What we're about

WELCOME!
VegasHikers is the premier hiking group in the Desert Southwest! We take more hikes to more places and have the friendliest, most welcoming organizers of any group around. We feature hikes for all skill levels, road trips, camping, and social gatherings. We have events at a huge variety of times, places, and days. We even hike at night! With dozens of organizers and an average of more than an event a day, you're sure to find activities to suit your fancy.

KNOW YOUR LIMITS.
Our organizers are not tour guides, we're not rangers. Going out with us is the same as going out with a few friends. Expect the same risks, take the same precautions. As organizers, we will do our best to give accurate descriptions of the hikes we post. If you're a beginning hiker, a hike's elevation and distance may not mean much to you. Likewise, difficulty ratings are subjective, and a hike that is "easy" to one person may be "moderate" to another. Err on the side of caution. You're much better off going on a hike that's too easy for you than a hike that's too hard or too dangerous for you. As you go on more hikes with us, you'll become more familiar with our ratings and our descriptions, and you'll learn more about your own limits. Ultimately, it's up to you to keep yourself safe out there. You're an adult. Hike within your abilities.

DUES/FEES
There are no membership dues to be a part of this group. It does take money to pay for this site, fill up first aid kits, and keep organizers prepared, so we gladly take donations any time they're offered.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Our group can be defined by five terms, which help guide every decision we make. They are as follows:
1) All are welcome
2) We hike together
3) We come prepared
4) We're all adults
5) We appreciate the outdoors

To learn more about the group, BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUR "Pages" SECTION. That's also where you'll find our FAQ list.

Upcoming events (5+)

Red Spring Ramble scramble

Red Springs Parking Lot

Details You must indicate that you read the entire hike description by answering the question that pops up when signing up. If you have a recent no show, then you'll have to wait until the day of the hike to see if there's room for you. Helmets are welcome. Be sure to use one that doesn't block your sight. Always carry "in case of emergency" numbers with you in your pack. This is not a traditional route; we will be heading down and around the south side of Red Spring and checking out some of the slots and valleys down the backside. This hike is similar to the Grand Staircase in elevation gain, but might require a bit more technique in some places. The view from the top of this rock is amazing. There's a pretty good view of the entire Calico Basin and the surrounding rocks as well as a look into the city to remind you that you're not very far away. You can also see over the 13-mile loop into the signature part of Red Rock Canyon. As always, we'll keep an eye out for any wildlife to be seen along the way. In this area I've seen many different animals like chuckwallas, red tailed hawks, ring tailed cat, and roadrunners, and the odd tarantula. Not for beginners or those afraid of heights or tight spaces. There are a few places that require intermediate scrambling skills and there is some exposure. You must be able to pull your body weight up and lower yourself down using your arms. If I don't know you or if I can't determine your scrambling experience from your profile, then be prepared to detail your scrambling experience in a private message to me. Details means a description of the climbing you've done and the people you did it with, and how long ago. No guests will be allowed without my prior approval. YOU MUST BE ON THE "GOING" LIST IN ORDER TO GO ON THIS HIKE. CRASHING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. We'll meet at the Red Springs Parking Lot in Calico Basin. To get there, just head west on Charleston towards the park and make a right turn onto the well-marked Calico Basin turnoff. It's 2 miles BEFORE the Park entrance. Follow the road down to the Red Springs parking lot. Frequently asked questions. ( http://www.meetup.com/VegasHikers/pages/Frequently_Asked_Questions/ ) Distance: ~ 2 miles round trip approximately Elevation gain: ~ 1050 ft. High point: 4232 Low point: 3604 Difficulty: moderate Pace: ~ 1 mph. Children: no. Dogs: no. Time: 2 1/2 max. Bring: At least one liter of water. Snacks if you want. Please note the following: • Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. • All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

RockO and Friends from Kraft

Calico Basin - Kraft Mt. Trailhead

RockO goes DesertHikingScrambling! Beginning level 2, 300', 3 miles Go past the Springs,climb up to East, visit interesting rocks make our way down toward the old foundation wall and return to TH. Regular hiker gear. Socialized, Leashed dogs. Please be aware the your Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death.

Happy Duck Calico Scramble

Red Springs Parking Lot

NO BEGINNER SCRAMBLERS. This hike is a short, fun scramble with a few challenging obstacles. I might change things up a bit so prepare for the unexpected. We start by climbing up to Graffitti Rock, past the Duckhead, traverse across to the Amberat Slot, up Happy Valley, through the Owl's Lair and over and down LBMR back to the parking lot. I will allow on this hike only people I have scrambled with and know their skills or can convince me they are comfortable with class 3 and 4 scrambling. Expect some exposure. There are obstacles that require intermediate scrambling skills and you must be able to lift and lower your body weight. You must indicate that you read the entire description by answering the question asked when signing up for this hike . Sign up is through the wait list only. Experienced scramblers only. Helmets are always a good idea. Please bring you own if you decide to wear one. Dress according to the weather forecast. The wait list is set to automatic. If you decide you can't attend after RSVP'ing please update accordingly. Distance: 2.3 miles Ascent: 1012 ft Pace: Moderate Class: 3 with some short class 4 sections Difficulty: 3 Hike time: 2.5 to 3 hours max Bring at least 2 liters of water, electrolytes, snack and don't forget sunscreen and hat. Sticky shoes required. Please be aware that your Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park/BLM rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that rock scrambling is dangerous, the rock is unpredictable and falls can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group. Please carry emergency instructions with you. This information should be easy to find in your pack and include your name, emergency contact person(s) and phone numbers and maybe even primary care physician and pertinent medical info like prescription medications being taken, allergies, etc.

Sandstone Scramble

South Clock Tower Park

***This is not a beginner scramble. It is longer than my typical routes. THERE ARE CLASS III and CLASS III+ obstacles on this route. If you are not sure what these are in this context, this route is not appropriate for you.*** Helmets are always welcome. Be sure to use one that doesn't block your sight. Always carry "in case of emergency" numbers with you. Sandstone Quarry is home to several scrambling routes. Today we will wander, meander, squeeze through, climb up and experience some routes we don't often take. Today's agenda will include Calico Tanks Peaks I & II. If we are so motivated, we can squeeze a modified Imagination Trench section in, too. Speed, size of the group and skill will dictate how many points of interest we get to. There are some tight areas along the way, so be prepared to remove your pack. Also, please note that there are short sections of heavy brush that will scratch and poke you. If that bothers you, then you should wear protective clothing. This hike is almost entirely rock scrambling using your hands to pull yourself up and stabilize climbs. There are many places that require intermediate scrambling skills. You must be able to pull your body weight up and lower yourself down using your arms. If you have a fear of tight spaces or heights, don't sign up for this hike. If I don't know you or if I can't determine your scrambling experience from your profile, then send me a note with details your scrambling experience. This is needed before you can be moved to the "going" list. Details means a description of the climbing you've done and the people you did it with. No guests will be allowed without my prior approval. Send and private message for guest requests. YOU MUST BE ON THE "GOING" LIST IN ORDER TO GO ON THIS HIKE. CRASHING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. We'll meet at the South Tower Park and then carpool to the trailhead. Park passes or payment is required to enter the park, so if you have a pass, please bring it. South Tower Park is at the Intersection of Vista Center and Vista Park. To get there go west on Charleston from 215 towards the Red Rock. Turn right on Vista Center and stay to the right. Then turn right onto Vista Park and a quick left into South Tower Park. There are restrooms and water fountains at the park. Frequently asked questions. (http://www.meetup.com/VegasHikers/pages/Frequently_Asked_Questions/) Distance: ~ 1.5 miles Elevation gain: ~ 900 feet High point: 4700 feet Low point: 4140 feet Difficulty: moderate Pace: ~ 1 Mile Per Hour or less. Children: no. Dogs: no. Time: ~3.5-4 hours hours Bring: At least two liters of water. Snacks. Please note the following: • Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. ou further agree that you assume the risk of negligence by the organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. • All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. • By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

Past events (8,819)

Rappelling with Richard! Explore Lower Old Bill!

First Creek Trailhead

Photos (314,443)

Find us also at