My wife Jody and I were out looking for a new hike to try. We were heading from Las Vegas to Valley of Fire, going north on the Northshore Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area when we spotted the pull-out for the Northshore Summit Trail. We pulled in and decided to give it a go as it looked very scenic and secluded. We figured it would be a dog friendly hike with some great views. This trail was all of that and more!
Within one hundred yards of the parking lot we encountered breath taking views in all directions. We were able to see Lake Mead as we looked southwest and we were able to the Overton arm the lake as we looked toward the northeast. The trail is steepest just out of the parking lot. It rises a few hundred, pretty strenuous, feet to a ridge where the views are out of this world. The trail along the ridge meanders to the north for approximately a half mile of easy ups and downs before it drops down into back country arroyos and washes ultimately intersecting the Callville Wash North road which is as far as we got on this trip.
We decided we will return in a few weeks when the desert wild flowers and cacti are in bloom. The next time we will allow ourselves enough time to hike to some beautiful red rock formations seen from the summit.
This is a hike that I whole heartedly recommend for anyone wanting to see and photograph some amazing vistas of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area pristine desert and red rock formations.
To get to this hike from Las Vegas or Henderson, enter Lake Mead NRA and travel north on Northshore Road. Once you have past the intersection of Northshore Road and the road toward North Las Vegas, travel another 17.2 miles to the parking lot on the left side of the road. This is the trail head for the Northshore Summit Trail. If you come in to the park from North Las Vegas, turn left at Northshore Road and travel 17.2 miles to the destination mentioned above. Fall, winter and Spring are the best times to hike here as the summer is hot. Bring plenty of water!!!