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Cave Spring via Trail Canyon is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Charleston, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 1,981 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

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Michael Virtue
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Hiking

Uphill all the way, not “hard” but definitely works ya. Great hike though. Views were fantastic and the weather was great.

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Lina Valeckaite
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Nature trips

Beautiful hike. Almost all of it was uphill so we took a lot of breaks. It was worth it to check out the caves. Overall it was about 6 miles and it took us around 3 hours.

Lina Valeckaite
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. We started at about 8 in the morning and the weather was perfect. It was all uphill so we took a few breaks. Made it to the top and then decided to check out the caves. It was totally worth it! The hike was about 6 miles and we did it in just a little over 3 hours.

Rob Martin
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Hiking

Up, up, and more up. Great hike, beautiful weather, be ready to work to get up there.

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danny murillos
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awesome shorter hike. All up hill !! rewarding workout. bring plenty of water and start early or you'll get sunburned. the cave is 20 yards from the destination on the map. On the right hand side ! cant miss it. the trail leads to and up hill clime. perfect place to cool off for lunch and a beer!!

Ericka Predmore
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HikingOff trail

so we totally missed the cut off for the end of this hike. The caves are not a destination that you will just run into. Make sure and note your distance once you start the trail that is an off shoot of the trail canyon trail. I will post some pictures to hopefully help future hikers. If you pass the caves the trail will continue onward and upward. We hiked an extra 2 miles to an amazing overlook before meeting other humans who informed us that we had missed the caves. As for parking the lots were all blocked for car entrance by a local police officer but if you continue around the bend on 157 (Kyle canyon) you can park on the side of the road and walk to the trail head about 600 meters (ish) Loads of people on the Mt. but very few on this particular trail. we hiked 8.5 miles and encountered 11 people total.

Ryan Conger
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HikingSnow

This is one of my favorite southern NV hikes, partly because of the epic, panoramic views of the spring mountain range and partly because it is downright grueling work to get to the summit. Right now you can get about 7 miles up until the snow takes over the trail. Although I didn’t make it to the peak, it was another epic day in the Mt. Charleston wilderness. Ps. You have to park in the parking lot on the corner of Echo Rd and Spruce Rd. Highway Patrol and Metro are patrolling, but that’s all they are doing. No one got tickets for parking in an open lot. Have fun fam!

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Joli Irvine
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Hiking

Nice little off shoot hike we took after doing Trail Canyon Trail. No problem with snow. Pretty little cave with spring (partially frozen- but some water is trickling out). Nice to sit up there take a rest and look at the views before heading back down.

Steve Valenzuela
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Hiking

Completed this trail as an off-shoot of the Trail Canyon Trail. Nice cave at the end to sit down and have a little lunch.

Sam Heath
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Hiking

This is a really beautiful trail! Well maintained, wide in many places, good amount of shade throughout (we went midday). And the trail head is easy to find (in the same parking lot as Mary Jane Falls). But be warned, it is also very challenging. It’s completely uphill, though some parts are steeper than others. It also says it’s 4.7 miles, but our phones counted our steps at 7 miles and it definitely felt like it! We went up to the caves, but you could stop about .5 miles earlier at a lookout spot. I think the view at the look out made it 100% worth the uphill hike!

Bree Santiago
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, especially in October when the leaves are orange at the top. It’s definitely a leg workout and uphill the entire way with narrow switchbacks. Also, it’s a bit longer than the length mentioned by AllTrails. While going up we passed right by the caves which will be up a little hill on your right. We ended up hiking towards the peak which is part of the same trail. Brings lots of water and enjoy. Very much worth the challenge.

mathlover8 .
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Hiking

Went Aug. 20, 2019 weather was perfect, after hiking Mary Jane Trail, did Trail Canyon Trail got up to 9600 ft. and had to get back. It was arduous and challenging, but worth the it. Took a little more then 1 liter of water, just enough for that hike. First 1.25 mi. was relatively steep got much easier at the top.

Gustavo Z Iberico
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HikingBlowdownOff trailRocky
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Kelli Mclaughlin
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Hiking

This trail is more like 6 miles out and back, so it’s a long haul up as it’s all uphill. It’s a great workout. Not too crowded. Well marked. If you go right at the top it’s got better views than going left to the cave.

Henry Chyung
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Hiking

Nice, steadily uphill hike with amazing views as you climb. It took 2.5 hours and will definitely be part of the regular rotation for me.

Whitney Strand
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Good hike. Steep rocky uphill. But fun !!

Mike Hulburt
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Hiking

My favorite Mt Charleston trail to jog back down.

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Nelson Yee
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Hiking

I like this trail! Starting out on Trail Canyon Trail, take a left when you get to the top. It is one heck of a climb, but rewarding in its views. The cave is directly above the horse trough. Looks like people have had some fires among the rocks to warm themselves. There were some ice patches, but the footing seems solid on them. On the way back down, I ventured past the end of TCT and hiked up to the 3 nearby overlooks.

Camille McGinnis
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Amazing hike! Beautiful view, very peaceful. I went early in the morning and nobody was there, and when I was coming down I only saw three people (on a tuesday). Definitely a tough incline that wasn’t expected but it made it better once you get to the top! :)

Lori Clodt
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Hiking

Great hike!! A steeper incline than we expected but well worth it! Get ready for some strong cardio and intense lower body workout!

Rachel Prevost
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Hiking

Great uphill climb, gorgeous views, perfect weather. Hike up 2 miles, go left, canyon about a 1/2 mile. Good resting spot. Go back to divide and hike right for another gorgeous view. FYI We got there at 9. Plenty of parking. When we left at 12:30 people were circling for parking. Will do again!

Tina B
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Hiking

This hill is almost completely uphill the entire way. Pros: Very strenuous hike, but worth it to reach the look out point. Views are stunning from there. Cons: The cave is not really a cave at all, and quite disappointing to be honest.

Christine Girard
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Perfect for cardio and leg workout while surrounded by ever chhanging stunning views

Michael Lee
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Very well marked. Cave provides great shade. The last 50 or so feet to the cave is steep and slippery.

H Andress
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Hiking

As others have said, it's a well-defined trail up a beautiful part of the Spring Mountains. I stopped for a break here on my way down from Mummy Mountain. The trail is well used but I've never seen it get "busy" like nearby trails do. The springs are in a nice shady portion of the trail and were still trickling; the water is cool and clear, but you'll probably want to filter it just to be safe.

Rachael Waddle
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Good views. Tough climb the whole time.

Christine Brown
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Great hike. All up hill to the little springs. It's pretty steep and a good leg workout. low traffic, we'll defined trail.

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