Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Horses were found in America millions of years ago. The early horse was about the size of a dog. But horses disappeared from America about 10,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age. Spanish explorers re-introduced horses in the 16th century.
The Bristlecone Loop Trail is a nicely forested area with white fir and large aspen, and climbs until you reach the rugged, exposed upper slopes with an extensive stand of ancient Bristlecone pines. This is one of the few Spring Mountains trails open to mountain bikers.
The Bristlecone Loop Trail is located in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area which encompasses more than 316,000 acres of remarkable beauty and surprising diversity including extensive stands of bristlecones: some 18,000 acres’.
Potosi Mountain is the limestone giant of the southern Spring Mountains. The service road rout is located near Goodsprings, NV. This rout climbs 1900 feet in the first 1.75 miles and over 3,000 vertical feet of gain in slightly less than five miles to the top.
Summerlin Peak is located on the Northwest side of the Las Vegas Valley at the very northeast end of the La Madre Mountain Range. Summerlin Peak sits at an elevation of 5082 feet. Summerlin Peak is steep volcanic rock, there is no trail.
The Bonanza Trail is located in the Mount Charleston Wilderness Area in the Toiyabe National Forest which offers 43,000 acres of unroaded wilderness. It is located in the Spring Mountain Range centered around the 11,918-foot Charleston Peak.
North Loop trail from Trail Canyon to Deer Creek Road. Aspens changing color at Mount Charleston in mid-September on the North loop trail above Trail Canyon beneath the limestone cliffs of Mummy Mountain.
Trail Canyon gains 1,500 feet to a saddle beneath Mummy Mountain and an intersection with the North Loop Trail. The trail has a lot of ponderosa pines and aspen trees with good views of Mummy Mountain, Fletcher Peak and Kyle Canyon.
Fletcher Canyon is located in the Mount Charleston Wilderness Area in the Toiyabe National Forest. which offers 43,000 acres of unroaded wilderness. It is located in the Spring Mountain Range centered around the 11,918-foot Charleston Peak.
At 10,319 feet, Fletcher Peak is the 6th highest mountain in Southern Nevada and part of the Spring Mountains. Fletcher Peak trail runs south off of North Loop Trail just before the Raintree. The trail is covered in Bristlecone Pine trees and the summit is limestone.
This is a section of the North Loop Trail that runs through the forest up steep switchbacks to the ancient Raintree. The Raintree is a Bristlecone pine that is thought to be the largest and oldest (3,000 years ) tree in the Spring Mountains.
Big Falls is located in the Spring Mountains and starts on the Mary Jane Falls Trail. From the switchbacks it follows an unmarked route up a wash – over boulder and logs – to the base of Big Falls. The canyon is forested and surrounded by limestone cliffs.
Cathedral Rock is a prominent cliff overlooking Kyle Canyon. Cathedral Rock trail follows an avalanche chute along the east side of Cathedral Rock ‘under the Echo Cliffs’ to a saddle behind the summit and then up switchback to the summit.
The Sisters is an impressive mountain consisting of 3 peaks that lie to the north of Mt. Charleston in the Spring Mountains just off Lee Canyon Road ‘near the meadow’ just before the Ski Resort. I hiked the first chute up the South Sister.
The Mount Charleston Wilderness contains 18,000 acres of bristlecone pine, the most extensive stand of these ancient trees in the Intermountain Region. Its high, cool, forested mountain landscape is in sharp contrast to the surrounding desert landscape.