Upper Bristlecone Trail

MODERATE 65 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.

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2 hours ago

Great for Fall color! Well as great as it gets near Vegas I should say.

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7 days ago

A slice of heaven! Different vistas at every turn. Today we saw the aspens were yellow and orange, amazing! 7 miles from lower Bristol cone to upper plus the extra walk to get back to lower Bristol cone. 42 degrees at 7:30 am.

13 days ago

Went on Labor Day and it's obvious from the first step that this trail is popular. Great views, lots of wild horses roaming around, and a perfect "family" hike. Easy to moderate for sure. We started at upper Bristlecone and ended at Lower Bristlecone, and I do suggest doing it the other way around. We parked in the upper lot by the ski lifts. When you end at Lower, you have to walk back up the highway to the parking lot and that walk is no bueno. Nothing like sucking on car exhaust after a 6mi hike. Also, Upper is much more dramatic and scenic so it would have been nice to end on that stretch.

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1 month 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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