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Frenchman Mountain

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 4.1 (15)

A strenuous route up a dirt access road leading to exceptional views of the city.


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.6

KM

58%

Runnable

3,992' 1,217 m

High

2,410' 734 m

Low

1,828' 557 m

Up

246' 75 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (10°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Views

Gates surround the radio towers on both peaks. Do not trespass.

Runner Notes

Rocky and steep, this isn't a great trail for beginners, but provides an excellent workout.

Description

After parking at the base of the access road, hike past the gate and immediately into a steep, uphill climb. The trail continues on BLM land where running is allowed but camping is not. Continue mostly uphill for the next mile. Right before the top of the first climb, you'll reach several sets of switchbacks that continue to the top of the saddle. Once atop the saddle, the trail descends for about 0.25 miles before climbing up even higher than before.

The second big uphill climb ends with another few sets of switchbacks. After the switchbacks, you reach one peak with several radio towers on top. The trail continues to a second peak about 0.25 miles away. Once you make it to this second peak with the radio towers, you have made it to the top of Frenchman Mountain. Gates surrounding the radio towers restrict any running past this point. Once at the peak, enjoy the best views of Henderson and Las Vegas, then follow the trail back the same way you came to get back to the trailhead.

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Shared By:

Kristen Evans with improvements by Carlitos Harrera

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  4.1 from 15 votes

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#41

in Nevada

#6,293

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Photos

Looking south from the false summit to the top of Frenchman Mountain
May 14, 2018 near Sunrise…, NV
Top of Frechman Mountain, near the geocache
May 14, 2018 near Sunrise…, NV
Looking south toward the first incline from the parking lot at Frenchman Mountain trailhead.
May 14, 2018 near Sunrise…, NV

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