Big Falls Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Charleston, Nevada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 928 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

views

waterfall

rocky

scramble

snow

NOTE: As of April 2020, parking lot to the trailhead is closed. Please check the park website for more information. Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the dry creek bed can be tricky to navigate without it.

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

This became one of my favorite trails. It can be difficult but definitely worth it at the end. Glad to see it’s been kept clean!!

rocky
scramble
3 days ago

It is easy hike but definitely technical. You can easily get lost because there are a ton of sketchy trails leading towards the upper falls. Wear shoes that is good with loose gravel, sand and rocks. Use your butt if you have to. Low and slow is safe. I recommend this with people who are experienced hikers.

hiking
3 days ago

You can walk behind the falls! It's worth to hike!

recorded Big Falls Trail

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

My kids (8 and 11) and I didn’t quite make it to the waterfall but we were able to see it from a distance. The map was very handy but we still ended up having to back track a few times. We did about 2 miles and were still about 1/2 mile from the waterfall when they wanted to turn back. The hike back was super easy and the trail was much easier to follow. Now that we have a better idea of where to go, they want to try again next week. This area is very busy even on weekdays right now. The parking lot was nearly empty when we arrived at 7 but packed when we left at noon.

hiking
4 days ago

This trail was really nice! The highlight of course is the waterfall at the end! It was hard to locate trail at first but you’re basically going up the wash. You have to turn left almost immediately after starting at Mary Jane trailhead. There’s a break in the rock line that kind of helps show where to break off. Good luck! Worth the hike if you can find the trail

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

A get away from the crowded Mary Jane Falls next-door. Multiple paths lead to the falls but the best one to follow is the wash since you are not trampling vegetation. Park at or near the Mary Jane Falls trailhead and make a right near the first switchback. The area close to the falls is cold, so bring a sweatshirt. Follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen for video of this hike and find more fun adventures in the area :)

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Totally enjoyed this one. Uphill for the first 0.8 on easy rock path, then left when you hit Mary Jane Falls trail veering to the right. Follow all trails but after you get past a cluster of aspens and you are staring at a rocky wash or an unmarked path to the left - go left. Posted a picture where you go left.... Most of the way from there you are scrambling uphill in a rock wash moderate but some areas are difficult. It says you can take your dog. Unless your dog is a mountain goat, I would leave it at home or turn around at the 1.1M mark. Went at 5:30 and had plenty of light left- the return is simple and took about 1/3 what going up took. Great payoff at the end- the falls are still flowing keep following the stream until you get there. Worth it.

5 days ago

super beautiful waterfall!!

hiking
6 days ago

Loved this hike kind of hard to find the trail. We took our dog and she loved playing in the water. I will say going in May the water was still chilly.

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

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no shade
rocky
7 days ago

Nice trail, but ultimately you are hiking up a rocky wash 90% of the time. All in all, if you are in shape and actually like hiking, it's a good trail. I saw people try to bring their kids and fail and a few who gave up. the closer you get to the falls the more rocky it gets, and you have to scramble around. the water fall was still flowing as of 05/26/20. a lot of people (myself included, but its my own fault) got "lost" along the way, just stay on the wash and eventually it will fork left, and youll be alright. Here's a link to a short, little video i made about the hike: https://youtu.be/-3QFmWwKdWk happy trails

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

We did this hike with a 3 and 4 year old. I do not recommend doing this with smaller kids without a baby carrier or hiking carrier for them. At the end you will need both hands to climb the rocks. The waterfall is beautiful but its a long hike for the little ones. Took about 3 hours moving at our kids pace.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Beautiful waterfall at the end, not too crowded because not too many people wanted to hike over the rocks. The waterfall is worth the hike.

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off trail
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Definitely a must while the waterfall is there. still was nice flow in last week may . Trail does get faint at times stay close to the river bed if You lose trail for a minute as it leads you to area . Stay to the left on last leg of trip where you will see some big rock steps up and then once you get past that , the big rocks and logs are easy to cross back and forth to get to final destination . Hiking stick helps on the way down as some parts a little slippery and big steps

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
8 days ago

So much fun! The hike up is the hardest part but by far so worth it! The water fall was immaculate! There was still some snow patches when i went but you could still feel the heat come down on you from our lovely sun lol

rock climbing
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

hiking
rocky
9 days ago

Love this trail! Emptier than Mary Jane falls but still easy! Did 2 hours round trip w/ a bit of relaxing at the end. Once you get to the river bed follow it up until you see the trail again! Will do again soon

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