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Lower Bristlecone Trail is a 5.8 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.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 816 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking
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Getting There

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

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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Max EG
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike with beautiful views and an easy gravel trail to follow.

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Thomas Fasce
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HikingGreat!

Gorgeous morning for a hike. Real crisp like Fall day. Beautiful scenery.

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Erin Sandoval
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Hiking

Crowded on weekends

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Storm Vollertsen
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HikingGreat!

Very pretty Trail.

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Matt Gulley
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Hiking
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Katelyn Williams
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Hiking

Love this trail. Bring snacks

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Mike Hand
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Walking

Lots of branches, had to watch my phone the whole time.

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Stephanie Ebanks
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HikingBugs

The trail was not as crowded as the upper trail and it made the walk very pleasant. The aspens were beautiful and the sad part is you can see the smoke over the valley. But it was really peaceful.

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Michael Benedict
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Mae SM
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Hiking

Awesome! Beautiful. Fairly easy.

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Kristin Siikavaara
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Cynthia C
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky
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Daniel Hayenga
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Hiking

Lower bristlecone night hike. Full moon provided almost enough light. Some great long exposure photos!!

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JD Sorensen
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Elliott Reed
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Hiking

Beautiful day. Even in the middle of the afternoon the high is only 80°. Trail is very easy to follow. Upper and Lower and both legit!

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Derek Kocvara
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HikingNo shade
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Austin Taylor
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Hiking

Great trail! Relatively easy/moderate trail with nice scenery and shade. Start early in the morning to avoid crowds. I started on the lower loop, then continued onto the bonanza trail before descending upper loop.

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Bonnie Bannigan
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Did lower Bristlecone then came down Upper Bristlecone. Recommend earlier in the morning as it gets really hot walking into the sun with very little shade in first 3 miles. Total 6.2 miles. 1k elevation gain doing the loop from lower to upper.

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Michelle Bruback
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Hiking

Great hike! My fiancé just had gallbladder surgery and this is his first hike back on the trail. We love this trail cause it’s a consistent walk until you meet where the higher bristlecone starts then the real adventure begins. I highly recommend this trail to any hiker (beginner, intermediate, to advanced). But since my fiancé is easing his way back into hiking this was the best trail to start off with.

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Kat Sherlock
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Hiking

So we ended doing the loop which was pretty amazing. I’m not sure why my recording didn’t record all of it. My watch clocked it at 6.32 miles. We started at the lower trail head and came out at the upper trail head where it starts and just walked back down to the parking lot for the lower. Would recommend highly! Absolutely gorgeous out there.

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Eli Zha
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Hiking

We planned to hike just the lower side and ended up doing the upper... I really enjoyed hiking with friends

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Dakota Brown
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Mountain biking

The incline is really nice, really easy to pace yourself. Downhill was super fun. Good combo of fast turns and tech

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Kenda Nayef
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HikingRockySnow

Easy to access and lightly traffic, it was easy to find a parking. A little rocky and not too much shade.

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Franky A
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