Bristlecone Trail

Las Vegas, Nevada 89143

Bristlecone Trail

Bristlecone Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This loop trail passes through an extensive stand of ancient bristlecone pines. This is one of the few Spring Mountains trails open to mountain bikers. just left. These are exactly the conditions that bristlecone pines favor. In fact, the Spring Mountains have extensive stands of bristlecones: some 18,000 acres.

At first, the trail heads southwest up a canyon bottom filled
with an alpine forest of fir and aspen. After the Bristlecone
Trail makes a sharp right turn and climbs out of the canyon
to the north, it crosses a more exposed slope where living
conditions are much tougher than the canyon bottom. These are exactly the conditions that bristlecone pines favor. In fact, the Spring Mountains have extensive stands of bristlecones: some 18,000 acres. Bristlecone pines actually do grow well below timberline, where they are taller and more slender than their gnarled timberline counterparts."

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Trail Information

Las Vegas
Nearby City
5.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Fall through spring
Season
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Local Contacts
USGS: Charleston Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018