Raintree Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily 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 and horses and is best used from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length5.3 miElevation gain1,833 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Steep switchbacks and the altitude will test your endurance on this hike. Views of surrounding peaks and valleys should make it worth while. If the views don't impress you, perhaps the magical feeling of walking underneath the Bristlecone Pines will. If you travel quietly (sunrise or sunset), you could see deer, and perhaps mountain lion tracks. If there has been snow, the trail may be impassable, even through May. The trail is extremely well marked and easy to follow -- just keep climbing. Downhill is a breeze. Once you're at Raintree, it's only 1/3 mile to Mummy Springs (trailhead/sign at Raintree).

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

I-15 N from Las Vegas to 95 N towards Reno, W on SR 157 (Mt. Charleston - Kyle Canyon) to SR 158 (Deer Springs Rd.), 4 miles to turnout and trailhead on L (W) side of hwy., (past Hilltop Campground). Raintree (the Bristlecone Pine, oldest living thing in Nevada) is located at the trailhead to Mummy Spring, along the North Loop Trail. The hike to Raintree described herein is only a portion of the North Loop trail, and can also be reached via the Trail Canyon trail to Mummy Springs. If you are taking horses/mules on this trail, you'd be better off parking your truck/trailer at the archery range parking (N of trailhead, on SR 158); or even in Lee Canyon (beware of crossing the hwy on horseback, drivers don't pay attention because of the magnificent view). There is also a nearby wild horse trail coming from Deer Creek which somewhat parallels and meets the North Loop trail. You'll know when you reach Raintree -- it is the largest Bristlecone around and is well-signed.

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Michael Virtue
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Nice Little tough uphiller to knock the rust off. 4/14/21 Trail wasn’t passable near the end because of snow, some foot paths in the snow but they are off trail and it was almost waist deep in some spots and I’m 6’4” so tread carefully

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Leslie Schilling
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Up hill for 3 miles but beautiful.

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Robert Casagrande
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The trailhead for the most part is dry up to the saddle. Trail has some snow and sloppy conditions max 16 feet -25 long. If you walk along the sides you bypassed most of the snow. Would of hiked to Raintree, had time restrictions needed to get back to go to the game tonight Go Knights Go! Always a good hike!

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Travis H
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Did the raintree hike Easter Sunday. Beautiful conditions. patchy snow and a little mud but 100% doable.

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praneeth reddy
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Hike is pretty awesome! Did it on 3/20 and it's still snowy and definitely need crampons. For us once we finished 3 miles winds got super heavy and we had turn back...Layer up and enjoy the Hike

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Laura Crankshaw
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Beautiful sunny day, great trail. Still quite a bit of snow on the trail, the snow got too deep to continue to Rain Tree, so didn't make it the whole way. But great work out and beautiful views!

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Jonathan Pratt
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Great snow! Make sure you have crampons, or snow shoes. Give it another week or so, and the dirt will be visible again.

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D A
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Carlos Barreras
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Soooo close to the peak! Make sure you come earlier than you think! I didn't plan my time well enough and it started to get too dark before I got to the peak.

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Patti Oya
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Cher Bear
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Marilyn Prosser
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Mike D
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Ice and snow in spots on trail. Temp 32-40. Great day no wind and sunny.

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Jordan Gilstrap
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Lauren Oliva
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very difficult but great surroundings. definitely rewarding

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Kenneth Poreda
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it was cold and windy

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Katerina Savelieva
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Great trail and we kept going to continue to Trail Canyon Junction which is a very picturesque 1.3 mile (one-way) trail along the side of the mountain at the elevation near 9,000 ft with lots of great views and definitely worth taking once you made it all the way up there

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Turkey Red
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Trail is well maintained and easy to follow most of the time. We hiked after a snowfall and in some areas it was hard to find the trail. Some tree markings would be great out here in the winter months. Theres some wildlife and amazing views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. hiked on Nov 14, 2020. 41* blustery winds.

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Izzy M
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Pretty trail! Saw a few blue birds. Raintree is as majestic as it sounds.

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Louise Miller
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Good hike.

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Kris Condrey
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Jim Clinton
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Nice easy trail to walk on. Some borders towards the end. The water was still flowing in late October.

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Sarah B
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If you follow the heavily trafficked trail you won't go wrong...had my GPS o. just in case. A bit of a climb but beautiful views. No more fall colors now.

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Gary Batongbacal
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Terri K
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There’s a portion of the trail close to Raintree where the red line of the map doesn’t follow the actual trail. It was just over 6 miles which is close to a mile longer than the map. The trail is easy to follow with gorgeous views. We even saw 3 deer quite close.

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