OverviewJuniper Peak is located in Red Rock Canyon, a mecca for techincal climbing and peak bagging. Being just 20 miles from Las Vegas, NV, Red Rock sees lot of traffic. Luckily most people just drive the Scenic Loop and never venture far from there cars. From first site this mountain seems to be a technical climb; however, there's a fun class 2/3 route. This hike has plenty to offer: A trail to warm up on, bouldering through a magnificent canyon, and class 2 and 3 scrambling. Great views of Rainbow Wall, Brownstone Wall, and an awesome overlook into the south fork of Pine Creek makes this one of best hikes in Red Rock Canyon. If you listen carefully, you can hear climbers hundreds of feet above.
There are numerous techincal routes in and near Juniper Canyon.
The summit see about 20 to 30 parties a year. The route can be done in four to five hours. Though the route is cairned, it's not easy to follow without a good description.
Getting ThereFrom the Mirage on Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip) drive north 3 miles and turn west (left) onto Charleston Boulevard. Drive 16 miles to Red Rock Canyon. The signed parking area for Pine Creek Canyon is located 10.3 miles past the fee booth along the Scenic Loop road.
Red TapeRed Rock Canyon daily pass is $5.00 per car, good for one day. Annual pass is $20 a year. Golden Eagle pass is accpeted. You can purchase any of the passes at the fee booth. Opens at 6 am and closes at dusk. Be off the Scenic Loop before dark or you will get a ticket.
When To ClimbSpring and fall are the best times. Summer is generally too hot, though some routes are in the shade all day. You can climb during the winter, but the route may have snow. It snows in Red Rock Canyon, but normally melts quickly.
CampingYes, at the 13 mile campground. From the intersection of 215 and Charleston Blvd. drive 3.3 miles and turn left onto Moenkopi Road. Camping is $10 per night. You will still have to buy the Red Rock pass ($5.00 per car or $20 for a yearly pass). You can camp for free above the 5,000 foot level, though you need a back country permit. Call 515-5350 for permits.
- Panorama from the summit of Juniper Peak
Interactive panorama from the summit of Juniper Peak.