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Bonanza Trail (Spring Mountains Divide Trail)

HARD 8 reviews

Bonanza Trail (Spring Mountains Divide Trail) is a 17.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 17.3 miles Elevation Gain: 4,005 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly


mountain biking

bird watching



wild flowers




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.

Friday, October 19, 2018

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!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

quite, well matained trail to start. got a little hard to follow near the peak but found the log book with no problems. saw little to no wildlife.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Just hiked the lower and upper bristlecone. Upper is awesome. Lower is a little boring. Upper had a slight dusting of snow. In 2016, last year it had over 12 feet of snow at this same time and was inaccessible. Was informed by a mountain biker, if doing the bonanza trail, take personal protection because of mountain lions. It’s probably an over night hike. Just a great hiking destination not far from Vegas.

Monday, July 10, 2017

One of my favorite trails in Mt Charleston area. The best way to do this trail (in my opinion) is from the upper bristlecone trailhead past the ski resort. If you start it from below then you'll have to walk through about 2 miles of gravel. It's tough on the knees and rather than boring. Do it from the upper bristlecone trailhead. I take it up a few miles to the bristlecone forest. It's a good trail if you're training for backpacking. That's what I use it for because it's long enough and high enough to train the legs and lungs on.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Just so people know, there is a trail along the 95 also named Bonanza Trail and is for biking, walking, dogs allowed. It's easy and a great workout. I've walked this trail and saw the listing for the other Bonanza Trail, but checked the map to see they are different.

Friday, July 06, 2018

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