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    623 m
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    7.7 km
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    Easy (Circle)
    Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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    Easy (Circle)
    Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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    Trail Canyon Trail

    Panoramic views from the Trail Canyon hike near Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Climbing up to a ridge with fantastic views of the Spring Mountain and Mt. Charleston, this hike is a true gem that will allow you to take in the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. The well-graded trail makes the elevation gain feel easier, and the absolutely stunning alpine views from the top are definitely worth the effort.

    Route Description for Trail Canyon Trail

    The Trail Canyon Hike begins from the uphill side of the parking lot. You will follow a single-track trail that quickly meets up with a double-track trail. Watch out here on your way back, as the junction is unmarked and you could easily lose your way! After this point the path starts to climb, as it slowly narrows to a wide single-track path.

    Here, you will climb through a unique landscape of sparse ponderosa pine forest that features little to no underbrush. When taking breaks as you climb, take the opportunity to look back and get even clearer views of the magnificent Mt. Charleston, rising just under 3,658 m in the air as it hangs over the steep sided valley you drove in on.

    Towards the top of the climb, the path will traverse a series of switchbacks, letting you know that you are fast approaching your destination. Finally, you will reach a trail junction. We recommend turning right and following the unmarked path that leads onto the obvious ridgeline, called Cockscomb Ridge. Follow this for as far as you want along this ridge to find a comfortable spot with a spectacular view!

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    Insider Hints for Trail Canyon Trail

    • One should always consider the elevation of these mountains when packing. Even though it is typically hot and sunny in Vegas, harsh winds and rain are all too common up high in the Spring Mountains. Dress appropriately!

    Getting to the Trail Canyon Trail Trailhead

    To get to the Trail Canyon Trailhead 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 32.2 km. Nearing the end of Route 157, you will turn right onto Echo Rd., with signs pointing towards Trail Canyon. Park in the large lot after passing by several houses.

    Route Information

    • When to do:

      May through September (depending on snow)

    • Backcountry Campsites:

      Yes; Dispersed Camping

    • Toilets:

      At trailhead

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

    Trail Canyon Trail Elevation Graph

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