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Trail Canyon Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Charleston, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, 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 3.9 mi Elevation gain 1,574 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Getting There

NOTE: The parking lot to Trail Canyon and Mary Jane Falls is closed off during the winter. 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.

Nevada Commission on Tourism, 401 N. Carson Street , Carson City, NV, 89701

Directions from Las Vegas: Travel north on U.S. Highway 95, then take State Route 157 west. Travel 2.1 miles west of the ranger station on state highway 157. When the highway curves left, keep going straight onto Echo Road. After traveling .35 mile, turn right at the fork, remaining on Echo Road. Continue a short distance further until it makes a right U-turn, becoming Crestview Drive. The trailhead and parking area are located on the left side of the curve.

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Michael Virtue
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Hiking

Uphill all the way, not “hard” but definitely works ya. Great hike though. Views were fantastic and the weather was great.

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Ashley Nguyen
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Hiking

Make sure you get to the top of “the saddle” to get the best view in Mount Charleston! Absolutely beautiful hike and was mostly in the shade. This trail has a steep incline. So make sure you’re wearing proper gear and taking as many breaks as needed.

Ali Babs
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HikingRocky

Awesome trail ! Pretty much uphill the whole way but doable just take some breaks and practice self care the elevation is what makes it difficult . No real exposure but you get the quick elevation gain that makes you feel truly alive . From the saddle I went left to Stanley springs and cave which is a half mile each way and then went back to the saddle and then almost made it to rain tree before deciding to play it safe with the rain . Beautiful !

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Daniel Jeffrey McGuire
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, but the climb is definitely a beast if you're not ready for it. Keep in mind the altitude here, and pace yourself if your not used to hard hikes. The views are incredible and definitely worth it. I took a lot of time on this hike taking pictures and just enjoying the forest and mountains.

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lauren oliver
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Hiking

Challenging trail with nice views and a little bit of a spring at the end. The first 3 miles are very steep gravel trail. After making it to the first peak, the hike is very enjoyable. Our garmin watches measured 9.1 miles, and took us (two adults and a labrador) 4.5 hours including breaks. Dog friendly trail as long as your dog is in shape and enjoys hiking.

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Viridiana V.
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Hiking

challenging hike but the view at the top pays off. We may not have been the fastest but we got there :)

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matthew cinelli
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Bird WatchingRocky

Good, hard trail with a few off-shoot trail options at the top. Straight uphill every step of the way is no exaggeration. A bit more loose gravel and sand for the first mile than I liked but a great leg and cardio workout. At the top of the trail we headed west (left) to Cave Springs and did some bird watching while taking the views in before heading downhill (semi-involuntary running) for our hamstring workout. As we were finishing up an already sweaty guy at the beginning of the trail (water tower) asked how much further it was to the top. I told him if he had to ask that question this early into the hike then he probably won't make it to the top and to turn around soon..lol.

Ray T
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Hiking

Great hike passing the rain tree and then on to mummy springs. Definitely a hard one because of elevation.

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Joaquin Vargas
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Hiking

Hiked this trail March 30th. Was slightly windy and had good shade all around. I'd consider this more of a moderate hike. Nice views at the top and half a mile up there's a bench and a cave where you can have lunch. Good cardio going up a liter of water was enough for me.

Mike D
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HikingSnow

Did not make to top. Snow slowed use down. About another hour to reach top. Reached planned turn time.

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Aaron Patterson
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Hiking

Would recommend! Gorgeous views.

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Don Bedford
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Hiking

Steep trail at the start and good cardio

Dave Hood
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Hiking

Great day out - good work out and well worth the effort. Once you get to the sign go left 250yds to take in the view - simply stunning. Then go back to the sign and follow arrow to the caves. Enjoy!!

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Brent Prater
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Michele Evans
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Hiking

Attempted Cave by way of Trail, thinking it was moderate, as noted. Glad I finished because I thought about turning back, a lot! The view was stunning but it was a windy, windy, cold day, so didn’t stay long at the top. The elevation change is constant, and a bit more difficult than it looks on the app, which is probably why Trail is tagged as hard. So happy it was downhill all the way back.

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Allison Turchioe
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Hiking

Attempt #1 5/16

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David W.
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Hiking

Made it to top of ridge @10,800ft still covered in waist deep snow

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Joli Irvine
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Hiking

Beautiful Hike. Great views. Uphill the whole way- great leg workout. The views throughout the hike are worth all the work you put in. Only a little bit of snow covering the trail when you’re almost to the lookout. One of my favorite hikes!

Steve Valenzuela
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Hiking

Nice hike with great views, but be aware that trail is almost straight up with few switchbacks. Definitely challenging.

Elliott Reed
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Darelyn Ceasar
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, the view on the way up is spectacular dont forget to stop throughout to turn around on your way up to take amazing pics!

Hunter Aiono
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Hiking

Cool trail. Definitely moderate in difficulty, but it is a hard trail for inexperienced/ out of shape hikers. It is constant elevation and gets pretty steep at some points. Brought my 53 year old dad who is not the fittest cardio-wise and we had to stop every couple of hundred feet to allow him to catch his breath. The trail has some switch backs and variations that aren’t marked on the map, so round trip you’re looking at about 7 miles. Encountered probably 10 people the whole time on the trail. Once you get to the top of the trail at the fork- hike right for about a minute or two for some sweet views. Hike left to go to the cave. The cave is pretty cool. Nice spot to sit down, cool off and eat a lunch. Definitely a fun hike for those that like a little challenge. Good scenery for sure.

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Shavelle Polo
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Hiking

Did this trail today 10-19-19 It’s literally all uphill. Be prepared to have some sore hips haha. Took me an hour and 45mins to walk to the top. It’s absolutely beautiful up top. even while walking up it, if you turn around you get a great view the whole time.once ur a mile in. I loved this trail. Bring water! Was pretty chilly up at the top

kim hoeft
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HikingRocky

very strenuous hike. Great views at the top.

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Jeremy Bruner
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Spaulding Smails
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Hiking

My wife and I hiked TCT on September 24, 2019 at about 9:30 am. Was a perfect day! Wouldn’t describe the trail as “hard”. I was carrying a 25# pack which definitely made the ascent challenging. But the trail is well marked, no scrambling. It was a “blue black” to use a skiing analogy.

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Not Right Now
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Hiking

Cold in the morning before the sun gets into the trail, beautiful deer at that hour on the trail. Lots of butterflies on the flowers on the way back. Great view, perfect snack spot at the top. Good workout! Not tooo difficult.

Bree Santiago
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Hiking

Nice trail. Lots of uphill trekking.

Joanne Nichols
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Hiking

uphill trail. some good shade. places to stop along the way. nice bit of altitude.

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