult depending on the coordinator who is offering the hike. A set standard is impossible to adhere to.

Since we are a hiking group, we begin our hiking levels at a 2 out of 5. These leisurely hikes are usually offered once or twice per week and are the next step up from an easy stroll. The next level, 3 out of 5, aims to accommodate hikers that want to move up from the leisurely pace but are not yet ready for the more challenging hikes. Some hikers prefer to stay at this level since the coordinators for moderate hikes are somewhat more laid back. The moderately strenuous level (4 out of 5) captures those hikers who are happy to push themselves to increase or maintain their fitness. Their smiles are a constant reminder that they are, indeed, enjoying themselves. The strenuous and very strenuous levels (5 out of 5) are filled with hikers who are at a high level of fitness, enjoy an adventurous challenge and are motivated by the friendship of others who are like-minded and able-bodied.

With all of that said, often some coordinators may "mix and match" the hikes. Perhaps a moderately strenuous hike will be offered at a moderate pace or something similar. Be careful choosing these hikes since you may need to be ready for a more difficult hike. At the same time, a hike offered like this enables some hikers to do hikes not normally available to them.

Listed below:
1) Hikes in the Red Rock Canyon NCA area
2) Hikes in the Spring Mountains NRA & Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest
3) Hikes in the Lake Mead NRA
4) Hikes in the Bootleg Canyon area
5) Hikes in the Sloan Canyon area
6) Hikes in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge
7) Hikes in the Valley of Fire State Park
8) Hikes in the Gold Butte area
9) Hikes in the city limits of Las Vegas
10) Miscellaneous Hikes

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 1) Hikes in the Red Rock Canyon NCA area:


Rated 2 out of 5
Easy to Moderate (Suitable for Leisurely Levels)

Arnight /Knoll Loop
Ash Canyon Overlook (Includes Scrambling)
Ash Creek Loop
Badger Pass
Calico Basin Low Elevation Wander
Calico I / Moenkopi Loop
Children's Discovery Trail
Cowboy Horse Trails
Dale's Trail (Pine Creek to Skull Rock)
First Creek
Fossil Ridge (4 Mile Version)
Keystone Thrust Loop (Includes Scrambling)
Keystone Thrust O&B
Lone Grapevine Spring (Petroglyphs)
Moenkopi Loop
Mountain Springs Loop
Northern Calico Hills Low Elevation Wander (Includes Scrambling)
Peak 3844
Pine Creek & Fire Ecology Trails
Potato Knoll Loop
Rubber Ducky Yucca
SMYC Trail
Valley Trail
Hilltop Loop (from Twilight TH)


Rated 3 out of 5
Moderate (Hiked with a Moderate Pace, May Include Easy to Moderate Scrambling)


Blue Diamond Bike Trails (Hurl Trails)
Calico Hills
Calico Hills South
Calico Tanks
Conglomerate Gardens
Cottonwood Pass Loop
Cottonwood Valley Trails
Dale's Trail (Pine Creek to Ice Box O&B)
Dragon Canyon Overlook
Echo Canyon / Fossil Ridge
Four Burros Loop
Grapevine Springs of Kyle Canyon (Twilight TH)
Ice Box Canyon
Kraft Mountain Loop
La Madre Springs & Cabin
Landmine Loop
Las Vegas Overlook
Limestone Trail O&B
Lost Creek & Upper Falls
Lunar Loop (Twilight TH)
Muffins & Skull Canyon
Oak Creek Canyon
Potato Knoll Loop with Summit
Rattlesnake Trail
Red Cap
Red Springs Loop
Sandstone Canyon (Spring Mountain Ranch State Park)
Sandstone Quarry / Keystone Thrust Loop
Waterfall Canyon
White Rock Hills Loop


Rated 4 out of 5
Moderately Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace, May Include Scrambling, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Angel Pass / 5 Stop Hill
Ash Canyon
Baby Wilson
Bird Spring Range
Black Velvet Canyon
Blue Diamond Canyons
Brownstone Canyon
Burro Trail
Cactus Garden / Bird Sanctuary Loop
Calico / Gateway Loop
Cave Canyon
Eagle Peak
Escarpment Base Trail
Fern Canyon
Fern Canyon Overlook
Grand Circle Trail
Gray Cap Peak
Hidden Canyon
Hollow Rock Peak
Juniper Canyon
Kraft Traverse E/W or W/E
La Madre Double Arch
Little Zion
Dragon Canyon / Gateway Loop
Mountain Springs Peak O&B
Mountain Springs Peak Loop
North Blue Diamond Ridges
North Fork of Main Fork Pine Creek
Potosi Alcove
Rattlesnake Canyon
Red Cap / Calico II Loop
Red Rock Summit
Sandstone Quarry / Keystone Thrust Loop
Southern Calico Scramble
Tank Discovery Scramble
Two Peaks and an Arch
Turtlehead Peak O&B
White Rock / Sandstone Quarry Loop
White Rock Springs Peak
Windy Peak
Twilight Ridge Loop (Twilight TH)


Rated 5 out of 5
Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace and Strenuous Scrambling, Difficult Terrain, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Bridge Mountain
Calico Triple Peak
Escarpment Rim Loop
Goatbed Peak
Indecision Peak
Juniper Peak
Kraft Traverse
Mescalito Peak
North Peak (Limestone)
North Peak (Sandstone)
South Peak
Summerlin Peak
Terrace Canyon
Three Peaks and an Arch
Turtlehead Peak Loop
Two North Peaks
Wilson Peak
Windy Peak via Grapevine Canyon

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2) Hikes in the Spring Mountains NRA & Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest


Rated 2 out of 5
Easy to Moderate (Suitable for Leisurely Levels)

Acastus Trail
Champion Road Loop
Deer Creek
Eagle's Nest Loop
Escarpment of Kyle Canyon
Fletcher Canyon
Kyle Canyon Drainage
Lee Canyon Narrows
Little Falls
Macks Canyon Road
Mary Jane Falls
Old Deer Creek Road & Champion Ridge
Robbers' Roost to Stepladder
Sawmill Trails
Shady Hollow / Stepladder Loop
Stanley B Mine & Springs
Telephone Canyon
Upper Showgirl Loop
Wild Horse Loop


Rated 3 out of 5
Moderate (Hiked with a Moderate Pace, May Include Easy to Moderate Scrambling)

Big Falls
Bristlecone Loop
Cathedral Rock
Cave Springs
Cockscomb Ridge
Deer Creek / Meadows Loop
Fletcher Canyon via Acastus Trail
Little Bald Knoll
Middle Deer Creek Canyon Trail
Mormon Camp Loop
Mud Mack Loop
Mud Springs O&B
Mummy Springs O&B
No Name Loop
Raintree via North Loop
Rocky Gorge Loop (Short Version)
Sawmill Wiggles Loop
Shady Hollow / Stepladder Loop Extended
South Loop 1st Overlook
Stepladder / Showgirl Loop
Trail Canyon

 
Rated 4 out of 5
Moderately Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace, May Include Scrambling, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

AtBF Canyon Loop
Big Falls / Mary Jane Falls
Fletcher Peak
Lee Canyon / Sawmill Wiggles
Lower Mud Springs Loop
Mummy Springs Loop
North Loop / Fletcher Canyon
Pine Cone Canyon Loop
Rainbow Loop
Raintree via Trail Canyon
Rocky Gorge Loop (Long Version)
6000 Lee Canyon Loop
Showgirl Trail
South Loop 2nd and/or 3rd Overlooks
South Sister
South Sister Saddle Loop
Stanley B / Fletcher Canyon
Stepladder Peak Loop
Trail Canyon / Fletcher Canyon
Upper Mud Springs Loop
Wallace Canyon Loop


Rated 5 out of 5
Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace and Strenuous Scrambling, Difficult Terrain, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Angel Peak
Avalanche Canyon
Black & White Sisters
Bonanza Peak
Bonanza Trail
Deer Creek / Catch Pen Loop
Griffith Peak
Harris Peak
Lee Peak
Macks Peak
McFarland Peak
Mount Charleston
Mummy's Nose
Mummy's Toe
Mummy's Tummy
North Sister
Willow Arch

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3) Hikes in the Lake Mead NRA 


Rated 2 out of 5
Easy to Moderate (Suitable for Leisurely Levels)

Anniversary Narrows (Closed)
Bluff Trail
Historic Railroad Tunnels
Pinto Valley Wash
Rainbow Gardens
St. Thomas
White Owl Canyon (Short Version)


Rated 3 out of 5
Moderate (Hiked with a Moderate Pace, May Include Easy to Moderate Scrambling)

Arizona Hot Springs O&B
Black Mountain Overlook
Blue Point Springs
Ejection Seat Ridge
Historic Railroad Tunnels & Hoover Dam
Horse Thief Canyon
Liberty Bell Arch
North Wind Wash Loop
Pinto Valley Wash to Petroglyphs
Rainbow Canyon
Redstone Discovery
River Mountains Trail
Shoreline Trail / White Owl Canyon Loop
South Bowl of Fire
Tombstone Rock


Rated 4 out of 5
Moderately Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace, May Include Scrambling, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Arizona Hot Springs & Saddle Trail
Bighorn Butte
Black Mesa
Black Mountain Peak & Arch
Callville Ridge Plane Crash
Cholla Forest via Seven Falls
Cleopatra Wash
Colorful Canyon
Fortification Hill
Hamblin Mountain
Historic Railroad Tunnels, Hoover Dam, & Bridge
Jean's Peak
Lone Palm
Lots of Slots
North Bowl of Fire
Northshore Peak
Pinto Ridge to Jean's Peak
Pinto Valley
Pumpkin Parfait
River Mountain
Signature Rock Loop
White Owl Canyon (Long Version)


Rated 5 out of 5
Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace and Strenuous Scrambling, Difficult Terrain, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Anniversary Narrows Peak
Arizona Hot Springs & Dry Falls
End Around Loop
Gold Strike Canyon
Hoover Dam Bridge Peak
Lava Butte
Rainbow Ridge
Rufus Cove
Sea World

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4) Hikes in Bootleg Canyon Park, Boulder City, NV


Rated 2 out of 5
Easy to Moderate (Suitable for Leisurely Levels)

East Leg O&B
West Leg / East Leg


Rated 3 out of 5
Moderate (Hiked with a Moderate Pace, May Include Easy to Moderate Scrambling)

Cascata Loop
Inner Caldera Loop
Outer Caldera Loop
Railroad Pass Mountain Loop
Red Mountain via Saddle


Rated 4 out of 5
Moderately Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace, May Include Scrambling, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Red Mountain via Bike Trails
Mother Loop
Skyline / Power Pole Loop from POW


Rated 5 out of 5
Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace and Strenuous Scrambling, Difficult Terrain, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Elevator Shaft
River Mountain via Inner Caldera
River Mountain via Red & Black Saddle
Snakeback

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5) Hikes in the Sloan Canyon NCA area


Rated 2 out of 5
Easy to Moderate (Suitable for Leisurely Levels)


Rated 3 out of 5
Moderate (Hiked with a Moderate Pace, May Include Easy to Moderate Scrambling)

Sloan Canyon Loop

Rated 4 out of 5
Moderately Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace, May Include Scrambling, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

McCullough Hills Trail


Rated 5 out of 5
Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace and Strenuous Scrambling, Difficult Terrain, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Black Mountain (Henderson)
Fracture Ridge Peak

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6) Hikes in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge


Rated 2 out of 5
Easy to Moderate (Suitable for Leisurely Levels)

Visitor Center & Nature Trails
Yucca Peak Fossil Beds O&B


Rated 3 out of 5
Moderate (Hiked with a Moderate Pace, May Include Easy to Moderate Scrambling)

Yucca Peak Fossil Beds Loop


Rated 4 out of 5
Moderately Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace, May Include Scrambling, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Gass Peak
Hidden Forest
Long Valley
Picture Canyon
Quartzite Peak


Rated 5 out of 5
Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace and Strenuous Scrambling, Difficult Terrain, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

First / Corkscrew Canyons Loop
Hoodoo Forest Loop
Wildhorse Pass via Picture Canyon
Yucca Peak

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7) Hikes in the Valley of Fire State Park


Rated 2 out of 5
Easy to Moderate (Suitable for Leisurely Levels)

Lost Wallet Loop
Rainbow Vista Loop
Silica Dome Peak
White Domes & Fire Wave


Rated 3 out of 5
Moderate (Hiked with a Moderate Pace, May Include Easy to Moderate Scrambling)

Back Lot Arch
Painted Pinnacles / Baseline Mesa Loop
The Big Wall Loop
Three Slots
Top of the World Arch (Short Version)


Rated 4 out of 5
Moderately Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace, May Include Scrambling, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Beyond Mouse's Tank
Five Mesas
The Pinnacles (Drop Slot)
Top of the World Arch (Long Version)
Two Elephants Loop


Rated 5 out of 5
Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace and Strenuous Scrambling, Difficult Terrain, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Africa Loop
7-Up
Dunes & Slots
East / West Traverse
North / South Traverse
Valley of Fire High Point

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8) Hikes in the Gold Butte area


Rated 2 out of 5
Easy to Moderate (Suitable for Leisurely Levels)

Devil's Throat
Gold Butte Townsite
Horse Spring Corral
Little Finland from Corral
Falling Man & Pond


Rated 3 out of 5
Moderate (Hiked with a Moderate Pace, May Include Easy to Moderate Scrambling)

Amber Cat Canyon
Water Tank Loop (Between Whitney Pockets & Billy Goat Peak)
Whitney Pockets Exploration


Rated 4 out of 5
Moderately Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace, May Include Scrambling, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Grand Gold Butte Petroglyph Hike
Lime Canyon 
Little Finland and the Subway
Little Virgin Peak


Rated 5 out of 5
Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace and Strenuous Scrambling, Difficult Terrain, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Billy Goat Peak
Virgin Peak

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9) Hikes in the city limits of Las Vegas


Rated 2 out of 5
Easy to Moderate (Suitable for Leisurely Levels)

Angel Park Walk
Cottonwood Canyon Park Walk
Lone Mountain Perimeter Trail
Majestic Park Walk
Mountain Crest Park
Peccole Ranch Walk
Pueblo Park Walk
The Wetlands Park


Rated 3 out of 5
Moderate (Hiked with a Moderate Pace, May Include Easy to Moderate Scrambling)

Lone Mountain (North & West Trails)


Rated 4 out of 5
Moderately Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace, May Include Scrambling, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Lone Mountain (East & South Trails)


Rated 5 out of 5
Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace and Strenuous Scrambling, Difficult Terrain, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Frenchman Mountain 

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10) Miscellaneous Hikes


Rated 2 out of 5
Easy to Moderate (Suitable for Leisurely Levels)


Rated 3 out of 5
Moderate (Hiked with a Moderate Pace, May Include Easy to Moderate Scrambling)


Rated 4 out of 5
Moderately Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace, May Include Scrambling, Veteran Hikers ONLY)

Virlis Fisher Arch & Nelson Arch
Zabriskie Loop


Rated 5 out of 5
Strenuous (Possible Quick Pace and Strenuous Scrambling, Difficult Terrain, Veteran Hikers ONLY)


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