Getting ThereFrom Charleston Blvd and the 215 Beltway in the western part of Las Vegas, take Charleston Blvd. (Highway 159) west for about 5 miles until you reach the entrance to Red Rock Canyon NCA. Once inside the park, follow the 13 mile loop road for about 7 1/2 miles to the Icebox Canyon trailhead parking. You should allow about 30 minutes driving time from the strip to the entrance station at Red Rock.
Red TapeNational Park entrance fees apply in Red Rock National Conservation area. Hours of operations vary by season. See Red Rock NCA Home Page
Route DescriptionHike on the trail leading into Icebox Canyon for about 1 1/2 miles until you are inside the canyon. Go a short distance further up canyon until you reach a huge boulder that forces the trail around on its right side and next to the canyon wall.
From this point your goal is to reach the upper right hand side of the valley beneath some smooth cliffs. There are cairns marking a route which basically heads up the left side initially and then traverses beneath cliffs over toward your goal on the right side. When you get to the right side beneath the cliffs, you will see a way to climb part way up the falls and then traverse back ascending on ledges toward the left followed by switch backs back and forth as you gradually climb above the falls.
From the top of the falls follow the gully staying close to the center and left portions to avoid brush and climb to near the top of the ridge. From there the route heads right once again and before long you will reach the summit. Plan on taking about 2 hours or so to reach the summit and the return is also about 2 hours.