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Little Finland Road
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Little Finland Road
Little Finland Road
Mud Wash Road, approaching Little Finland Road (view N)

Overview

Little Finland Road is located out in Gold Butte, northeast of Las Vegas. This road runs 2 miles from Mud Wash Road (part of the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway loop) to Little Finland, traversing spectacular country along the way. This road provides access to Little Finland, Red Rock Spring, and the Hartman Tank route.

The road is mostly firm sand and passable in a 2WD-HC vehicle (assuming favorable conditions), but it would be safer in a 4WD because in a sandy wash, you just never know when a bit of soft sand will suck you down. Once, when I stopped on this road to take a photo, I got stuck in the sand trying to start out in 2WD; fortunately I could shift into 4WD and drive away. There is one rocky high step that almost requires 4WD.

Link to Road Map.

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Mud Wash Road at Little Finland Road (view NE)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about the desert, ... the road is in fair condition for 2WD-HC vehicles, but this is a wild and remote area without services of any kind (no restrooms, no water, no gas, no food). Bring what you need to survive. Be prepared and be self-reliant. Someone will find you eventually if you stay on a main road, but be prepared to survive alone for a day, or even two or more days if you get off the main road.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, this is a remote area, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials.

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Little Finland Road (view E from Mud Wash Road)

Getting to Little Finland Road

Little Finland Road is located out in Gold Butte northeast of Lake Mead, about 2-3/4 hours northeast of Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas, drive out to Whitney Pocket at the end of the paved Gold Butte Road. Continue south on the unpaved Gold Butte Road for 3.9 miles to Mud Wash North Road. Turn right onto Mud Wash North Road and continue 3.2 miles southwest to Mud Wash Road. Stay right onto Mud Wash Road and continue generally west for 4.0 miles to Little Finland Road, on the right.

See also the Gold Butte Area overview map.

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Little Finland Road signs (view E)

The Road

From Mud Wash Road (Table 1, Site 1680), Little Finland Road runs east into the sparsely vegetated (Mojave Desert Scrub) and sandy Red Rock Springs Wash, which is followed upstream for 0.99 miles to an intersection with Red Rock Springs Road (Site 1681).

Staying right, the road continues southeast for another 250 yards to a wide spot in the wash. For drivers without a good, high-clearance vehicle with stout tires, park here and walk the rest of the way.

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The road actually ends in 1.9 miles

From the wide spot, the road turns hard to the right and runs southwest into a narrow canyon with limited options for parking off the road or turning around. At the far end of the narrow canyon, the road climbs over a high, rocky step, which is barely passable in a 2WD-HC vehicle.

Beyond the high step, the road curves left and runs southeast across smooth washes into the Little Finland area. The legal road generally stays right (follow the carsonite signs) and runs towards the south end of the Little Finland Cliff. Other sandy roads fork off to the left (Site 1683) towards the north end of the Little Finland cliff. The legal road eventually cuts through a narrow gap between two hills and runs into the trailhead parking area (Site 1684), which is evidenced only by a barbed-wire fence with a gate. Park here; this is the end of the road and the trailhead into the middle section of Little Finland.

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Sign: stay on designated roads (view E)
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Little Finland Road, sometimes hard base
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Little Finland Road, sometimes soft sand
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Little Finland Road at Red Rock Springs Road (view E)
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Wide area for parking before entering narrow canyon (view E)
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Entering the narrow canyon (view S)
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In the narrow canyon (view S)
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This spot can be washed out (view S) [it is okay in Jan 2017]
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Approaching the high step (view S)
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Approaching the high step (view S)
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High step; drivers start up the step then turn hard right (view SE)
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Just past the high step, the road turns left (view S)
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Crossing low ridge before next wash (view SE)
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Dropping into next wash (view SE)
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Road runs up sandy wash (view E)
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Approaching Little Finland (view E)
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Little Finland road splits three ways (view E)
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Official designated road stays right to south trailhead (view E)
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Other roads go left to north trailhead and central area (view E)
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First fork to north end (view NE)
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Second fork to north end (view E)
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Main road continues southeast
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Main road (view SE)
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Main road bends right (view SE)
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Main road stays right (view S)
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Little Finland Road (view S)
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Main road runs into wash (view SE)
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Main road runs down wash (view SE)
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Main road runs down wash, then turns left (view SE)
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Main road, approaching trailhead area (view E)
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Stream and fence at trailhead area (view E)
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Little Finland trailhead parking (view E)
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Little Finland trailhead gate (view E)

Side Road to North End (for people who can't climb the regular route)

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Exiting from main road to go left (view NE)
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Crossing sandy flats (view N)
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Crossing sandy flats (view N)
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Approaching steep sand hill (view N)
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Steep sand hill (view N)
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Steep sand hill (view N)
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Steep sand hill, turn right at top (view N)
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Entering Little Finland from the north (view S)

Exiting Little Finland Trailhead

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Little Finland Road, stay right when exiting the trailhead (view N)
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Little Finland Road, stay right when exiting the trailhead (view N)
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Returning through the narrow canyon (view N)
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More to come ...

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

Wpt. Location Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
1680 Mud Wash Rd at Little Finland Rd 36.46365 114.23372 1,735 0.00 0.00 Yes
1681 Little Finland Rd at Red Rock Springs Rd 36.45798 114.22105 1,781 0.99 0.99 Yes
1682 Red Rock Springs Trailhead Parking 36.45883 114.21910 1,774 . . Yes
1683 Little Finland Rd Forks 36.45169 114.21593 1,806 0.61 1.60 Yes
1684 Little Finland Rd at Trailhead 36.44840 114.21415 1,793 0.32 1.92 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
copyright; Last updated 170131

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