Sutor Peak in the distanceThis is an interesting vantage point which combines a hike through Sloan Canyon which has numerous Petroglyphs (hundreds) which are attributed to early natives who lived here thousands of years before Christ. There is lots of evidence of significant volcanic activity in the past.
To get to the trailhead, you should have high clearance 4 wheel drive as it is a rough stretch from Las Vegas Blvd to the trailhead. Numerous other objectives, including some nice crags, will gain your attention in the vicinity and a loop across several of them can readily be negotiated. The hike to the peak itself is about 2 miles one way gaining about 1,200’ in elevation.
Getting ThereFrom Las Vegas, follow I 15 South to St Rose Parkway (exit 27) and cross the freeway east toward the “M” resort. Take Las Vegas Blvd south for about 2 miles until you come to a major power line heading east. Follow the power line about 3.6 miles passing a substation on your right. When you reach pole #2068, go about 100 yards and look for a right turn and head south about ½ mile to the wash. Turn right entering the wash and go .6 mile to the parking area at the signed entrance to Sloan Canyon.
Red TapeSloan Canyon has been designated as a National Conservation Area, but there are no fees required at this time
CampingCamping could be done in the desert near the NCA, but wouldn’t you rather be staying near or on the strip in Vegas?
Exit point from canyonStarting at the mouth of the canyon, hike up the canyon while looking along the sides for the hundreds of examples of native artwork after 10 – 15 minutes, especially on your right hand side. Continue up the canyon to a major fork located near GPS N 35.39540 W 115.12097. Take the left fork and continue to a point at N 35.89539 W 115.12396 where you can climb out of the canyon heading for the summit which will be visible in the distance.
Final approach to summit
USGS marker on summit