Trail Canyon

Las Vegas
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Trail Canyon

Distance: 4.8mi
Elevation: 2,044ft
Time: 3-3.5h

Difficulty Rating:

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

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 Trail Canyon. Park in the large lot after passing by several houses.

About

When to do

May through September (depending on snow)

Backcountry Campsites

Yes; Dispersed Camping

Toilets

At trailhead

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Elevation


Detailed Description

From the uphill side of the parking lot the trailhead begins. You will follow a single-track trail that shortly meets up with a double-track trail. Watch out here on your way back, as the junction is unmarked! After this point the path starts to climb, as it slowly narrows to a wide single-track path.

You will climb through a unique landscape of sparse ponderosa pine forest with little to no underbrush. When taking breaks as you climb, look back to get even clearer views of the magnificent Mt. Charleston, rising just under 3658m in the air, hanging over the steep sided valley you drove in on.

Towards the top of the climb, the path will start to switchback, 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. Go as far as you want along this ridge to find a comfortable spot with a view! There are several used fire pits here from campers and late night adventurers.

Insider Hints

  • 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!

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