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Hiked this this afternoon with my two dogs. it was windy, snowy, and raining. Still had a nice easy hike.

hiked this trail a bunch. like it a lot. not too hard. tried to go up during a good snow event but they closed it.

Really awesome trail to do especially at the beginning of fall! Was going great till we lost the trail heading into the upper bristlecone, but still had an awesome time and the dogs loved it!

21 days ago

Nice hike in the snow. Definitely not to challenging.

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21 days ago

Great leg workout! Will do again!

Easy hike with a nice scenery. Great for kids or first time hikers!

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1 month ago

Really beautiful hike, highly recommend. Check out my full guide on Hikingguy com.

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1 month ago

The elevation gain when you’re starting so high up unexpectedly kicked my butt, made the switchbacks a bit more uncomfortable since it added strain to monotony, but the end of the trail was quite worth it. I did this back in July, and despite the cooler weather up in Mt Charleston, laying on the rocks was amazing. The water was little but so ice cold, it was wonderful. Beautiful scenes

Great hike, very scenic. Not too challenging. The falls at the top are beautiful.

cool. found by accident. super neat.

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1 month ago

Very fun with the fresh snow! Microspikes/yaktrax definitely not required at this point, but you might find they come in handy near the end. The seasonal spring at the end is frozen over currently but it's a fun short hike.

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1 month ago

Great loop trail with spectacular views of the limestone cliffs of Mt. Charleston. Parked at the Lower Bristlecone trailhead. Did the loop trail clockwise, hiking up the road to the ski area and the Upper Bristlecone trailhead. This makes for a steeper climb to the bristlecones with a gradual descent down the trail to the parking area.

We parked at the Lower Bristlecone Trail lot, ended at the Upper and then walked back downhill (on pavement) to our car. It’s a smaller lot but it worked out really well for us. Beautiful trails.

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1 month ago

Great hike. It was challenging and long but with rewarding views at the top. The trail itself was not too bad. Feel free to look at my picture I took here.

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1 month ago

let's just say it lives up to its name(MJ). Great hike with a waterfall at the end. the waterfall wasn't quite in season. I would definitely hike again in season.

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1 month ago

One of my first good elevation hikes. An amazing old tree close to the end.

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1 month ago

What a view once you get to the top! clear trail.

It’s a great hike for those that enjoy height and don’t fear narrow trails. The hike to the top will be worth it!! Keep going!

The day I went there was a group of young kids smoking weed and had there dog running with no leash.

Amazing experience..was very easy and with surprise in the end. Snow in the beginning on November and waterfall!

hiking
2 months ago

Great, easy hike that can be leisurely done in about 2 hours.

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2 months ago

Honestly, I went late AF! Got there at like 5-5:15
BUTTTTTT, i feel it was even MORE AMAZING!!!
If there’s anything I could suggest is catch yourself here at sunset, that way you can catch the stars and the silhouettes of the mountainsand trees!

Bring a flashlight!!! But yeah it’s super fucking DOOOOPE! DOOOO IT BROSEPHERS!✊

Waterfall in The beginning of November is like a sink dribbling water lol good exercise though.

Good trail

hiking
2 months ago

Starts out as a fairly easy trail, but toward the end of the trail there are a lot of off-shoots that can cause minor confusion. Plenty of shade, and lower elevation than other trails in the area.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an excellent hike for all levels. It’s starts out with a gradual upgrade as you walk through the forest. Gorgeous views starting out. The trail does a switch back that heads off to the right that quickly became quite a bit steeper. The switchbacks made it doable. Our 10 year old daughter wasn’t thrilled about how long it was taking. She did get tired. We gave the option to turn around. Other hikers let us know we were about 15 minutes from the waterfall and cave. She then got determined to make it to the falls. We finally made it and the views were spectacular. The waterfall is trickling off of the mountain right now. Our daughter was super proud of herself for making it to the top. She climbed up a level and enjoyed sitting under the water. It was a great hike for exercise and ended with really gorgeous views. It’s always nice to be able to hike to water. We would definitely do it again. Without kids, you would get a killer workout in if that’s what you’re going for. Make sure to layer your clothing this time of year. When we left Vegas it was about 10-12 degrees warmer. It was cool up at the waterfall as the wind picked up a bit. The Temperature felt amazing as long as you could add or take off a layer. For those that may not be as stable on their feet, walking sticks would be nice. Not necessary, but helpful.

It was a pretty hike, but very crowded. The switchbacks are in pretty bad shape from erosion from people taking “short cuts”. We witnessed many people trying to be “adventurous” bypassing the switchbacks. Not only was it kicking rocks down on people, but also tearing up the earth. Show some respect. STAY ON THE TRAIL!

Amazingly beautiful hike. two trails to choose from. red for easy, black dash trail for a slightly more technical route. lots of ticks this time of year, so be aware of your surroundings. great for dogs, and kids.

Beautiful, scenic trail. Took me about 2 hours to hike there and back including resting and picture taking.

Arrived around 8:45 on Saturday morning and were surprised to see hardly any cars. Took us less than 2 hours and we hiked almost 4 miles at a very slow pace. We ended up not going up the switchbacks on the way up (took a left instead of a right at a fork). The trail is clearly marked at the beginning and then the blazes become non existent. Our “trail” up had a very steep grade with very loose rocks. It got us there quick but we really had to watch our steps. Cool cave to explore to the left of the 3 falls (more like trickles...but there was water!). And then we found the real trail to take back down. We did venture off it to check out a cool view and ended up on a very steep, non switchback trail for a little bit. Extremely dangerous due to the loose rocks. Parking lot was almost full when we completed our hike.

Amazing hike! Beautiful view, very peaceful. I went early in the morning and nobody was there, and when I was coming down I only saw three people (on a tuesday). Definitely a tough incline that wasn’t expected but it made it better once you get to the top! :)

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