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.

Length5.8 miElevation gain816 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingHorseback ridingMountain biking
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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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Xiaomei Ning
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Hiking

Hiked on February 13th, started hiking nice weather, trail is fully covered with snow, it was nice hike although couldn't make loop due to lost tracking on trail, it is very scenery

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Kevin Garcia
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SnowshoeingIcySnow

Beautiful nighttime trail. The views of the cosmos is what brought me to this wonderful trail.

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DreDD TreK
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Purdy.

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Cindy van der Velde-Cockrell
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The snow was fresh and deep, we used snowshoes and it was still strenuous. In general we had a lot of fun though!

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Eric Simmons
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Kim Trenton
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Hiking

Great trail. Forest road. Fantastic views.

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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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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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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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NoSpam NoSpam
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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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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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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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