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.

Decent trail just not much shade. A lot of shrub brush but some cool views of the mountains

Very cool trail. Not super aggressive, but pretty.

Beautiful hike and relatively easy. We read on other reviews that the upper trail is more strenuous, so we started there for the main incline and ended at lower. Upper has larger drop offs, some switchbacks and narrow pathways, but it leads to some breathtaking views. It isn't very difficult but those new to hiking or with a fear of heights might be a little uncomfortable at parts. Once you get to lower, it's a wide dirt road/path and it's just a nice simple walk the whole way down through the forest. There isn't a lot of shade on the lower trail, so bring sunscreen. The worst part about this hike is the parking situation, since even though it's a loop trail, it starts and ends at different spots. We parked at upper and had to make the trek up the road to get back to our car once it was over. Those last 15 minutes were the worst and hardest part about the whole hike to us. So plan accordingly, but it really has to do with preference.

started from the mcwilliams campground to the upper trailhead and made all the way down to lower trailhead and back to camp. nice hike with a lot of shade. it was cool, around 70 in late afternoon.

We love this trail. If you want to do the entire loop, start from Lower Bristlecone Trail. Otherwise, you will have to finish the loop with a grueling march back to your car, about 800-900 ft. gain in just over a half mile. It's not unusual to see wild horses, burros, or chipmunks in the general area. The Upper Bristlecone is shaded, whereas you'll take in a lot of rays on the lower part, so remember sunscreen. Where the upper and lower meet, you can stray off on Bonanza Trail too.

It gets pretty chilly up there. Also hailed and rained on us. If you get cold fast bring a jacket. It was a fun and easy hike!

A favorite for sure!!! Not heavily hiked and lots of climbing to do for sure!!! Your upper AND lower body will get a workout! You’ll need to have your map on to guide you to this trail as it is literally off the beaten path!! Sooooooooo much fun and we will definitely do this one again!!

My friend and I kind of stumbled upon this hike because we didn’t realize there was a trail near lee canyon. It was a really great hike through the forest. There are a lot of aspens and parts of the trail go through an ephemeral stream. It’s really pretty. The views at the end of the trail are well worth the trek in. It looked like you could even keep going at the end, and if we had more time we would’ve gone further.

Very short and look out for the MTB crowd. Didn’t see any other people hiking but did see a lot of bikers.

25 days ago

Great trail! Trails are excellent, easy to walk. Steady incline and a teal ass kicker at the end. Beautiful trees, and views. Lots of shade on the trail. One of my new favorites!

Gorgeous View...

beautiful

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Nice hike, easy to follow trail. We parked at the upper parking lot and walked down the road to the lower parking lot to start there. The first 3 miles from the lower parking lot is all jeep road, all up hill and not much shade. It’s a nice climb to the point where you see the Bonanza Trail turn off. Continued to the upper where you eventually get to some nice single track trails with shade covering which will take you right back to the upper parking area. Nice views and dog friendly!

walking
1 month ago

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

we started out at the lower. we gradually climbed and were not sure we would do the upper. we did do the upper and 3 1/2 hours later made it back to our car, but we did it! great views!

Awesome trail, we took the upper bristlecone trail and headed farther up the mountain following bonanza then hit what is labeled as “old bristlecone trail” on the way back. It wasn’t as maintained as the upper trail but was stunning and had shade the whole way back. It was an amazing 8 mile hike going around that route

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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).

Really nice hike, perfect for a morning outing before it gets hot. The trail itself is quiet and well maintained. I started from the Upper trailhead. The Upper trail is nicely shaded and really beautiful. Once you get to the Lower part of the loop, the views are still lovely and the trees are green, but the long dirt road gets a little boring to walk on. Saw two mule deer (does), a coyote, good-sized Palmer's Chipmunks, and tons of birds including several woodpeckers. All in all, a great little hike.

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
2 months 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.

We went in early November and the aspen trees were on point! A nice hike for the kiddos too.

hiking
2 months 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.

Great hike with awesome views! did the upper and lower for the 5.6 mile loop. Next time we plan to just hike the upper out and back to stay in the shade more.

hiking
2 months 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.

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