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Pinyon to Sawmill Loop is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Charleston, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 436 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

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Favorite secluded horse trail for easy escape from heat, nice for young horses This trail was built by volunteer horse owners/riders/groups from Las Vegas about a decade ago. Same with the rest of most of the trails that begin from Blue Tree Campground (primitive and wilderness area). Although bicycles, hikers and dogs are allowed on these trails at the present time, it is rare to see anyone that isn't on horseback. Be very careful to stay on the path and not bush whack -- a local black powder club holds their monthly shoots at Blue Tree. If you leave the piece of cake trail and follow the wash, you will come to an impasse as the canyon narrows -- backtrack and follow the path up the steep slope (can be loose soil & very rough) -- leave plenty of room between horses here. Bicycles should resist the temptation to cut around the trail -- this is a TOUGH trail for bicycles. If you find yourself following the wash bed, you're off the trail. The only place this trail follows the wash is at the base of the lower trailhead. Lots of trees & game.

USFS - Humboldt-Toiyabe NF, Spring Mtns NRA (702) 515-5400, emerg (702) 872-5306

I-15 N from Las Vegas to 95 N towards Reno, W on SR 156 (Lee Canyon), head W approx.12.2 mi. to SMALL wood sign "Blue Tree" on R side of road, along with dirt drive. This is Blue Tree CG & you can camp or park horse trailers here. Note that horse trailers should turn L at the first main gravel road inside the camp area; the roads in the back (N) are too steep and narrow for trailers. The SIGNED trailhead is located 1/3 mile W the Blue Tree turnoff (sign) on the L or S side of SR 156. Cars and bicyclists usually prefer to park in the large, open quarry parking on R or N side of SR 156 across from lower trailhead, 2 mi. BEFORE you reach Blue Tree. This Blue Tree area is a MAJOR trailhead, campground & staging area for horse back riders and groups so please be considerate of spooky horses and the larger parking areas needed by trucks & trailers.

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Bob Falci
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Deanna DeSimone
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Hiking

Wonderful hike! Last little bit is through a campground, I would cut through the trail that goes through the middle of this loop next time.

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Amanda Pezzullo
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Hiking

We went clockwise and the trees gave a nice “shade” to begin with. The end portion of the trail is a trail road that cars can drive on that are camping in the area. If it’s a sunny day, I’d recommend going counterclockwise to start with the sun and end in the tree coverage. Not that big of deal though.

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Russell Irwin
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Hiking

good trail except the end that cuts through the group camp. this trail is no longer closed. Had 5 teenagers with us and it went well. Good hike for the pups as well.

AllTrails User
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Hiking

On the way back I would take the trail that heads off toward the woods. The trail on this map goes down a road which is boring at the end.

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Jess T.
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Went up on 04/28/2020 and the entrance to the parking lot was closed. Park rangers are supposedly giving out $300-$500 tickets to cars parked on the side of the road so I wouldn’t risk it. Really nice trail when it is open though!

Heather Smith
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Tracy Braun
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Erin S.
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Allison Harrje
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not exactly sure how to follow the recommended trail. everything washed out with very few signs. we ended up cutting into a smaller trail that was easier to follow

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Taylor Pfatenhauer
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Hiking

Great views at the top - you can see for miles. If you do this hike counter-clockwise, you start on a road a walk the dirt road for a ways. I needed the map to show me which road to be on as there are many campsite and roads coming off of the road you walk on. The rest of the hike is on trails that are well established and maintained but you may still need the map as there are many trails that intersect.

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Alan Bernhard
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Mountain biking

Nice short loop

Elaine McPherson
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Nature trips
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I personally love this trail but the section of trail that is actually "Mark's piece of Cake" should be crossed with caution. There is a good dropoff to the right into a rock crevice and nothing to stop you if you or your horse slip, personally we get off and walk our horses down. Beautiful views, just need to go slowly and not tailgate each other. We did this section as the lead in into the Lower Deer Creek Loop which is 20 miles. Bikes are allowed on this trail which is why I highly recommend walking down this section, if you and your horse met one it could be disastrous if mounted.

Ben Harris
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Deanna DeSimone
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Schatzie L
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Daniel Parker
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Dustin Carver
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Mackaylin Larsen
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Lindsey Walters
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John Pezzullo
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Erin S.
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Kathryn S.
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Hernan Farias
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Tasha Delpozo
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Lance Salazar
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Nadine Bla
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Betty Bordelois
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