Echo Overlook Trail

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Echo Overlook Trail is a 3.7 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, nature trips, bird watching, and horses and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,417 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Even though this is a strenuous hike due to the steep switchbacks and elevation gain, it is a beautiful trail from the very beginning. The fall colors are magnificent, but this is a great way to escape the summer heat because you are under trees the entire time. Aspens, cottonwoods and pines fill the avalanche chute at eye level, while brilliantly colored wildflowers and lush green grasses cover the soil. Look for the large cave in the cliffs on your L as you cross back and forth across the side canyon, up the steep stone steps (do NOT take the gravel road to the L), and up the E side of the avalanche chute, climbing rapidly towards Echo Cliffs. The slopes are generously covered with more flowers (lots of dark purples & brilliant red paintbrush), and you'll soon hear/see the water flowing down the falls/ledges back in the canyon toward the knob below Griffith Peak. The overlook is a great place to stop, relax, lunch, etc. but be very careful near the edge.

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15 days ago

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rocky
4 months ago

Still a bit of snow when you descend on the north side, but nothing too bad.

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Mon Sep 24 2018

This is great trail with beautiful views. The leaves were just starting to change and there was so much to see and take pictures of along the way. Next time I plan to keep going all the up to Griffith peak!

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Fri Jul 20 2018

Led a group of co-workers for a little fun weekend outing; all skill- and endurance levels were represented, and we all got up to the top just fine. The trail gets busy and some parts are in open sun, so I recommend an early start. It's a beautiful trail with a great viewpoint.

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Sat Jun 23 2018

Great place to get away from hot heat on moderately hard switchbacks good pay off

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Mon Dec 11 2017

Did this trail with my wife and dog took about 3hrs to complete stopping often for pictures. This is a beautiful hike and fantastic way to get out of the city!

Tue Sep 05 2017

I started on Echo then turned to the right and ended up at Little Falls. I want to go back and finish Echo and get to the overlook.

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Mon Aug 28 2017

Lots of switchbacks with a great view at the top.

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Sat Feb 13 2016

Extreme Trail, but loved it. Does take time to reach the overlook and back as the trail does not loop, so give yourself at least a 1.5 hours, to make your way back, depending on your fitness level, as you don't want to be making your way back in the dark on this trail. I always see Mule Deer on this hike, as long as you are not too loud, as they spook easily. Well maintained trail.

Mon Jul 28 2014

Currently closed due to fire damage.

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Fri May 03 2013

You start out near a creek bed and start heading toward Cathedral Rock. A little bit up and down for the first 2 miles. Then you start swinging around the east side of Cathedral and through the construction area (this is really going to be beautiful when its done but pay attention to the signs on the way). About 3 miles in, you run into the switchbacks which are opposite the giant cliff face (can't miss it, just look up). The switchbacks gain you elevation quickly and the last long run (about .2 miles) takes you right into the over look. There used to be a giant log up there but today (5/2/13) it was gone (think someone used it for firewood) but there was a new fire pit built under a tree........

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