Explore the most popular birding trails near Mount Charleston with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
8 hours ago

I think I found this by accident haha.. I was hiking towards mjf and I stopped at a tan chopped down tree to rest a second. Instead of heading up right I went straight leftish and found a dried up creek and rocks to climb, and I had so much fun. No one was on the trail and I felt kinda lost but it was so much fun. I'd do it again

hiking
9 days ago

Easy way to get some steps in. My favorite go to.

walking
12 days ago

we went a group and all ages had a great time!

hiking
19 days ago

A decent trail, but nothing really spectacular. The views of the surrounding peaks are nice. Don't let the steep hill at the beginning intimidate you--aside from that, the trail is nicely graded and a very pleasant, fairly level walk. It's a very sunny trail, so plan and pack accordingly. A nice and quiet trail, but nothing I'd take visitors on.

hiking
19 days ago

A nice hike to bag a nice, scenic peak. The fork of the offshoot trail was a bit hard to find initially because I was looking in the wrong place, but the trail to the peak is well-defined. Just a spectacular view from the top, even on muggy/hazy days. For purists, the scenic rocky outcrop where you take your pictures and sign the register is not actually the summit; the little hump just beyond that is the true summit, but just about 10 feet higher so it's up to you to decide if it's worth the extra effort (the view at the actual peak is spoiled by lots and lots of tall trees).

Nice easy hike with some obstacles and a nice payoff. It's off of official the maps, too, so it's a little less crowded than MJF.

walking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful trail, not much incline at all but very much worth it. You’ll see lots of different nature from plants to animals. Definitely done best in the morning or evening when there’s not too many people. I’ve done the tail twice with no other hikers and it’s even more beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it, the view from the summit is spectacular. You go through the same switchbacks as you do for Raintree (the Raintree is a short side detour from this trail) and it gets steep as you approach the summit.

I will second the poster who questioned the 6.2 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail for sure. You just need to be careful not to miss the junction that goes to Fletcher as it’s not marked. Great views Kyle Canyon

It’s beautiful, just too short... I found it perfect for a quick jaunt, a great little place to sit and have a snack, read or write. Several interesting caves.

The Eagles Nest trail is an easy journey, best in the evening or early AM as it is exposed to the sun mid-day. The wildlife in the evening is abundant. May and June bring a variety of blooms paint the trail. Bring a camera to capture butterflies, birds, deer and other furry creatures.

Nice and easy hike. Went around 8 am it was perfect weather, hardly any people. Easy to follow and some very pretty views. Close to the road though which was a bummer but will definitely go back. My dog had a blast ... we saw a bunch of squirrels, beautiful birds and a deer. (Along with all the unknown rustling in the surrounding plants) Plenty of wildlife and birds singing.

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging, 2300 ft of gain over the 7 miles total out and back. Start at North Loop trailhead. At 2.5 miles look for a trail the goes to the left. Take it a mile up to the peak. It is NOT 6.2 like AllTrails says. Full 7 miles for sure according to my Garmin and Strava.

on Big Falls Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike along a not very well marked trail. Thank you to whoever put up the pink ties! Just keep heading up the wash and you'll find the falls one way or another. The "Ladder" is a few trees leaned up against a bolder but there's a path to the left of it that's easier. Hiked on 6/15 and the waterfall is completely dried up - not a drop. But the mountain view at the falls is nice. Hike took exactly 3hrs for a few 30 year olds who don't hike often but are in good shape. It felt like an accomplishment but too not strenuous. A few places require your hands. Download these instructions which were helpful: http://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/Mt_Char/Big_Falls/_Big_Falls.htm

Hardly any shade so i would try and go in the morning. Easy and enjoyable hike with hardly any other people, great scenic views at times and pops of color from the wildflowers.

2 months ago

I agree with Ana’s review. Not a moderate hike, boots are a must and you need two hands so water pack a must too.

An obstacle course to get to the waterfall. Hiking boots is a must.
Upper & lower body strength is needed. I don’t consider this to be a moderate hike.

on Fletcher Peak

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging but worth the view.

hiking
3 months ago

Hardly any shade. Best in the morning. Took 3 hours with a five year old and nine years old. They loved it! Recommend going left on loop. So you are going down on the switch backs.

hiking
3 months ago

I love this trail! It's a little hard to find but well worth the effort. I madw my own way through the creek bed. The best way to find it is follow the Mary Jane Trail until it bends to the right. Walk to your left down into the creek bed and you're on it. The creek bed will take you all the way. Lots of boulders and felled trees. There's a boulder you will have to climb a bunch of logs to get up. I uploaded a photo. Very exciting hike with lots scrambling. You will definitely need a good pair of hiking boots for this one.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is off of Fletcher Canyon trail. it winds back and forth up the mountain. There are a few points with gorgeous views overlooking all of the trees. Worth checking out if you hike often.

This trail is off of the Fletcher Canyon trail. It starts with a really enticing steep dirt hill and the rest of the trail is fairly level. It starts to switch back about half way through before looping back around to the start. The trail itself isn't anything special, but the views are amazing! You also get a really nice breeze as it's higher than Fletcher Canyon.

6 months ago

awsome and challenging.

it was ok

Awesome

Fun hike since it's off the beaten path. Take Mary Jane Falls till it starts vexing to the right and go off to the Left. We kinda made our own trail up there, Lots of rock scrambling.

hiking
11 months ago

Loved it will need to be mobile it involves a lot of walking over rocks and boulders and fallen trees make sure you were appropriate shoes since some areas are slippery even when dry weather is present. Also there is an alternate path on the left side of the rope ladder kinda steep incline keep left and you'll come around to the falls area also to let you know your going to enter this trail just you would to Mary Jane falls but keep left you'll notice the trail but it diffidently is off the well traveled path good luck all and have fun be safe

11 months ago

This hike is the perfect hike if you're seeking solitude, even on a weekend. You scramble right through the wash and it requires some careful navigating, but the wash is easy to follow. You eventually reach a boulder with a rope ladder to climb up, as it becomes impassible. You can opt to climb out of the wash on either side but it is loose gravel and very steep. Just after this point the falls will come into view. I would recommend doing this with a friend just because of the terrain involved toward the end. Would go back for sure!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

loved it once I found it

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great trail.Not busy at all. Gorgeous views and amazing 79 degree weather.

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