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Cat-N-Hat Trail
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon NCA, Blue Diamond Hill
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Fossil Trail at Cat-N-Hat Trail (view SE)

Overview

The Cat-N-Hat Trail is one of the Blue Diamond Hill Bike Trails. This trail runs parallel to the Fossil Trail for 0.51 miles and provides a steeper alternative to the Fossil Trail that avoids travel along the steep edge of Fossil Canyon.

This hike is in Mojave Desert Scrub country with lots of cactus, birds, and lizards. See the Blue Diamond Hill Bike Trail Overview for details.

Link to trail map.

Cat-N-Hat Trail
Cat-N-Hat Trail (view SE from Fossil Trail)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this is a fairly safe trail. The Blue Diamond Hill Trails were designed for mountain bikes, so the grades are generally easy (this trail is steeper than most on this part of the hill), but watch for bikers careening down the trail.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials.

Getting to the Trailhead

This hike is located in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, about 30 minutes from town, but not on the Scenic Loop Road. Drive out West Charleston Blvd, past the entrance to the Scenic Loop Drive, to the Cowboy Trail Rides Trailhead on the left. Park here; this is the trailhead.

Cat-N-Hat Trail

The Hike

From near the middle of the Fossil Trail (Wpt. 02), at a point shortly before reaching the edge of Fossil Canyon, the Cat-N-Hat Trail forks off to the right and runs south, eventually climbing onto the top of the ridge. After leveling out, this trail passes another trail junction to the right (Wpt. 08) and shortly reconnects with the Fossil Trail at a point beyond the precipitous edges of Fossil Canyon (Wpt. 04).

From the end of the trail, consider walking back to the trailhead, making a loop back down the Fossil Trail, or continuing on one of the other Blue Diamond Hill Bike Trails.

Cat-N-Hat Trail
Hikers on Fossil Trail (view SE)
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Erosion control on Cat-N-Hat Trail (view SE)
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Cat-N-Hat Trail begins to level out (view SE)
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Fossils in boulder along trail
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Crinoid fossils in boulder along trail
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Crinoid fossils in boulder along trail
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Cat-N-Hat Trail gets steep again (view SE)
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Cat-N-Hat Trail gets steep again (view SE)
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Cat-N-Hat Trail levels out (view SE)
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Cat-N-Hat Trail levels out and bends more east (view SE)
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Cat-N-Hat Trail approaching trail junction (view SE)
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Cat-N-Hat Trail at trail junction (view SE)
Cat-N-Hat Trail
Cat-N-Hat Trail cresting ridge into Fossil Canyon (view SE)
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Cat-N-Hat Trail approaching Fossil Trail (view SE)
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Cat-N-Hat Trail at Fossil Trail (view SE)
Cat-N-Hat Trail
More to come ...

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Wpt. Location Easting Northing Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
02 Fossil Trail Junction, upper 641654 3997055 4,005 0.00 0.00 GPS
08 Trail Junction 642183 3996627 4,235 0.46 0.46 GPS
04 Fossil Trail Junction, lower 642262 3996606 4,254 0.50 0.51 GPS

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