Upper Bristlecone Trail

MODERATE 58 reviews
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Upper Bristlecone Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
912 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail begins in a nicely forested area with white fir and large aspen, and climbs until you reach the rugged, exposed upper slopes with bristlecone pines. The trail is easy to follow for both hikers and bikes, with many spots along the trail to stop and admire the view. Be sure and look up at the ski slopes in Lee Canyon, you will often see wild horses grazing on the grass in late spring, summer, and fall. The flexibility of this trail can be appreciated by all levels of hikers; tailor the hike to the type of terrain you enjoy. Plenty of lunch spots along the trail, but no water to hike to.

5 days ago

Great little intro Trail to Mt. Charleston Wilderness. Short and not too exposed with most of Bristlecone on the way and at the top--the main attraction! The loop is a little difficult to find if you're unfamiliar with the area, considering it also intersects with the Bonanza Trail. A fast hike if you go only one way and don't have a lot of time.

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A great hike through aspen groves, mixed conifer forest, and beautiful views of the surrounding ridges and peaks. The only thing that could make it better is a waterfall, or river; oh, I just got back from Yosemite...Oh, by the way, be careful not to park right at the trailhead; that is actually a no parking zone for airflight helicopter landing zone.

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Very nice hike

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2 months ago

Great trail we did this one on June 13th. We did not do the loop will probably do that on Saturday. Lots of shade on this trail. This will probably become a top favorite to do many times.

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