Looking for a great trail in Mt. Charleston Wilderness, Nevada? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 9 hard trails in Mt. Charleston Wilderness ranging from 3.6 to 20.4 miles and from 6,919 to 11,909 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Hiked 9/14 into 9/15. Started south to north. Had to park at Echo Trailhead and road walk thru construction to get to the south Trailhead. After coming down the north side, I'm glad I ascended from the south side. The summit climb from. The north side is incredibly steep. It's not as bad from the south side. I camped around 10,800 feet and wished that I had found some bristlecone pines a few hundred feet lower to camp among. The wind was STRONG all night. Gusts made it seem like my tent was going to collapse on me so my trekking poles were used as extra supports. Temp read 35F at 3am. Started at 650am and summited at 830am. It took me 4.5 hours to get to my camp spot, another 1 hour 40 minutes to summit and 4 hours down. There is one spring flowing midway down/up the north side. Please respect this hike and trail. I saw so many "windbreaker & water bottle" people that were ill prepared. It was clear many people attempt this hike without doing their homework. You gain nearly a MILE in Elevation. The temperature at the top will be 30-35 degrees cooler and the winds will be at least 15MPH and likely closer to 35-40 MPH. Weather changes quickly here. I brought 6 liters of water and consciously rationed the entire time. I wish I brought 1 more liter. For the record, I usually go thru more water than the average person. The views along this entire hike are worth every bit of effort. Take your time. Respect the oxygen deprived air at elevation. I'll be back on this mountain!

Nice hike but I definitely would not attempt in tennis shoes. It was slippery going back down even in my Merrill boots. The waterfall was small but pretty still and there is a cave just a minute or two hike afterward with beautiful views. I don't think this is a great hike for children and maybe not for dogs either.

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rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Love this trail!!! Gets the heart rate up a little but definitely a leisurely stroll! Beautiful views with a pretty healthy scramble at the end. Will do again!

Great trail in a beautiful park! First time here and I felt like I was hiking in a Disney movie. Really beautifully kept park.

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bugs
3 days ago

The hike was nice and had good views. I rated this a 3 because it was too easy. Wouldn’t recommend if you’re looking for a good workout. One section with bugs in the canyon portion.

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no shade
3 days ago

This is a great hike. I parked at the lower Cathedral Rock Parking Lot and walked down Echo Way (use the road, not trails). Walk to the Trail Canyon Trail Head Parking Area and head up there. The trail is clearly marked and you take off to the left several miles in to take the North Loop Trail. It was about 9.5 miles to the summit from where I parked. The last mile of switchbacks were tough, but the view from the top was spectacular. I went down the South Loop Trail, which was hard on the knees and legs once you hit the switch back section where you drop over 3000 feet in about 5 miles. Overall, great hike with perfect weather. Started out in upper 40s (7AM) and ended about 90 degrees. I logged 17.9 miles, 5348 feet of ascent; it took me 7 hours, 23 minutes.

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5 days ago

Great hike. my tracker clocked 6.86 miles. that last push to the top was challenging, but the view at the top was amazing. there's a box with note pad you can sign and someone made a little poster you can use to take pics with. went on a Thursday, not a lot of traffic up there.

Wow. What an incredible hike. My friends and I did this 17mi trail as an overnight. Really epic views, great trails (for the most part) and a hike that you will earn. we did 10 mi the first day, starting from lower bristlecone and then 7 the next to Bonanza trail head in cold creek. This requires a shuttle setup so plan accordingly.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike. Can be very challenging if you’re pushing yourself at a decent pace. Lots of opportunities for great views. Definitely a great hike for summer.

I would say it’s easy-moderate. Very nice views!

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rocky
9 days ago

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rocky
scramble
9 days ago

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off trail
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

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off trail
washed out
12 days ago

Honestly I would’ve given it a five for the view at the top. But I gave it a one because of several reasons. Unlike Arizona the forestry service in Nevada does not do any service for the safety for the participants. Our service in Arizona has excellent marking for the true trail and hopes to hurt people of the false trails. Whether it’s a reflection or a yellow marker on a rock. We fell off the trail went on a false nearly feel down the whole mountain because of the lack of visualization. While we were there half of those other people got off the main trail the same way. I’ve hiked all over the nation and world and would give it a five but again through the safety content of this trail is risky at most especially around mile to 2 1/2. Summit is priceless but it’s not worth it if you were a novice or even a advanced hiker it’s not familiar with the trail.

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blowdown
off trail
rocky
13 days ago

I went up the south side and down the north. The north was definitely more exposed and wild feeling. Lots of places where one slip could lead to falling off the mountain. Definitely wouldn’t want to do in bad weather, fog, dark, or snow. Bring lots of water and sun protection, it’s super exposed most of the way. I took my dog and while it was a long day for her, she did great. We took 5L of water and were dry by the end. Definitely recommend doing this as a loop so you see different views on the way up and the way down! I clocked 27km total for the loop and 10.5 hours total (with 2,5 hours of stops along the way).

Great hike! The first bit of switchbacks up to the saddle is kinda a grind, but the meadow after that is beautiful. It flattens out and passes through a gorgeous burn area. The ridge to the summit is exposed if you take the upper trail that cuts up to the right where it splits (but saves you having to go down and then back up). Windy at top, being a jacket. And lots and lots of water! I brought 5L for me and my dog and we were empty by the end. Took me 10.5hrs round trip (I went down the north side), and that’s with 2.5 hours of stops along the way. Highly recommend doing this as a loop if you can! Up south, down north. Its about the same distance as going up and down the south (I think it’s actually shorter!). It’s about a mile road walk back to your car at the end (or you can hitch a ride since it puts you out at trail canyon parking area). The north side is very different from south - more exposed and feels much more wild. Sweeping views the whole way. And wayyyy better than going back down the way you came!

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scramble
13 days ago

Mt. Charleston North to South. 18 miles including a road walk at the South trail finish back to the vehicle at the North trailhead.

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rocky
scramble
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail. Second half is moderately strenuous with countless switchbacks. Trail has washed out in quite a few spots, made me a little nervous going up and down with my 5 and 7 year old. We were excited to see water in the falls at the end. One real bummer - disappointed in the amount of dog poop left right on the trail, some of it even bagged and left for who knows. Gross

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