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Cathedral Rock Mt. Charleston
OVERVIEW OF CATHEDRAL ROCK TRAIL
Cathedral Rock at Mt. Charleston is a rocky promontory with views of Kyle Canyon at the peak. To access the peak you will hike the Cathedral Rock Trail, which is the second most popular hike behind Mary Jane Falls.
The trail starts off easy, flattens out and then becomes steep before reaching the peak. Be sure to take a snack or pack a lunch to enjoy the views from the peak. If you want a longer picnic, consider the Cathedral Rock picnic area. Click here to read our article on Mt. Charleston Picnic Areas.
CATHEDRAL ROCK HIKE INFO AND STATS
- Route Type: Out and back
- Distance: ~3 miles round trip
- Starting Elevation: ~7,800′
- Elevation Gain: ~800′
- Elevation of Peak: ~8,600′
- Hiking Time: 2 – 3 hours
- Difficulty: Moderately strenuous
- Terrain: Easy to follow defined hiking trail with some stairs – no scrambling
- Accessibility: March through November are optimum conditions to hike this trail, closed during winter months
- Parking: There are two parking lots, the Upper Trailhead Parking Lot and the Lower Trailhead Parking Lot
- Restrooms: Depending on where you park, there are several in the parking lot
- Cellular Service: unknown at this time
- Kid Friendly: Yes, but watch the edges
- Dog-Friendly: Yes
GETTING TO CATHEDRAL ROCK AT MT. CHARLESTON
- Directions: Take US-95 North from Las Vegas to State Highway 157/Kyle Canyon Road. Turn left and follow the road to the Cathedral Rock parking area, which is approximately 100 yards prior to the Mt. Charleston Lodge (you’ll see the uphill road to the parking area directly ahead of you just prior to the lodge).
- Parking: There should be plenty of free parking just outside the gate in front of the pit toilets (otherwise there is a parking fee of $6 per car).
- Fees: Free to $6 per car, depending on where you park
- Coordinates: not available at this time
WHAT TO TAKE
- Water, approximately 2 liters is recommended
- Snack or lunch to enjoy at the peak (watch out for those chipmunks!!!)
- Hiking poles
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
- Views of Kyle Canyon from the peak
- Small waterfall
- Picturesque views of fall foliage starting in September. During our September 2017 hike, the Aspen trees were starting to turn gold.
- If you don’t have lunch at the peak, consider using one of the nearby picnic areas.
CATHEDRAL ROCK FLOWERS, FOLIAGE, AND WILDLIFE
- On our September 2017 hike, we saw deer and Palmer Chipmunks, which are little beggars at the peak where hikers stop to snack
Cathedral Rock Photos
CATHEDRAL ROCK MT. CHARLESTON RESOURCES AND REFERENCES
Cathedral Rock Mt. Charleston
- I am a hiking enthusiast and not an expert, the information shared here is from my personal experiences and research.
- All distances, elevations, elevation gains, ratings, and times are approximate based on mobile apps, GPS data, Google Earth, and other references compiled as a resource.
- Click here to view my current hiking diary of other trails for reference.