Best trails in Mount Charleston, Nevada

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Looking for a great trail near Mount Charleston, Nevada? AllTrails has 29 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lone Mountain Park or Exploration Peak Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 15 hard trails in Mount Charleston ranging from 1.5 to 20.4 miles and from 7,657 to 11,909 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Mount Charleston, Nevada
Top trails (29)
#1 - Raintree Trail
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
Note: Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well. Steep switchbacks and the altitude will test your endurance on this hike. Views of surrounding peaks and valleys should make it worth while. If the views don't impress you, perhaps the magical feeling of walking underneath the Bristlecone Pines will. These trees have been living here since before the Roman Empire and deserve our love and respect -- there is an "Alice in Wonderland", or surreal feeling about this hike. If you travel quietly (sunrise or sunset), you could see deer, and perhaps mountain lion tracks. If there has been snow, the trail may be impassable, even through May. The trail is extremely well marked and easy to follow -- just keep climbing. Downhill is a breeze. Once you're at Raintree, it's only 1/3 mile to Mummy Springs (trailhead/sign at Raintree). Please respect the Bristlecones (as well as the other trees) and do NOT remove or deface them in any way, even dead braches lying on the ground. Forested hike with ponderosa pine and white fir.Show more
#2 - Trail Canyon Trail
Mount Charleston Wilderness
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
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.Show more
#3 - Big Falls Trail
Mount Charleston Wilderness
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 2 h
Downloading the offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the dry creek bed can be tricky to navigate without it.Show more
#4 - Echo Overlook Trail
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
NOTE: users have reported that the parking area is closed during the winter. Even though this is a strenuous hike due to the steep switchbacks and elevation gain, it is a beautiful trail from the very beginning. The fall colors are magnificent, but this is a great way to escape the summer heat because you are under trees the entire time. Aspens, cottonwoods and pines fill the avalanche chute at eye level, while brilliantly colored wildflowers and lush green grasses cover the soil. Look for the large cave in the cliffs on your L as you cross back and forth across the side canyon, up the steep stone steps (do NOT take the gravel road to the L), and up the east side of the avalanche chute, climbing rapidly towards Echo Cliffs. The slopes are generously covered with more flowers (lots of dark purples & brilliant red paintbrush), and you'll soon hear/see the water flowing down the falls/ledges back in the canyon toward the knob below Griffith Peak. The overlook is a great place to stop, relax, lunch, etc. but be very careful near the edge.Show more
#5 - Fletcher Peak
Mount Charleston Wilderness
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
#6 - Stanley B Springs Trail
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
#7 - Mummy Spring Trail
Toiyabe National Forest
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
#8 - Trail Canyon Overlook
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Seldom used deer path leads beyond Cathedral Rock for nice view of Trail Canyon This is a nice workout with a steady climb and mostly tree lined the entire way. You'll follow the same trail as for Cathedral Rock, but will continue on the main trail straight instead of turning R for the path to the top of Cathedral Rock. When you reach the end of the main trail (past Cathedral Rock turnoff), look for the culvert with a cast iron lid (36.25422, 115.65699 elev. 8510) -- be sure and stay to the R as you cross the first gravel drainage (you're now just above Little Falls). Overlook is at 36.26024, 115.66049, elev. 8790. Try to stay on the deer path even though it is steep and slippery (pine needles).Show more
#9 - Wildhorse Canyon Loop
Mount Charleston Wilderness
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
#10 - Mount Charleston North to South via Trail Canyon
Mount Charleston Wilderness
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Length: 16.6 mi • Est. 10 h 7 m
Connecting route between Charleston South Loop to the North Loop trail, taking the Trail Canyon trail back down instead of having to hike all the way over to the North loop trailhead. This way you can do the hike without staging a car at each trailhead.Show more
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