Summerlin Peak is located on the Northwest side of the Las Vegas Valley at the very northeast end of the La Madre Mountain Range.
If you're looking for a little workout close to Vegas this might be the mountain for you.
Due to its steepness and combined with the fact that there's no trail to the summit, very few people climb this peak.
Once you arrive at the peak you'll enjoy a awesome view over the northwest section of the Vegas valley.
The hike is about 5 miles round trip with just over 2000 ft of elevation gain. A large chunk of that elevation (1700 ft) is gained from when you exit the 4WD road to the ridgeline. A distance of about .75 miles.
Heading north on the 215 you'll exit left on Cheyenne. Once you make the left onto Cheyenne it almost immediatley turns into Cliff Shadows Dr.
Drive about .25 miles down Cliff Shadows and make a left onto a unnamed paved street. Park at the end of this paved street. This will be the beginning of the hike.
You can actually drive all the way to the base of the mountain. This would shave about 1.10 mile off the hike. Unfortunatley BLM has been cracking down on all travel on dirt roads around the Las Vegas valley. There are steep fines if you're ticketed so I wouldn't risk it.
The HikeI'd suggest you do this hike during the cooler months. There's absolutely no shade on this mountain.
After parking at the end of the unnamed paved road. Follow the 4WD road for apx. 1.10 miles. At this point you'll exit the 4WD road and start heading up the steep ridge line.
From the point where you exit the 4WD road to the summit is about a 1.4 mile hike.
You'll find that if you stay close to the canyon to the south that it's a little easier going as there's not so much loose rock.
Once you hit the top of the ridgeline head south around the top of the cliff. The summit will come into view.
You'll have to lose a little elevation prior to the final climb to the peak.
Remember BLM has a problem with us utilizing the 4WD roads and if you're caught you will be ticketed.
Bureau of Land Management
Las Vegas Field Office
4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
External LinksA great trip report by Harlan
A geocache on the summit