Best Backpacking in Nevada

This list represents the most popular backpacking in Nevada. Use this list to plan your next Nevada backpacking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Charleston Peak: North Loop and South Loop Trails


An ascent of Charleston Peak is considered to be the ultimate experience in the Spring Mountains by many. The well-engineered and well-maintained 20-mile Mt. Charleston National Recreation Trail, divi…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Nevada"
Las Vegas, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 19.5 miles Best Trail in nv - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#2. Griffith Peak via Harris Springs Road


This hike is one where you can really get out and hike without meeting many people. This trail passes rocky areas, dense trees, meadows, and a high mountain peak. The fun for you and your pet is the t…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Las Vegas & Beyond"
Las Vegas, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 9.5 miles Best Trail in nv - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#3. Spring Mountains: Mt. Charleston Peak Loop


Named after Charleston, North Carolina, by the Dixie general of a mapping team in 1869, Southern Nevada’s highest peak is more reminiscent of the Rocky Mountains than the deep South. And what a great…
From the guidebook "Afoot & Afield: Las Vegas & Southern Nevada"
Las Vegas, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 18 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#4. Bonanza Trail


The Bonanza Trail offers excellent scenery and views of Charleston and McFarland peaks, as well as expansive vistas of the surrounding desert topography. The first 3 miles of trail climb steeply from…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Nevada"
Las Vegas, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 17 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#5. Ruby Lakes


The climb over Liberty Pass and into the Ruby Lakes is the most popular backpack in the Ruby Mountains. If you ask backpackers whether they have ever been to the Rubies and the answer is yes, then inv…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Nevada"
Lamoille, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 11 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#6. Marlette Lake


A day hike or overnight backpack trip to Marlette Lake in the Carson Range. The North Canyon Trail generally follows North Canyon Creek for about 5 miles to Marlette Lake, a human-made reservoir. Ther…
From the guidebook "Hiking Nevada: A Guide to the State's Greatest Adventures"
Carson City, NV - Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 8.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. North Twin and South Twin Rivers Loop


Only by Nevada standards can these two streams be referred to as rivers, but what the North Twin and South Twin rivers lack in volume, they certainly make up for in vibrancy, drama, and wonder. These…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Nevada"
Austin, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 14 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#8. North Twin River Loop


A long day hike or overnight backpack trip through a series of spectacular canyons in the Toiyabe Range. This is a loop hike using the South Twin River and North Twin River Trails. Although it can be…
From the guidebook "Hiking Nevada: A Guide to the State's Greatest Adventures"
Tonopah, NV - Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 13.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Ophir Creek Trail


Although the Ophir Creek Trail does not enjoy wilderness protection from nearby Mt. Rose Wilderness, this trip offers an abundance of positive attributes, including two small but scenic lakes, a beaut…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Nevada"
Carson City, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 8 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#10. Winchell Lake Trail


The journey to Winchell Lake takes hikers and backpackers into the heart of the east side of remote East Humboldt Wilderness. A distance of 3 miles and a mild 1000-foot elevation gain make for a relat…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Nevada"
Wells, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 6 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#11. Hidden Forest


Do you and your dog love Mount Charleston but hate the crowds? If so, give Hidden Forest a try. This trail begins in open desert and climbs up into the pines, ending at an old log cabin and spring whe…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Las Vegas & Beyond"
Las Vegas, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 10.2 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#12. Mount Rose and Bronco Creek


The route to the summit of Mt. Rose may be the most popular trail in the state of Nevada. If not, it certainly ranks near the top of the list. The newly constructed parking lot may be full on weekends…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Nevada"
Reno, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 13 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#13. Bonanza Trail (Spring Mountains Divide Trail)


When it comes to longer hikes at Mount Charleston, most think of the Mount Charleston loop trail. Although lesser-known, the dramatic Bonanza Trail is definitely worthwhile. Under foot and paw: Dirt a…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Las Vegas & Beyond"
Las Vegas, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 32 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#14. Lehman Cave


An easy walk through Lehman Cave. Though small compared to famous caves such as Carlsbad Caverns, Lehman Cave is highly decorated with natural cave formations and is well worth a visit. To protect th…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Basin National Park"
Baker, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 0.6 mile
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Right Fork Lamoille Creek


Only 2 miles from a popular summer camp lies a seldom visited, flourishing valley rimmed by steep canyon walls and towering peaks, a hidden jewel that is one of the Ruby Mountains most priceless treas…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Nevada"
Lamoille, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 9.5 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#16. Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail


A 4-day backpack trip in the Ruby Mountains along the crest of Nevada’s most alpine range featuring classic alpine scenery, glacial valleys, cirques, and mountain lakes and streams. Lamoille Canyon d…
From the guidebook "Hiking Nevada: A Guide to the State's Greatest Adventures"
Elko, NV - Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 33.1 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Baker and Johnson Lakes


A long but very scenic day hike or backpack trip, with a short section of cross-country, to a pair of alpine lakes set in glacial basins located high in Great Basin National Park’s Snake Range. Sta…
From the guidebook "Hiking Nevada: A Guide to the State's Greatest Adventures"
Baker, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 11.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Ruby Crest Trail


Considered by many the preeminent trail in Nevada, the Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail offers backpackers and equestrians one of the best wilderness experiences in the state. Mountain lakes, abse…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Nevada"
Jiggs, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 34 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#19. Mount Moriah


The highlight of any trip to the Mt. Moriah Wilderness has to be the namesake peak itself. A 10.5-mile hike, followed by a short and easy off-trail scramble, leads to the summit of 12,067-foot Mt. Mor…
From the guidebook "Backpacking Nevada"
Ely, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 16 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#20. Hendrys Creek


The well-maintained Hendrys Creek Trail starts along the southside of the creek but soon crosses north to follow an old jeep road. Surrounding hillsides hold sagebrush and grass, but the streamcourse…
From the guidebook "Hiking Great Basin National Park"
Baker, NV - Backpacking, Hiking - 19.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides