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Hiking Mt.Moriah, Nevada

Hiking Mt.Moriah, Nevada

Mt.Moriah (12,073 ft) is located within Mount Moriah Wilderness in Nevada. This peak is often overlooked by its neighbor to the South, Wheeler Peak, in Great Basin National Park. But that is what I loved about this area - we passed very few people on the roads, and literally no one on the trail! Mt.Moriah is very remote and 4WD and high clearance is needed to reach the trailhead.

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Hiking to Turtlehead Peak, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Hiking to Turtlehead Peak, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Turtlehead Peak (6, 323 ft) is located in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and one of the most popular hikes in the park. To reach the trailhead (TH) you must have a timed entry reservation for Red Rocks (get that here), and start hiking early to beat to people all the people and weather. Turtlehead Peak offers amazing views of the entire area, and on a clear day you can even see the Las Vegas Strip!

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Hiking to Lexington Arch, Nevada

Hike to Lexington Arch, Nevada

Lexington Arch is located within Great Basin National Park, yet very few people make the trek to it due to it not being in the main area of the N.P. In fact, access to the trailhead was closed for a long time due to the "Strawberry Fire" of 2016. Then a flash flood ripped up the road leading to the original TH. Now, hikers have to add an additional mile of hiking before reaching the official TH.

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Hiking to Winchell Lake, Nevada

Hiking to Winchell Lake, Nevada Winchell Lake is another high alpine lake in the Humboldt-Toiyabe Wilderness near the Angel Lake Rec area, just south of Wells, NV. It's neighboring lakes, Angel Lake & Smith Lake, gets most of the attention, but Winchell is just as pretty! Because this lake is only lightly trafficked, the trail is semi-overgrown and wearing pants will protect your legs. The trail is very easy to follow, it's just filled with overgrown sagebrush.

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Hiking to Smith Lake via Angel Lake Trail, Nevada

Hiking to Smith Lake via Angel Lake Trail, Nevada

The Angel Lake Rec Area is a popular hiking, fishing, and camping spot just outside of Wells, Nevada. You've probably seen the brown sign off I-80 for this area, but drove past. I'm here to tell you its worth the stop! Not only is this area very dog and kid friendly, but the lakes, views, and surrounding peaks make this a very enjoyable visit. The shortest hike in the area is Smith Lake, at just 1.3 miles one way. 

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Hiking at Gold Butte National Monument

Hiking at Gold Butte National Monument, Hiking in Nevada with Dogs, hiking outside las vegas

Gold Butte National Monument (GBNM) is located just 2 hours outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, 1 hour from Mesquite, NV and encompasses 300,000 acres of land. One of the newer monuments since 2016, GBNM is home to endless sandstone, rock art, old mining equipment, arches, wildlife, and even a ghost town. Most people come here to ride their ATV around to all the sites, and others like me, come for the hiking and geological features.

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Soaking at Spencer Hot Springs, Nevada

Soaking at Spencer Hot Springs, Nevada

Spencer Hot Springs is located almost directly in the center of Nevada, about an hour west of Eureka, NV. This is one of Nevada's more popular hot springs, and consists of three soaking areas - two tubs and one natural pond. This remote area is dog friendly, has plenty of free camping, clothing is optional (half the people we saw were skinny dipping), and it's free to soak.

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Visiting Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada

Hiking and Camping at Cathedral Gorge State ParkCathedral Gorge State Park in Panaca, NV is a hidden gem in the heart of the Great Basin Desert. The Great Basin Desert is the largest US desert, which covers an arid expanse of about 190,000 square miles and is bordered by the Sierra Nevada Range to the West, and Rocky Mountains to the East. At the South East corner of Nevada sits Cathedral Gorge State Park, which exposes erosion that has carved unique patterns in the soft bentonite clay.

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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada State Parks

Valley of Fire State Park is the oldest Nevada State Park, which was dedicated in 1935. It covers approximately 35,000 acres, and was named appropriately for the magnificent red sandstone formations that resemble a realm of flames. These formations resulted from the shifting sand dunes more than 150 million years ago in the Mesozoic Era. Surrounding rock includes limestone, shale, and conglomerates.

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Attempting Pilot Peak

Pilot Peak, Pilot Peak hiking guide, Nevada Peaks

I debated on creating a post for our attempt to Pilot Peak (10,720 ft), mainly because we didn't actually summit. I realized that not every summit will be successful or the most enjoyable, but at least I can share my experience with everyone, and I hope that this can help somewhat guide you and not make the same mistakes we did.

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