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Hidden Forest Road
Backroads Around Las Vegas, Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Hidden Forest Road
Hidden Forest Road
Alamo Road approaching Hidden Forest Road (view N)

Overview

Hidden Forest Road is a 3.7-mile spur road that runs east from Alamo Road and leads to a trailhead for the Hidden Forest Cabin, Hayford Peak, and Sheep Peak routes. The road usually is suitable for 2WD-HC vehicles, as the road surface is firm and there are no particularly large rocks or other hazards in the roadway, although it is a bit bumpy.

The trailhead is suitable for camping, although there is nothing entirely level upon which to pitch a tent.

For general information on camping, hiking, regulations, other issues, and the natural history of the Wildlife Refuge, see the Desert National Wildlife Refuge -- Area Overview page.

Link to map.

Hidden Forest Road
Hidden Forest Road sign (view NE from Alamo Road)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert... Hidden Forest Road generally is a good dirt road, but it runs out into wild and remote country. There are no services or developments of any kind. Cell phones don't work. Bring water and food, a good spare tire, a shovel, tools, a tow rope, bailing wire (I learned the hard way) and anything else that you might need to survive a night stuck out in the desert.

While out there, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, this road leads to remote country, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials. This is a wildlife refuge, so pay extra attention to respecting the land and stay on the roadway.

Hidden Forest Road
Hidden Forest Road (view E from Alamo Road)

Location

Hidden Forest Road is located on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and starts about 1.5 hours northwest of Las Vegas. To get there, drive out Corn Creek Road to the Information Kiosk (Table 1, Site 0106) at Corn Creek Field Station.

Continue east for about 100 yards to a T-intersection. Turn left onto Alamo Road, and follow it north for 14.8 miles to Hidden Forest Road (Site 0882), which runs to the east (right).

Hidden Forest Road
Information sign at the intersection (view E)

The Road

From Alamo Road (Site 0882), Hidden Forest Road runs east up the bajada towards the Sheep Range with Deadman Canyon in the background. The road climbs consistently and fairly straight for 3.7 miles.

The road runs up the bajada, tracking parallel to Deadman Canyon Wash. Near the mountains, the grade increases a bit and the road runs onto a bench overlook the wash with nice views to the north.

The road ends at a parking area (Site 0445) between a steep hillside and a drop-off into the wash below. There is a trailhead sign just past the end of the parking at a gate blocking the old road, and the hiking routes continue down the closed road into the wash below.

The Hidden Forest Cabin, Hayford Peak, and Sheep Peak routes begin from the end of the road.

Hidden Forest Road
Information sign: A Living Landscape (view E)
Hidden Forest Road
Hidden Forest Road (view E; 1.3 miles out)
Hidden Forest Road
Hidden Forest Road (view E; 2.8 miles out)
Hidden Forest Road
Hidden Forest Road (view E)
Hidden Forest Road
Hidden Forest Trailhead parking (view west)
Hidden Forest Road
Hidden Forest Trailhead parking (view east)
Hidden Forest Road
Trailhead gate
Hidden Forest Road
Trailhead gate (note that Wiregrass Spring is actually 5.5 miles out)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site # Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0106 Corn Creek parking area 647225 4033632 36.43845 115.35745 2,814 Yes
0445 Hidden Forest Trailhead Parking 653169 4054873 36.62892 115.28694 5,828 Yes
0882 Alamo Rd at Hidden Forest Rd 647277 4055447 36.63502 115.35270 4,490 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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