Las Vegas PRIDE OUTside

Las Vegas PRIDE is excited to present a monthly event for all ages! We proudly present PRIDE OUTside each month when, as a group, we meet in the great outdoors for fun activities.

General Information

Las Vegas PRIDE is excited to present this monthly event for all ages! With PRIDE OUTside, we invite you to join us each month as we meet in the great outdoors for fun activities.

Our meeting place may change each month, please pay special attention to the locations outlined on this page. Our event will provide free participation to all and will be inclusive of all ages. Please bring your own snacks and plenty of water to stay hydrated for this event. Participate at your own pace and risk.

KNOW YOUR LIMITS.
Our organizers are not tour guides, we’re not rangers. Going hiking with us is the same as going hiking with a few friends. Think safety, expect the same risks, take the same precautions. 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. This is casual hiking, as you go on more hikes with us, 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.

LET’S KEEP THIS SIMPLE

  1. Everyone is welcome
  2. We hike together
  3. We come prepared
  4. We’re all adults- please respect one another
  5. We appreciate the outdoors; please control your own trash
  6. Have fun! Enjoy your day, that’s what this is all about

Be Prepared, Safety First!

Seven Essentials List — a list of seven “always-have-’em” items first developed by outdoor clubs in the 1930s. Of course, many want to know if there are any items we can skip on our casual short day hikes…

The overly cautious and responsible answer is that yes, you should take everything with you all the time. The reason most accidents happen is because people weren’t prepared to deal with a situation on the trail, or that they didn’t know how to deal with an accident or injury once it occurred.

1. Map – NECESSARY: Never, ever, ever leave home to hit the trail without having a map of the area in your bag. A physical, paper map is absolutely essential to anyone spending time in the wilderness – they’ll help you if you get lost, they’ll help you locate landmarks and options if a route is closed or more difficult than you thought, and you don’t have to worry about batteries running out. Of course, it’s not good enough to have a map – you have to have a good topographical map – not just a sketched out diagram from the web – and you have to know how to read it.

2. Compass, Supplemented with a GPS Receiver – OPTIONAL / NECESSARY: It would be great to take a GPS receiver with you, that would be mainly use for keeping track of trails. If you’re not confident in your cartography skills, compasses are cheap and light, and you should consider them necessary.

3. Sunglasses and sunscreen – NECESSARY: A decent pair of polarizing lenses will do wonders for you. Not only will they prevent sun glare, but they’ll also shield your eyes from drying winds AND errant branches and brush. Sunscreen is ALWAYS important, even on cloudy days. You’re going to be spending a few hours outside in direct sunlight, and you’re probably going to be sore the next day. You don’t want to have a sunburn, too.

4. Extra food and water – NECESSARY: … to a point. I don’t pack full MRE’s for a casual 2 to 3 hour day hike, but it is always wise take a few energy bars or pieces of fruit Always take more water than you plan on drinking, too. It adds a little bit of weight to your pack, but if you spend more time on the trail than you were planning to, you’re going to be thankful.

5. Extra clothes- NECESSARY: … again, to a degree, dress in layers, you can remove your top layer if it’s feeling warm at the trailhead. But it’s nothing too fancy — a fleece pullover for the top, a hat and gloves, and convertible pants would be considering dayhike “extra clothes.”

6. First aid kit – NECESSARY: This is another never-leave-home-without-it item for me. A lightweight medkit from REI that came with gauze, bandaids, tweezers, a signal whistle, antihistamines, painkillers, and all sorts of other goodies. We recommend supplemented it with some duct tape, chewable pepto bismol, some hand warmers, blister bandagaes, and a few other items, and have actually used it quite a bit on the trail – mostly for minor things. If you get a headache in the middle of the woods, that hike back to the car gets a lot nicer when you’ve got aspirin to take. Also, you’ll look like a hero if you come upon someone who has a cut or sprain and doesn’t have a kit. Well worth the money.

7. Knife – RECOMMENDED: A Swiss Army Knife is perfect; you’ll rarely use it. Still, the potential uses for a knife are pretty strong, so it’s probably worth taking one along.

Meeting up with us is easy, just look for Brady (pictured below) at the trail head between 10 to 10:15am. If you arrive late, you can find us on the trail!

Brady

About our Destinations

Calico Basin is a colorful desert area tucked between the gray limestone La Madre Mountains to the north, the red sandstone Calico Hills to the west, and a desert ridge to the south. Three springs with permanent water emerge from the base of the red and white sandstone cliffs: Red Spring, Calico Spring, and Ash Spring. Water also emerges from several seeps in the area, and water runs in washes to the north and south of the springs area during winter. The springs support trees, thickets, and an open meadow. Compared to the surrounding desert, Calico Basin is sheltered and moist, and it is easy to understand why native birds, and wildlife spend time here.

Red Springs Picnic Area
The Red Spring Picnic Area has covered seating, cooking grills, vault toilets, and trash cans. Immediately behind the picnic area, a boardwalk switchbacks up a marshy hillside shaded by large trees. At the base of the boardwalk, a spring just right of the trail brings birds into the picnic area providing close views. The switchbacks lead to the edge of a broad meadow where the boardwalk splits to make a loop around the meadow.

Location
The Calico Basin Picnic Area is located in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, about 30 minutes from downtown. View a Google Map of this Location.

From town, drive out to Red Rocks. From Charleston Blvd at Highway I-215 (Table 1, Site 0516), drive west on Charleston Blvd for 3.8 miles (about 1.5 miles before the entrance to the Scenic Loop) to Calico Basin Road. Turn right onto Calico Basin Road and drive north, then west, for about 1 mile to where the paved road makes a 90-degree turn to the right. At the curve, drive straight through the gate into the Red Spring picnic area (Site 0464).

Hours
Red spring Parking has posted hours and a gate that is locked when the area is closed. Generally the hours coincide with sunrise to sunset.

Fees
Admission to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is charged per vehicle (annual passes accepted), but they do not collect fees at the Calico Basin Picnic Area.

Short but very strenuous (roughly two hours and 100 flights of stairs) hike utilizing switchbacks and stone steps (rip-rap) on a very well marked and heavily used trail. Keep your dogs leashed and under control since a lot of hikers seem to bring their dogs on this one. With a very steep trail, loose rock, and netting in place for erosion control, you definitely don’t want to cut across this trail. Older children can make this hike, but be sure they are used to climbing and high altitude. There is a nice size cave along the north cliff, to the left of the falls; with an easy to follow path leading to the mouth of the cave. From the base of the falls you can see Big Falls to the WSW, and Charleston Peak in the background (snow covered until mid/late Spring). This is a pretty trail with ponderosa pines, white fir, aspen, and mountain mahogany. Look for deer and fox in the aspens at sunrise and sunset, near the beginning/end of trail. Hike early to avoid the crowds at Mary Jane Falls.

I-15 N from Las Vegas to 95 N towards Reno, W on SR 157 (Mt. Charleston – Kyle Canyon) continue past the hotel, 2 miles W of USFS ranger station, to Echo Road. This is where the road curves sharply to the left to head up into old town and the lodge. Instead, continue to the right (almost straight) as it becomes Echo Road. Turn left at the fork (signed) onto the gravel road and park at the trail head. View a Google Map of this Location. There are RR at this parking area and it is also the trail head for Big Falls. Mary Jane Falls is a good trail for the visitor who wants an escape from the casinos and from the desert floor – – it is a short hike and the drive up and back is very scenic. Pack a lunch to enjoy at Mary Jane Falls, but don’t expect heavy water flow over the falls unless it is early spring. LOTS of people use this trail so please pack out any trash you see along the trail, there is a dumpster at the parking area to put it in. (Lat:36.26776 Lon:-115.66295)

Designated by the US Department of the Interior as a National Recreation Trail on June 6, 2015, this pleasant 4.4-mile (round trip) trail follows an old railroad bed high above Lake Mead and runs through five 25-ft-diameter tunnels cut through volcanic ridges. With lots of bikers, joggers, and dogs, hiking here isn’t a wilderness experience, but it is a fun walk through historic tunnels in a scenic desert setting.

The “railroad tunnels” portion of the trail starts at the trailhead and runs east to just beyond the fifth tunnel, which runs, literally, underneath the Lakeview Scenic Overlook, but it does not actually connect to the Overlook. From a public toilet, the trail continues all the way to Hoover Dam, adding another 3.5 miles to the round-trip hike.

This hike is located near Highway 93 in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, about 1 hour southeast of downtown Las Vegas. From town, drive out to Lake Mead. Drive south on Highway 93, through Boulder City, to Lakeshore Road. Turn left (north) onto Lakeshore Road and drive north 0.4 miles (just past the Visitor Center) to the large Historic Railroad Trailhead, on the right. Park here; this is the trailhead. This trailhead is outside the fee area.

Additional Trail Information & Photos

Photos from past PRIDE OUTside Events