Cathedral Rock Check Dam Part 2

Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness on Saturday, September 10 to prevent erosion and sharpen your trailwork skills!

Difficulty: Strenuous! Cathedral Rock Trail is a strenuous, 3.1-mile round-trip hike at high elevation with moderate to heavy trail work needed at the TOP of the trail.

Elevation7,715 feet to 8585 feet. Cathedral Rock Trail gains over 870 feet in elevation in 1.5 miles. That is equivalent to an average 11% grade! It is highly recommended that you are familiar and comfortable with high altitude hiking in mountainous terrain to join this project. 

Project:  Construction of Check Dam. Volunteers will carry their packs, water, Personal Protective Equipment, and Friends of Nevada Wilderness tools from trailhead to worksite at approximately 8500 feet elevation, 1.5 miles up the trail to begin construction of a 6-tiered check dam near the pinnacle of Cathedral Rock. 

Join us on Saturday, September 10 at 8:00am for an all-day stewardship project atop beautiful Cathedral Rock.  We will hike this steep and strenuous trail among the pines and aspens to near the summit of Cathedral Rock in the Spring Mountains Recreation Area and Mount Charleston Wilderness Area while carrying tools required to build a check dam to prevent erosion above the trail corridor.

Expect to hike approximately 1.54 miles each way (3.1 miles roundtrip) carrying your day pack, PPE provided by Friends, at least 2 liters of drinking water, lunch, snacks, and at least one tool provided by Friends of Nevada Wilderness - a shovel, pick mattock, mcleod, hammer, saw, bucket, or other piece of equipment.

This second project will follow the work of our first, focusing on completing the lower half of the check dam and clearing the nearby trail corridor of any damage or debris from our build.  

For more information about the event contact Peter Sbraccia at [email protected].  


This Project is funded by the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership (SNAP).  Friends of Nevada Wilderness is proud to partner with the Federal public lands agencies that make up SNAP and manage more than 10 million acres of public lands and water in Southern Nevada to provide conservation and recreational opportunities.  SNAP's “Engaging Communities through Stewardship” project is delivering a continuum of activities, including environmental education programs, stewardship events, and responsible outdoor recreation trainings designed to engage our local community, from childhood into adulthood, in their public lands.  To learn more and get involved visit

September 10, 2022 at 8:00am - 4:30pm
Cathedral Rock Trail
Cathedral Rock Trailhead
Mount Charleston, NV 89124
United States
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