Upper Bristlecone Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Rugged stands of Bristlecone Pines, bikes allowed but no horses on this section This trail begins in a nicely forested area with white fir and large aspen, and climbs until you reach the rugged, exposed upper slopes with bristlecone pines. The trail is easy to follow for both hikers and bikes, with many spots along the trail to stop and admire the view. Be sure and look up at the ski slopes in Lee Canyon, you will often see wild horses grazing on the grass in late spring, summer, and fall. In my opinion, this is one of the easiest and most enjoyable hikes in the Spring Mtns. for beginners; not many steep climbs, nice views, plenty of trees, and the trail is very visible and can be easily followed, even with snow patches. The flexibility of this trail can be appreciated by all levels of hikers; tailor the hike to the type of terrain you enjoy. Instead of taking the upper and lower loop, I prefer to retrace this upper trail a few times until reaching the desired amount of exercise. Plenty of lunch spots along the trail, but no water to hike to.
Beautiful easy trail up by the ski area. Did the whole loop, the hardest part was walking back up to the car from the lower trail head. Great hike todo in the spring or fall. Not too many people on trail. Very quiet and peaceful. Definitely recommend this trail.
I completed the entire loop, starting at the upper (just past the ski area) and ending at the lower. If you are considering either of the two, i would recommend the upper. The scenery and views are amazing. The lower is mostly an old gravel road. Keep in mind, the road is open to horses... keep your eyes in front of you and look out for brown piles with flies :-) if you do the entire loop, bring plenty of water. Minimal foot traffic today, maybe passed three couples during the 6mile loop. From either trail head, be careful walking on the road to your parked car.. there are lots of curves in this area and cars will be passing you
One of my favorite trails to do around the Spring Mountains. It's a well maintained trail that meanders through the aspen and pine. No crazy inclines or descents. Great views and easy enough for children and dogs. It was 113 in the valley and around 85 at the trail head. There is plenty of shade but bring a liter of water per person at least during the summer months.
Just did it over the weekend. Started upper trail and finished at Lowe trail. Snow is not bad as of 12/12/15, but if you don't know the trail by memory you might want to take a map.
I started my hike from the lower trailhead parking lot and made it a loop to the upper trailhead parking lot, and then, shuffling down the road a short distance to where my vehicle was parked at the lower trailhead. Roughly the first half follows an old dirt road built pre-World War II that wan't completed when the conflict started. The gradual climb makes this 6 mile hike as easy as a hike for that distance as trails come. The views are tremendous across Kyle Canyon as it forms, roughly, an elongated bowl. Along the route the trails namesake Bristlecone Pines proliferate. When researching this trail, I was worried the ski area's scarred slopes might make the trip like a hike thru a clearcut, I needn't have worried. The views were majestic and the trail was far above. Perhaps, during the winter, when this area abounds with people, it might be different. Nevertheless, on a hot day down in the basins, this mountaint-top gem was cool, and breezy. About half way around the trail turns to a single-track and slowly serpentines down a ridge, into a draw, and eventually deposits you at the Upper trailhead parking lot. Not far from the trails conclusion a couple of deer were grazing on a drier slope above the trail.