ElevationAscent: 782' 238 m
Descent: -782' -238 m
High: 2,269' 692 m
Low: 1,879' 573 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“This is a great way to make experiencing Silica Dome into a scenic day run.”— Mirek Wierzbicki
Expect to have to scramble and squeeze through some relatively tight spots along this route.
This run is best done in the cooler months of the year, as the temperatures can be searing during the heat of the summer.
Once you're ready to continue, follow the route down into Fire Canyon Wash until you're roughly 1.7 miles from the trailhead (as mapped). At this point, the wash will continue to the right, but you're going to want to head left (north). From here, the wash climbs through rockier and more narrow terrain to eventually reach the parking lot for Fire Canyon Overlook at 2.78 miles (as mapped).
Once you've caught your breath, meander over to the road and follow the route right to reach Silica Dome and gorgeous, 360-degree panoramas of your surroundings. Once you've had your fill of the views and your trail snacks, you can either retrace your steps back to the car or follow Fire Canyon Road (AKA Rainbow Vista Road) to Mouse's Tank Road and the parking area for an easier return.
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Land Manager: Nevada State Parks - Valley of Fire