This is a hike to the Muffins and a trail that goes along the edge of Blue Diamond Hill with views of the Las Vegas Valley. You return by a mountain bike trail called the Boneshaker. This is my favorite hike in this area. It's the one I've done the most often, and I will go to Blue Diamond Hill on those days when I want to do some hiking and just relax while looking at this city that I love so much.
The hike is moderate in difficulty. The difficult thing about it may be the distance. There is in excess of 1,000 feet of elevation gain on the way to the Muffins and then on to the Las Vegas Overlook. There's a still a bit more until you reach the crest of Blue Diamond Hill and walk along the trail that goes to the second overlook. From there, it's downhill, some of it being steep and a bit dicey.
Much of this trail was formed by mountain bikers and horseback riders. We hikers are following in their tracks. Much of Blue Diamond Hill is criss-crossed by various trails that bikers, horse riders, and hikers use. If you scan the satellite photo, you can see where the trails go. You can extend your hike by going any number of ways or exploring this hill in different areas on different hikes.
Bring a backpack with a water pouch such as a Camelbak. October through March is the best time to hike this trail. I've done it in May, but it got quite warm before I was finished and I was glad it was downhill.
Hiking boots are a must. I did take some friends to the Muffins once who only wore sneakers and they slipped too many times. One took a fall but was unhurt. For coming down the Boneshaker, you need to have good boots.
Blue Diamond Hill is mostly limestone, so always check the trail to look for sea shell imprints in the rock. There are a large number of them on the hill, but you have to watch carefully as you hike.
There is a good amount of parking at the trailhead. Public parking is before you cross under the horseback riding sign. Go early as the parking area can get full, and you really don't want to leave your car along the side of the road.
After your hike, visit Red Rock Canyon, see the Visitor Center, and drive the Scenic Drive and you can look across and see where you hiked. It puts things in great perspective.
Note: For some the hike, there will be no cell phone coverage. The trail is quite evident if you read and follow the guide. I prefer having my GPS unit with the tracks I downloaded when I hike trails that I've found on EveryTrail.