Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 36.21700°N / 115.36055°W
Additional Information County: Clark
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 5082 ft / 1549 m
Sign the Climber's Log


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.

Getting There

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 Hike

I'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.

The route

Red Tape

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
(702) 515-5000

External Links

A great trip report by Harlan
A geocache on the summit

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Tracy - Dec 24, 2007 4:26 pm - Voted 10/10

Correct Coordinates

I just noticed that the coordinates need correcting in order for this peak page to be found correctly under an advanced search. Under "Mountains & Rocks", I did an advanced search for all peaks within 50 miles of zip code 89015. This peak, "Summerlin Peak", did not show up among the peaks found. That is because when you enter the coordinates, you need to enter the longitude with a minus sign (-) in front of the number, i.e.: -115 instead of 115 (Like you did for Cockscomb Peak). The minus sign isn't necessary for a correct Topozone link; however, it IS necessary for a correct GoogleEarth link which you get to by clicking on the coordinates listed in the page heading. Hope this makes sense and that it helps.

LV Hiker

LV Hiker - Dec 26, 2007 1:05 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Correct Coordinates

Thanks for pointing that out. I've corrected it.

Gary Fike

Gary Fike - Nov 22, 2013 2:23 pm - Hasn't voted

Summerlin Peak Traverse

Hey Harlan. In March, 2009 after summiting Summerlin Peak, I wanted to see if it was possible to descend south off the saddle to get down. Finding myself cliffed-out,and rather than re-ascend the steep, loose crap to the saddle, I started working my way east along ledges and benches like a big-horn sheep. After some great exposure, trial and error, and one easy 5th class 15-foot section, I emerged beneath the prominent southeast ridge and made my way east and south to the extension of Lake Mead Blvd. I've been back a dozen times since and have thoroughly cairned the traverse. If you don't mind exposure, it is a LOT of fun and makes the Summerlin Peak summit into a great loop hike. I didn't see any reference to the traverse in the summit log prior to 2009. I'd like to think I was the first, but if you know of any earlier success let me know and I'll try not to pout.

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