Mary Jane Falls

Las Vegas
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Mary Jane Falls

Distance: 3.2mi
Elevation: 912ft
Time: 1.25-1.75h

Difficulty Rating:

This popular trail leads slowly up to a small waterfall in the heart of the Mt. Charleston Valley. From this vantage point you will have fantastic views up the face of Charleston Peak, all from the secluded amphitheatre that has formed around the falls.

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 to continue along this gradually climbing road for just over 32.2km. Nearing the end of Route 157 you will turn right onto Echo Rd., with signs pointing towards Mary Jane Falls and Trail Canyon. Turn into the Trail Canyon parking lot then follow the dirt road that leads from it towards the Mary Jane parking lot.

About

When to do

Spring and Fall, avoid summer heat

Backcountry Campsites

None

Toilets

At Trailhead

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


Elevation


Detailed Description

From the trailhead, find the wide path that starts ascending gradually. As the trail continues, the grade will slowly increase. You will hike deeper into the valley before starting to switchback up its right side. Your final destination is the visible cliff band up above.

The trail is mostly loose gravel, so take care on the steeper switchbacks! Don’t cut the switchbacks, as this causes huge trail erosion and makes the trail very difficult to maintain. After reaching the cliff band, the route will start to traverse to the left, and shortly you will arrive at the Mary Jane Falls.

Mary Jane Falls is a stunning, small waterfall situated in a wonderful rocky amphitheatre. There is usually plenty of shade, which makes it a nice place to stop and relax after the hike up! You will also have fantastic views up to Charleston Peak, and its steep, craggy east aspect.

After taking a nice long break return the way you came, take extreme care on the way down!

Insider Hints

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

  • This trail is open to dogs.

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