Why is March 1st the start?
First, Red Rock Canyon stays open until 7 pm It was only open until 5 pm This gives hikers an extra two hours to complete their hike and avoid expensive tickets.
Second, it's getting warmer. The average daytime temps in Las Vegas in March is: 70 degrees. It is a bit cooler in Red Rock due to the elevation.
Finally, Daylight Saving Time starts March 10. It will not be dark until 7 pm and then later as the year progresses.
Best Hikes in Red RockThis depends on your fitness level and your scrambling abilities.
Lost Creek Canyon: all trail that ends at a seasonal waterfall
First Creek Waterfall: all trail that ends at a seasonal waterfall
Las Vegas Overlook: all trail that ends with great views of Las Vegas and Red Rock
Kraft Mtn Loop; part trail, part scrambling that makes a big loop around Kraft Mtn.
More info on all these hikes: http://www.hikinglasvegas.com/Easy-Red-Rock-Hikes.htm
For intermediate hikers:
Terrace Canyon: trail and bouldering hike to a very scenic canyon
The Park: trail hike that leads to a park like setting high in the canyon
North Peak: trail and scrambling hike that leads to one of the highest peaks in Red Rock Canyon.
More info on all these hikes: http://www.hikinglasvegas.com/Red-Rock-Canyon-Moderate-Hikes.htm
Don't know what scrambling means: Check out this video
I will cover advance hikes in my next post.
Note: The 52 Peak Party is April 27th. More info here.