It’s easy to remember that Las Vegas is in a desert, but people sometimes forget that it’s also in a valley. Mountains surround the Las Vegas Valley, and the highest range is the Spring Mountains Range. Mt. Charleston, the third highest peak in Nevada at 11,918 feet (3,633 meters), is in these mountains. Las Vegas locals refer to the entire area as Mt. Charleston (officially, it’s the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, or SMNRA). At this time of year, the mountain gets busy because its cool temperatures offer an alternative to the triple digits in Las Vegas. Visitors can picnic, hike, bike, or stop at one of the lodges for a drink or a meal. In winter, Lee Canyon offers snow sports. Today’s Photo Friday shot was taken from the top of Cathedral Rock Trail in Kyle Canyon. The view at the top of this trail is magnificent, although anyone with a fear of heights might want to skip walking out to the edge of the overlook. An illegal campfire recently caused a fire in the Cathedral Rock area, which left the picnic area at the trailhead damaged, but the trail is open. It’s a steep trail, especially as you make the final climb to the top, but getting a first-hand look at this view is worth it.
Photo Friday shot of the top of Cathedral Rock Trail courtesy of Pavel Krömer
Photo of Mummy Mountain, upper right, courtesy of Kent Wang