Upper Bristlecone Trail

MODERATE 30 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

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Rugged stands of Bristlecone Pines, bikes allowed but no horses on this section 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. In my opinion, this is one of the easiest and most enjoyable hikes in the Spring Mtns. for beginners; not many steep climbs, nice views, plenty of trees, and the trail is very visible and can be easily followed, even with snow patches. The flexibility of this trail can be appreciated by all levels of hikers; tailor the hike to the type of terrain you enjoy. Instead of taking the upper and lower loop, I prefer to retrace this upper trail a few times until reaching the desired amount of exercise. Plenty of lunch spots along the trail, but no water to hike to.

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6 months ago

Beautiful easy trail up by the ski area. Did the whole loop, the hardest part was walking back up to the car from the lower trail head. Great hike todo in the spring or fall. Not too many people on trail. Very quiet and peaceful. Definitely recommend this trail.

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I completed the entire loop, starting at the upper (just past the ski area) and ending at the lower. If you are considering either of the two, i would recommend the upper. The scenery and views are amazing. The lower is mostly an old gravel road. Keep in mind, the road is open to horses... keep your eyes in front of you and look out for brown piles with flies :-) if you do the entire loop, bring plenty of water. Minimal foot traffic today, maybe passed three couples during the 6mile loop. From either trail head, be careful walking on the road to your parked car.. there are lots of curves in this area and cars will be passing you

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One of my favorite trails to do around the Spring Mountains. It's a well maintained trail that meanders through the aspen and pine. No crazy inclines or descents. Great views and easy enough for children and dogs. It was 113 in the valley and around 85 at the trail head. There is plenty of shade but bring a liter of water per person at least during the summer months.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016