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Echo Canyon - Fossil Ridge Loop

4.5 mile trail near Las Vegas, Nevada
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Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 4.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview:  Blue Diamond Hill, across from the main part of Red Rock Canyon, offers some great hiking trails. Many of these were created by... more »

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If you zoom in on the map, you can see the bike trails and different routes you can try on Blue Diamond Hill.


For much of this hike, there is no cell phone coverage, so it's impossible to follow tracks on an iPhone. I have added the EveryTrail trip link below where you can download the hike's GPX file and use it on your GPS device. less «

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Points of Interest

1. Parking

The parking lot is along SR 159 on the left side as you travel south. To begin the hike, follow the road under the Horseback Riding sign.

2. Wash

After following the road to the back area of the horseback riding area where they have their eating area, the trail heads to the left, down a small hill, and across a wash.

3. Fork in the trail

Here the trail forks. You want to go to your right which is Echo Canyon. To the left is Cave Canyon—a hike for another day.

4. Dry falls

There are a couple of dry falls to ascend. They're not difficult. Just make sure you have good hand and foot holds. Be careful with the limestone rock. It is very sharp in places and cuts easily.

5. Bike trail

After hiking the wash for a good distance, you come to a mountain bike trail. Take the trail to left although this doesn't seem the correct way to go. It soon switchbacks and you're heading the right direction. If you want, you can stay in the wash.

6. Road

Another key point along the hike is making it to this road that is used to take equipment to some kind of communication/weather station farther up the hill. They have used a trencher to dry to make the road impassible for vehicles.

7. Break

We took our break in this area. You will have cell coverage when you get here. There are some good boulders on which to sit and enjoy the view of Red Rock Canyon.

8. Fork

This is a crucial turn in the hike. This puts you back on a mountain bike trail to go back to the parking area,