Upper and Lower Bristlecone Loop

MODERATE 29 reviews
#35 of 113 trails in

Upper and Lower Bristlecone Loop is a 5.8 mile loop trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for horses and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
928 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

horseback riding

I-15 N from Las Vegas to 95 N towards Reno, W on SR 156 (Lee Canyon) 17 1/4 miles into Lee Canyon until road dead ends in upper pkg. lot for Lee Canyon Ski Area. Do NOT park on helipad for flight for life (signed) ! Trailhead for upper Bristlecone is located at upper end of parking lot. Note that horses cannot access trail from this point. Park horse trailers in large gravel parking area (signed) BEFORE McWilliams campground. You can ride horses up the lower Bristlecone Trail and meet this loop at the Bonanza trail turn (signed, 3 mi.up lower trail- will add 1 mile overall to hike) -- take the turn onto Bonanza trail and follow switchbacks to top (signed); look for turn BEFORE the wooden steps up the hill. When you exit the hike at the ski area pkg, you'll need to ride alongside the paved road back down to main horse trailer parking (gravel lot). If hiking instead of riding, begin & end at upper trailhead and follow loop as shown for this route.

3 days ago

great hike for the whole family.. puppy inc.

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2 months ago

Easy trail for most of the family. Watch for mtn bikes. Great summer and fall hike.

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4 months ago

Love this Loop

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4 months ago

Nice trail with great views of the ski lodge and surrounding area.

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5 months ago

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

All rankings 1-10
Scenery = 6, if catch aspen changing colors then 7
Difficulty = 3, easy grade, good footing
Solitude = 8, few cars on Sat morning in Nov
Wildlife = 2, some birds not much else
Shade = 5, only on the Upper half of Loop near ski area

Best to go up the South side of the loop. You'll be facing the right way for the views and be in the shade during the heat of day. Lower is on a fire road so would be great for snowshoeing or cross country sking. Upper is more traditional hiking path.

Monday, October 24, 2016

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Sunday, August 14, 2016