Charlie's Spring Loop is a 6.9 mile loop trail located near Overton, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.9 miElevation gain456 ftRoute typeLoop
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This is a hike to a spring that has water year round. The spring seeps out of the ground and runs in a small stream through some grasses that result from this water in an otherwise dry area. There are numerous cat tails and tamarisk. There is evidence of recent rains bringing down mud and gravel when the water ran quickly down the wash to the east. Park at an area across from the trailhead. There is room for a few cars before you would block off the entrance to this employee only area. From here, walk across the road and start down the trail that goes below the John Clark Memorial to a man who died here in June of 1915. There's an interpretive marker along the Valley of Fire Road designated SR 169. The hike continues down the wash for about 2.75 miles to the spring. Near the spring, there are some interesting falls to climb down (2nd class at most), and the sandstone geology is gorgeous. You can imagine filming a movie in this wash. Continuing down the wash from the spring which goes on for quite a distance, you come to a power line road that comes in from your right, goes down the wash, and then goes to the left and out of the wash. Take the left turn and hike to the top of the hill. Follow the power line road until you get to the next wash heading west, northwest. Follow this wash staying to the left at most junctions with side washes. Eventually, you'll approach a tall sandstone outcrop. You need to get north of this outcrop. You can either climb up and over and then north, or you can go north at the opportunity that looks best for you. Whatever route you follow, you are merely going cross country. There is no trail. Eventually, you come out on the Valley of Fire Highway near the east entrance and very close to Elephant Rock. Take the highway west to return to your car. On the way back, look at the Arrowhead Highway historic marker and read the interpretive marker for the John Clark story as you gaze across the wash and see the memorial with its white cross on top.

This hike has almost no shade at all. Bring plenty of water. Wear sunscreen. Do the hike in cooler months, not in July! Cell phone coverage is non-existent in Valley of Fire.

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Dylan Conroy
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Brian boring rules this area

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Michael Barrett
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The trailhead marker says the trail ends at the spring for a reason. There is a lot of sand walking. This app was horrible at creating a path. One time it leads out of the State Park boundary and meanders around. I received three off trail alerts and lost half my phone battery looking at the path instead of the scenery. This app even has you walking on the highway against traffic. Turn around at the spring. The verified badge isn’t worth it. I did think the spring was nice.

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Drew Kaufmann
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This hike is OK. Be prepared to walk through a lot of very soft sand. I'm not sure what I was expecting but I basically walked passed the 'springs' expecting something bigger. Just like the description says, you need to look out for the vegetation. When the trail drops off into a canyon-like area, if you stay to the left, you will see marker with an easy path to follow.

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Sue Kurhts
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Abbi MorQ
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Did this partially because I’ve already done other two trails and the heat. It was a good easy hike. The red are kind was incredible. Quiet. I didn’t see anyone in this trail. Entrance was empty and you pay on your own (coming from East).

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Ashley Gurganus
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Slightly boring for the first bit. It does get more scenic and fun about two miles in though. You just follow the wash so the terrain is very sandy and a bit difficult to walk in. Right now the wash is almost dried up with the exception of some small puddles filled with tadpoles. No crowds! I didn’t pass a single other person. Almost zero shade tho so guessing this one isn’t too good for any time past April.

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Joseph Crowell
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Nice walk with great views of the surrounding rock formations. Wear high top hiking shoes to keep the sand at bay. It was very much like walking a sandy beach for five miles. Be sure to get off trail a little and explore the rocks.....they are amazing.

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Joshua Prince
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Great walk. Primarily flat until an ascent just before completion. Great terrain for the dogs. No thorns. Awesome views. We went on a beautiful day In March and saw zero other people. Highly recommend!

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Emily Arriviello
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So much fun. I brought my dog and she had too much fun playing around in the mud/sand. It’s an easy hike and not very populated. I went on a Saturday morning and didn’t see one person for miles. If you get back to your car and wanna keep going, there’s another trail with some cool arches. Edit: only go when it’s rained the sand is rough!

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Evy Purinton Beneda
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As other reviewers mentioned - last third is not any sort of trail - choose your own adventure following the map. Be sure to download it before you go out. No cell service. Wonderful hike because of the awesome springs and challenge of finding way home. But first 2/3 are very sandy...feels as if walking in place for miles. And I’d say closer to 7.5-8 rather than 6.7. Wished I’d tracked it to be sure.

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Glynn Culver
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Not a single marker and no evidence of a trail in the final third. Be sure full map downloads before you go. No cell service. It’s a sandy wash walk for the first half. Second half is trying to figure out how to get home. An adventure, not a trail.

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Glynn Culver
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This is where I learned to download map layers. Lost cell service 1/3 into the hike. Trail not marked.

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Madrone Ruggiero
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No trail markings beyond the trailhead. Follow the wash. Went down to the springs and back. Lucy's warblers seen in several locations. A few forbs and shrubs still blooming and saw several lizards.

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MeLany Castillo
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Toooooo

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David Warren
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It was a nice hike down the wash. Spring water coming out the ground several places down the wash. It was a little warmer then we was expecting and should have had more water. It would have been better if we could have started early in the morning. 11:00am was to late to start. All trails stops there recorded trail about a mile before you get back to the road at the east entrance. So don't expect any trail guidance at that point. You are pretty much on your own. Just head northwest and you will come to the road at the east entrance.

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Kevin MacRae
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Tried this w/o AllTrails map, just using Park map and info. A nice, private, relatively flat, wash hike with some short sections of slot canyons. Easy to follow wash, but no signage, and without any detailed map we walked all the way to Northshore Rd. Having no markers for the loop out to Elephant Rock we just did an out and back. It had rained that morning the surface was a bit firmer, everything was greener, flowers were blooming. One small drawback - lots of horse poop, or it would have been 5 stars.

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Paul kuvelis
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Nice loop. The dry fall was beautiful. The spring had more flow then I would have expected this late in the year. Overall a nice chill hike.

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Ed Patriarca
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Cool trail down a wash. Didnt see a single soul, and while only a couple of miles from my car it felt so desolate. Really cool experience.

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Simon Suh
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I like this trail. It's an easy walk most of the way. there are a couple boulders you have to climb around.

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Alex S
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Dave Haller
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Drew Kaufmann
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Harrys Pereira
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Ashley Gurganus
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Paul kuvelis
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Linsey Belisle
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Christian Castillo
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