Fletcher Peak

Las Vegas
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Fletcher Peak

Distance: 11.3km
Elevation: 688m
Time: 2.5-3h

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Fletcher Peak is not only one of the easiest mountains to climb in the park, but also the sixth highest point in the state, boasting fantastic views of the Spring Mountains. Truly, a beautiful half-day hike that is nothing short of fantastic!

Getting there

From Las Vegas follow Route 95 North until just after you pass the city limits. From here, watch out for Nevada 157, with signs towards Mt. Charleston. Turn left here and continue along this gradually climbing road for just over 27.4km. Turn right on Route 158 heading north, and drive up this steeper highway for 8.0km, watching diligently for the North Loop Trailhead on the left. This small parking area comes up super fast, and it’s very easy to miss.

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When to do

May through September (depending on snow)

Backcountry Campsites

Yes; Dispersed Camping

Toilets

None

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Poor

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Out and back


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Detailed Description

Start along the North Loop Trail that leads out from the parking lot. This trail will start to gain elevation and switchback up the clear ridge. Starting at approximately 2591m and going higher, this route is at quite a high elevation. Go slow and don’t push yourself too hard!

There are two sets of switchbacks separated by a short exposed plane. The obvious trail is well graded and makes the climb feel easier. At the end of the second set of switchbacks you will find a clear knoll. From here the trail leads to the left and goes around the first false summit. Climbing up to the false summit can afford a fantastic view of the area, however the official trail leads around to the left.

As you hike along the trail you will go around the right side of a second false summit. The trail will then begin to lose elevation. Shortly you will reach an obscure, unmarked trail junction where you will turn left.

The junction is right before the main trail starts to veer right. This unofficial route is sometimes difficult to follow, but it’s hard to get lost, as in a worst case scenario you can track the ridge back to the knoll where the main trail turned left — it’ll only cost you a bit of extra ascending.

Continue along the unofficial trail as it climbs up towards the rocky summit of Fletcher Peak. At the summit you will find a small ammunitions container containing the summit register. You will also have panoramic views of Charleston Peak and its summit ridge, as well as Griffith Peak to the left. Also you can see Mummy Mountain close by, to the right of Charleston Peak. If you look directly below and to the right of your view of Charleston you can see the final pass of the Trail Canyon Hike, also detailed on this page!

Return the way you came and take extreme care while descending the often loose, unofficial trail.

Insider Hints

  • This hike can be very snowy in the early season. Phone the visitor centre before committing to the drive from Las Vegas.

  • A GPS unit can be extremely helpful in making sure you are in fact at the summit of Fletcher. There are numerous false summits!

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mountaincat3 weeks ago

A good way to calm your soul after losing lots of money in Vegas. Loved the Spring Mountains

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Mo4 weeks ago

after reading this i am not sure i was on the right sumit. but it was a nice hike.

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