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1 day ago

One of the most amazing views I’ve ever encountered, especially as the fall colors are at their peak. Well worth the effort - not for the faint of heart!

Great beginner’s trail. Lots of switchbacks & is a moderate incline the whole way up, but it’s very easy to go down the way back! Safe for dogs & kids. Can get crowded on weekends, but it’s worth it for the view + mini waterfall(s) at the end. My whole family does this hike every year in the spring when snow melt is high & the waterfall is POURING.

hiking
2 days ago

Short hike but the steady incline gets your lungs pumping for sure! Take your time, there’s a lot of benches a long the way if you need to stop.

The hike itself is great but should not be listed as Light, this is definitely a moderate trail although somewhat short in length.

We also did lose the trail as it splits and we took the wrong direction bc it ended. We followed someone else who looked like they knew what they were doing - our mistake.

We didn't end up finding the waterfall, but the drive up there and the views are gorgeous. I think we got close but it was 6pm and we needed to get back before we were stuck in the dark. I'll probably try again.

Definitely loose gravel, 'stairs', steep inclines, and mixed terrain.

Great workout. A lot of elevation gain in a fairly short distance (about 2 miles.) I usually get to the junction with the North Loop in 55 mins and can run back down in 20. Perfect for days where you don’t have a lot of time, but want a great workout surrounded by the beauty of the wilderness.

Amazing views! Take your time hiking, I didn’t. Ended up getting mountain sickness when I got home because of the elevation. But I will definitely go back to the trail again, now that I know better than to rush on my way to the top!

my fiance, her cousin, his girlfriend and my son went on this trail. beautiful views! My fiance and I didnt make it all the way, her and I got about halfway through the switchback. the rest of our group made it to the top

Great workout for your legs and lungs.

hiking
13 days ago

Steady uphill climb. 67 degrees with a nice breeze around 10am. Worth it when you get to the top and see the view. All the Aspens are a beautiful yellow now.

This steady incline to the peak has very well maintained trails trickled with numerous lookouts with natural wood benches, making this hike doable for most fitness levels. In the fall, a majority of the trail is sandwiched between rows of vibrant yellow trees that when the sun shines threw (and it’s almost always sunny) looks like gold coins flickering in the wind. It’s not necessarily a long hike up (made it to the top in 45 minutes, 83 minutes total - steady pace) but the elevation climb will get your heart pumping and your lungs a workin. But that’s ok. Sit at one of those benches, and catch your breath. You won’t regret it.


P.S. Early bird gets the worm. 8-9 am if you like more undisturbed hikes.

hiking
14 days ago

Relatively easy hike, just watch your footing on a few weathered parts of the trail!

Great trail, easy to follow. Moderate trail. Beautiful trees all along the way.

Well marked trail with excellent views. The second set of switchbacks are not for the novice hiker. The angle of ascent is steep and the trail is loose. Proper footwear is an absolute must. Plan to get here very early to get a good start.

hiking
18 days ago

Great views at the top as well as along the way. Well worth it. Take your time and enjoy the hike. Stay to the right at the unmarked fork.
Look for the Endangered Palmer Chipmunks at the top. They only exist in the Spring Mountains. Resist feeding them. They will become dependent on humans for food and will be doomed in winter.

Worth it, take your your time though

a bit challenging due to the elevation but the view was worth the effort.

Fun and easy! Canyon part towards the end is dope.

hiking
20 days ago

This is great trail with beautiful views. The leaves were just starting to change and there was so much to see and take pictures of along the way. Next time I plan to keep going all the up to Griffith peak!

hiking
21 days ago

This wasn't an easy hike for us (family of 4, with a 4yr old and 9yr old). Maybe we are just out of shape but I would call it moderate, not easy. It started out easy enough but then goes straight up and is more like mountain climbing. We had to stop several times and there were younger (more in-shape) hikers that were stopped as well.

The trail is also very hard to find if you don't know the area. The map will take you to a closed off gate and Little Falls isn't even listed on the newer maps. You don't know if you are on the right trail until you are halfway there. We just followed the directions written by someone else on here and finally found it after about 10 minutes of driving back and forth and searching for "stairs".

fabulous

Pretty walks through the trees and lots of shade and a nice view at the top. You can continue the trail to complete lower bristlecone, but you will have to hike back up the road to your vehicle.

Great trail, beautiful views. Only downfall was about half the hikers were maling their own path and causing rocks to slide down from above.

Great hike, rewarding views! If you like switchbacks, this trail is for you!

The drive to the trailhead(from Vegas) is a little longer than other hikes on Mt. Charleston. Once you get to Cold Creek, the road changes to gravel. I wouldn’t try to make this drive in a car. We have a Subaru Impreza outback sport and we were scraping in some places. If you don’t have the clearance you could high center. Truck or SUV recommended. The hike itself is wonderful. Amazing views on the way up. Lots of switchbacks. Good amount of shade. We were the only hikers on the trail that day, so I’d you’re looking for a secluded hike, give this one a shot. The last person to sign the book at the summit was there 4 days before us. Bring lots of water and make sure you use the bathroom at a gas station on the 95. There are no services in cold creek. Hike is more like 9 miles rather than the stated 7.9.

Great hike for experienced hikers. Loose rock so wear good hiking shoes. Trekking poles are a must to save the knees. Great view of the surrounding area.

The views are spectacular right from the get go. Make sure to look behind you as you’re going. The valley changes with each turn and gets more stunning along the way. It was very heavily trafficked, though, and not well marked near the end. My friend and I got a little off course at an unmarked fork. It’s a slight thigh buster, too. No need for the stair master if you’re doing this one.

Good solid hike uphill all the way along the wash. We cut off at Eagle’s Nest trailhead but from the road to Eagle’s Nest trailhead it was nice. To bad this time of year (Sept.) the water wasn’t flowing.

This was a great hike!

Started down this trail on 9/16/2018 for about 30 minutes and was hard.

Very cool trail. Not super aggressive, but pretty.

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