Explore the most popular hiking trails in Mt. Charleston Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A very long, difficult 18 mile one way trail (including the Bristle Cone section). Much harder than i thought it would be, due to the never-ending climbs and steep drop-offs and very high narrow/washed out loose shale trails. For those who are afraid of heights like me, about 30% of accomplishing this adventure is full of anxiety, very tense, and slow moving. We started hiking at 8:30. One team started at Cold Creek, the other at Lee Canyon. Met in the middle for key swap. We are all experienced long distance hikers, and this trail took us much longer than an average long trail due to the unrelenting ascents in both directions (and slow pace for me on the scary parts). We all made it back to our cars between 5:30-6pm. The scenery on this route is superb so it gets a 5 star. But some of it is hard to follow due to wash outs and steep ravines. Be sure to take GPS, maps, and download Alltrails on your cell! No time for long breaks, for the sun will be setting before you know it. Take a flash light and warm clothing just in case!

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.

Awesome views

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.

9 days ago

This is the easiest of the higher peaks to climb at Mount Charleston. I love it because it’s unmarked and most people don’t know where the turnoff from the North Loop is. Very peaceful. I’ve climbed it 3 times this summer. Only saw one person, one time at 7am in June. I’m an early hiker, usually starting at sunrise.

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

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12 days ago

Yeah if you rank this trail a 3/5 you're either drunk or stupid.

19 days ago

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

21 days ago

Very nice trail. I only say 4 because this was my first hiking trip and I suspect there are other really great trails.

It was very easy to follow and the view was amazing but there were some areas that were very loose gravel on a steep incline which made going up and coming down difficult.

Even in the middle of the desert the temperature (75) and low humidity were perfect for an out-of-shape person like myself.

I would definitely take this hike again.

Beautiful hike - fun with some scrambling over rocks Easy, not difficult or too steep. Beautiful views and lightly trafficked.

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


Touch climb, but if you can stay determined and reach the top, you'll be grateful that you did. Gorgeous views and photo opportunities.

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

Gorgeous Charley route. On caution—all 4 of us in our group got readings of 18 miles for this loop, not 15. Bring extra water!

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.

A bit challenging for starters but the views is worth the effort.

Hiked in late August 2018, connecting the North and South loops to make it a proper loop and get more scenery (GPS track said 18.2 miles total). Connecting North and South requires walking about a mile through town at the end, but I think very worth it (didn't find an AllTrails page just for that exact route, but started with the North trail described here). Started ~7am, took 9 hours total / ~2mph. Under 30, relatively fit but no elite athlete, found the elevation more challenging than the distance coming from sea level. Carried 3L of water, could have use a little bit more.

Views are stunning, and having connected the two loops I'd circled the entire canyon by the end of it. Highly recommend.

Whoever said you can’t get lost, hasn’t met me yet. We got lost, ended up scrambling up a rocky hillside that was nearly vertical to get back to the trail. The views were incredible! The waterfall is small but beautiful. We went early and there were still a lot of people. All in all, a beautiful hike, definitely moderate trail. We will hike it again one day but stay on the trail the next time!!

I love this hike because it is mostly moderate if you pace yourself. It does have slot of switchbacks. I love the view from the falls. It’s s great place to rest before your descend.

This was a nice, moderately easy, trail to take some visitors to for a little hike. They aren't used to the elevation and don't generally hike, so this was a good trail with beautiful scenery. Definitely recommend.

It’s a good trail. Switchback hell towards the end, but worth it.

This is a very grueling trail. Not super long, but if you are not in shape, you will be hurting.

Beautiful views from the falls.

1 month ago

Love this trail *****

1 month ago

Nice peaceful relatively easy hike. Good intermittent shade for a break when needed. Decent views up and back. Our route measured 3.6 miles. I think we went a little further and a little higher.

Great hike....

Did this trail "on accident" yesterday (was heading for the falls whose trailhead is on the other end of the parking lot). Strenuous 2 mile all-uphill climb rewarded by amazing views, ending per se at a junction for those not too exhausted to continue on to the Cave Spring or North Loop trails!

1 month ago

This was a good little hike for beginners. There a lot of younger hikers on the trail witch explains the amount of graffiti and garbage left up and down the pathes. Its best to stay on the trail to maintain the integrity of the adventure. Erosion it destroying the trail dew to off trail hiking. We still enjoyed the deer, chipmunks and occasional bird. I will do this again with our young kids.

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