It’s been two months that I’ve been in Las Vegas for work. For a person used to the green of Oregon and Florida, this part of Nevada seems very brown. The Las Vegas strip is crowded, noisy and lit by neon 24/7.
But just a short one hour drive from the Vegas Strip, there is a place you can get away from the crowds, the lights and the noise.
Mt. Charleston’s many trails are a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city of Las Vegas. I hiked the Cathedral Rock trail, the shortest option. The car park is at about the 7500′ elevation level. The top of Cathedral Rock is at 8600. So it is a nice short hike of approximately three miles round trip and a 1,000 foot elevation gain.
Now in October the Aspens are turning a beautiful golden color. Most hikers were accompanied by their four legged friends, which I was glad to see, but only made me miss my own dog even more.
Mt. Charleston is a very nice break from what most people think of as Las Vegas.
VIEW FROM THE TOP
Wildlife at the top of Cathedral Rock
Nice to know you can get away from it
all the chaos and see nature beauty