Mount Charleston is a getaway for many Las Vegans. In the summer, it offers a cool climate out of the raging heat of the Valley. In the winter, Charleston gives us a winter playground and during the warmer seasons, the mountain offers various hiking trails for all levels of hikers, including Cathedral Rock.
Cathedral Rock Trail is one of the more difficult trails, but worth it for the views. Clocking in at 2.8 miles, the trail is on the shorter side, but it is a steady climb to the top. The trail begins in the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area, across from the Mt. Charleston Lodge. During peak hiking season, usually in the summer on the weekends, parking can be difficult, so plan ahead.
The hike starts out relatively easy, but eventually leads to a steady climb, ending in steep switchbacks leading to a wonderful view down Kyle Canyon. The pictures here show great views during the fall. Yes, we have fall here!
As is true of any mountain, sudden changes in weather can occur on Mount Charleston. Lightening storms during the summer are possible, especially in the afternoons, and sudden snow can occur during the winter. Always check the weather forecast and be prepared to turn around. If hiking trails during the winter, make sure to check for avalanche warnings. The Cathedral Rock Trail goes through an avalanche path, so please use caution.