Trail Canyon Trail

HARD 92 reviews
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Trail Canyon Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,584 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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The hike starts at Trail Canyon trailhead. The trail weaves through aspens and climbs steadily to the intersection of the North Loop trail. (Two miles from the trailhead.) The North Loop trail heads west traveling through an area destroyed by a fire years ago. In 1.25 miles from the intersection of the two trails, the hike leaves the trail and climbs a steep scree slope. Bristlecone pines, the oldest living tree, are abundant at the top of the scree slope. A faint path heads east and climbs to the west side of Mummy Mountain. The path curves north, becomes easy to follow, and leads to a Class 2 chute. The summit lies at the top of the chute.

hiking
6 days ago

A challenge but the beauty is worth the climb

28 days ago

Feel the burn! This short trail will work your legs and ass in a hurry! Beautiful trail with shade, wildlife and right now, butterflies! It is a tough one so I wouldn’t recommend for a beginner. Take it nice and slow, enjoy the scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

All incline and a great quick workout for the legs and glutes. Very well-maintained and clear trail to the top. About 1.2 miles up there is a nice breezeway. Plenty of shaded areas to stop if you need a break. Once you reach the peak, you can continue another half mile to Cave Springs or another 6 miles to Charleston Peak. You can also head back down to the North Loop Trailhead which is 4 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

VERY pretty, well-marked trail. SO many Aspens here - can't wait to hike this again in the Fall when the Aspens change color!

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout! All incline, all the way. The trail is well defined and easy to follow. Great views from the top and it intersects with other trails. The way down was no easy task. Be ready for a leg workout.

hiking
2 months ago

It’s actually 4.6 miles to the top and back according to my GPS. Tough on the Way up (elevation gain is 1600+ ft.) all incline. Start very early in the day, took me about 3 hours; Start to finish but I took my time and enjoyed the view.

hiking
3 months ago

My favorite hike!

hiking
3 months ago

A decent trail near Mary Jane Falls trail. The beginning of the trail is a easily followed (though constantly ascending) gravel path with little overhead shade and conifer trees. Push past this part and you’ll be rewarded with great views at the top. Overall, not a trail I would take again unless I was going to converge with another trail at the peak.

6 months ago

fantastic trail, be prepared for blustery winds. bring your hiking poles to help with your footing on the loose scree

hiking
7 months ago

Although this hike is only 2 miles one way, it's a rough one if you are inexperienced. The first time I did this hike it felt more like 5 miles not 2. The first part of this hike is extremely gravelly! Wear good shoes! Once your through the gravel the incline continues. I believe it somewhere between. 1,500-2,000' of elevation gain in two miles. Whatever you do DON'T give up! There are plenty of shady spots to rest. Once you make it to the top of Trail Canyon you'll spot a sign for additional trails. If your done, just head up the tiny hill to the right for some amazing views. If you can take a bit more go the extra 1/2 mile up to Cave Springs. There's a cool little seasonal spring! Us desert folks love any sight of water!

9 months ago

This was my first hike EVER and the gal at the visitor center talked me out of an easier, busier trail. I was pleasantly surprised tho! Beautiful views, mostly shaded trail w plenty of places to stop and take a break while ridiculously in shape people run past you

hiking
10 months ago

This is a fairly straightforward straight up hike. Two miles up and a nice plateau. Great views from the plateau the backside of Mummy and the Valley below in the distance to the East. I was a little disappointed that the trail is mostly gravel from the lower section and not many large trees for cover. It did become a better trail further up. This is the same trail that connects to Mummy Springs and North Charleston Loop. So because you can turn it into good adventuresome hikes, I like this trail but I'd probably still start on the other side near highway 158, the cut off road.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice view from the intersection of North Loop / Trail Canyon.

11 months ago

all upgrades but well worth the climb beautiful views.

hiking
11 months ago

The view gets progressively better as you go higher and higher. Motivation to keep climbing.

hiking
11 months ago

Incline from the start and keeps going higher... you'll definitely get winded if you are not in shape.

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Amazing hike, very few people on the trail :)

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Short hike but a decent amount of elevation gain so be prepared for that. This trail connects to a handful of others so it's a great hike to be comfortable with. I would recommend making the short trek up the hill on the right of the sign post to get a better view.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dope

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

I loved this trail. Friends and I meant to hike cathedral rock but with it being closed we came here instead. The view at the top is amazing. I didn't find it "hard" but maybe it is labeled that because of the distance. I plan on taking my kids back to hike this trail.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Good trail to take family and friends. You can even ride your bike if you don't want to walk it.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hard but rewarding

hiking
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

This was very strenuous. Hard for inexperienced hikers but well worth the climb for the view. i would say best times to go are march-june and sept-nov.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Beautiful, snow was easy to get through, layer up

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

It is a beautiful hike, kind of difficult but so worth it. The view is amazing.

hiking
Saturday, August 01, 2015

This is a difficult trial. Not for the inexperienced or out of shape! I started from the Trial Canyon trailhead and turned left at the junction of North Loop and had fantastic views of Mount Charleston and Kyle Canyon the whole way. The first few miles are on a well traveled trail that is doable for anyone who can handle some elevation. The hard part comes when you turn right (up) off of the North Loop trail and begin the ascent on deep, loose gravel. It is marked rather crudely...a large M carved into a tree, so it can be easy to pass. After completing the gravel terrain park the "trail" can get a bit tricky to follow as the rains cover things easily since this part is not popularly traveled. There is a small scrambling section and then you have basically reached the summit. This is the best part! The 360° views are a blessing and the body of the mummy offers a relatively flat reprieve and cool temps, great place for lunch. This trail requires good shoes, knees, balance, altitude tolerance, endurance, and companionship (but not dogs once on the Mummy portion). BRING PLENTY OF WATER AND FOOD AND CHECK FOR TICKS.

hiking
Friday, June 26, 2015

This is a gorgeous trail. Rigorous for inexperienced climbers or young kids but the view is worth it in the end. It intersects with the north loop and is also part of deer creek trail.

hiking
Monday, February 09, 2015

love this trail pretty strenuous 2 miles to the junction to the north loop or 6 more miles to charleston peak...have hiked this 4 or 5 times and great view of mummy mountain when you arrive at the junction....not crowded but not secluded by any means....this is the way to go for a great strenuous but not overbearing way to get to charleston peak.....

nature trips
Monday, October 27, 2014

Ok, I just looked at this one on our honey moon and decided not for me. Nice drive up though!

hiking
Monday, August 11, 2014

Bring your "A", "B", and "C" game for this hike! The view is totally worth the hard work...I had to add more pictures to this trail. I would love to keep this a hidden trail, but I dont see people doing this more than once a year. You gain about 3,000ft in elevation, its about 10 miles in and back. We took Raintree and Mummy Springs then just kept going, up and up! There is a place where you can go left towards Mummy Toe (that will be another day) but to make it to the summit follow the trail. Lots of little rock pills but its still hard to follow the trail at times due to rain. When you reach the wash or the scree chute as birdandhike.com (which I recommend to follow) call it, try and follow the green arrow picture I posted that curves left then right, when you turn right it looks a lot harder than what it really is, keep going! I dont recommend this hike to anyone with knee or ankle problems, also hiking shoes are a MUST. This trail shows dog friendly, however, as a dog owner I DONT recommend this for dogs past mummy springs. The view is amazing and the feeling of accomplishment is indescribable. Just make sure and start early. Have fun!

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