This mostly flat route cuts through open valley between two 3,000-foot-high ridges. After a 2.5-mile warm-up, push up your sleeves for a quick, steep climb to a summit with little to obstruct your view. Enjoy the scenery, but don't dawdle next to the summit's fenced Southern Highlands Radio Tower (radio waves may exceed the FCC general public exposure limit beyond the fence). From this vantage point, the Strip looks like a 1960s architecture model. Sheep, Arrow Canyon and Muddy Mountain Ranges rise up out of the city’s haze, appearing to abut Vegas even though they are another 45 minutes north. Retrace your route back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Chelisse Simmons
Trailhead: Merge onto I-15 S, taking the ramp to Los Angeles. Continue for 11 miles. Take exit 33 and merge onto Blue Diamond Rd. Turn left at South Decatur Blvd. After about 2 miles, take a slight right onto Southern Highlands Pkwy. Turn right onto Starr Hills Ave. Continue on Chartan Ave.