Lower Bristlecone Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Lower Bristlecone Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
882 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

horseback riding

Directions from Las Vegas: Take State Route 156 south to where it ends in the upper parking lot of Lee Canyon Ski Area. The trail is located to the left, at the end of the parking lot.

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12 days ago

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24 days ago

mountain biking
25 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Hiked this on July 4th with my husband and my dog. It was fairly easy for me, it was uphill almost the whole way but it was a very slow incline. I wouldn't consider myself in shape and I didn't haven any issues. The trail is wide enough for a car the entire time which makes passing nice. The views were awesome. It was fairly quiet and cool temperatures even during the summer. I will definitely go back.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on this hike in June and started the hike at 8 am. Excellent views and peaceful walk. It was not crowded at all yet. I recommend that if you only want to hike half the trail then start from the Upper trailhead then turn back when you want, but if you want to do the entire loop then I suggest starting from the Lower Trailhead. There are websites out there that explain why but trust me it makes for a better hiking experience. Our favorite thing to do is take cold watermelon with us on a hike and eat it at the top of a loop or before we turn around to trailhead. Very refreshing on a hot day.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

It's mostly a two track/jeep trail. Not too strenuous but decent climb. Only a handful of folks out there.

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2 months ago

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9 months ago

mountain biking
11 months ago

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Just hiked this on Thursday (5/5) and it was 99% clear all the way to the Bonanza Trail connection. The upper trail was still under too much snow for me, though clearly marked by an adventurous snowshoe-er. The climb was easy and views were magnificent.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

I just went on April 25th. When we showed up to the trailhead, we encountered and 1/2 foot of snow and it began to snow on us while we were there. Needless to say, we didn't get to take the trail, but we enjoyed the scenery.

Sunday, March 27, 2016