Spring Mountain Divide Trail

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada
Elevation Gain8,735ft
Trailhead Elevation9,264ft
Elevation Min/Max8568/10285ft
Elevation Start/End9264/9264ft

Spring Mountain Divide Trail

Spring Mountain Divide Trail is a hiking trail in Clark County, Nevada. It is within Spring Mountains National Recreation Area and Mount Charleston Wilderness Area. It is 11.0 miles long and begins at 9,264 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 22.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 8,735 feet. This trail connects with the following: Lower Bristlecone Trail and Upper Bristlecone Trail.

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Burton City, OH
Adventurer | 382 pts
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It rained, sleet and snowed.
Pensacola, FL
Adventurer | 380 pts
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Nice trail. The trail and directions to it in the guide are accurate and pretty much complete. The biggest change is that the parking lot at the trailhead has been closed and all the parking is across the street. Little about this trail is difficult; the trail wanders in and out of the dry creek bed and is gravel and rock for its entire length. Between the rocky trail and altitude it does require you to watch your foot placement. The spring was barely flowing when we did the trail and went subterranean within a few yards. The canyon climbs steadily but gradually for most of its length with only a few short steeper sections but none are strenuous. Near the end of the trail the slot is obvious and impressive. The last 100 feet involve a scramble around a large boulder with a smooth slippery water channel cut into it. Above it the canyon splits to the boulder bound and waterfall ends described in the guide. Several small details are missing from the guide. First the visitor’s center is just beyond the trailhead by about 500 feet. GPS coordinates to the intersection of Hwy 157 and Hwy 158 are N 36 15’ 52.14” W 115 36’ 11.24”.
Henderson, NV
Trailblazer | 532 pts
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This is a good trail if you want to get in shape for other hikes, as the first two miles are all up hill. There is a decent vista at the saddle, but nothing you couldn't see on other trails on Mt. Charleston. If you continue up another half mile you come to a small weep and a horse watering trough carved out of one big piece of pine. Even the trip back is tough. It is all downhill, but it's steep and tough on the feet.
North Las Vegas, NV
Pathfinder | 150 pts
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This is one of my favorite trails to hike with my 4 year old daughter. We have hiked it twice in three weeks. It is not a very difficult trail, but is just the right length for children to hike. It is a great place to stop for lunch, and hang out. From the top of Cathedral Rock you have fantastic views of Mt. Charleston Peak, and Mummy Muontain, as well as all of Kyle canyon. I would recomend this trail to people of all ages, and hiking abilities.
-Mark Lafavor

Spring Mountain Divide Trail Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"This hike explores a beautiful slot canyon high in the Spring Mountains. Slot canyons usually bring to mind lower-elevation deserts. Leave it to the miracles of nature to build one high in the mountains. Because limestone is soluble in water (most major cave systems in the world are in limestone), it’s a wonder there aren’t more such high-elevation slots in Nevada’s many limestone mountains. This is a beautiful place, but it is not the place to be during a flash flood. If thunderstorms are active, hike somewhere else. Vehicle: Passenger car."
"Cathedral Rock rises majestically 1000 vertical feet above the road below. It offers a wonderful view (and possible vertigo) with an accessible, relatively easy hike. Vehicle: Passenger car."
"Trail Canyon is a pleasurable hike onto the slopes below Mummy Mountain and to the east of Mt. Charleston. The intriguing geology, aspen, and pine forests, as well as views across the valley will reward all who work their muscles and lungs to climb this slope. Trail Canyon is part of the 56,600-acre Mt. Charleston Wilderness Area. The nearest water, toilets, and rangers are available at the Kyle Canyon Visitor Center. There are five campgrounds in the Spring Mountains, offering a total of 143 sites."

Trail Information

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Nearby City
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
U.S. Forest Service Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Local Contacts
Charleston Peak USGS
Local Maps