Mt. Charleston Trails | Fletcher Canyon Trail

Mt. Charleston Trails | Fletcher Canyon Trail

Published On March 24, 2014 | By Melly Allen | Cafe Mom, Family, Just For Dads, Leaving Las Vegas, Travel

The weather is amazing during March in Las Vegas! As many of us locals know, you have to enjoy the beautiful outdoor parks surrounding the area before the dreaded heat reappears and we all retreat back into the air conditioning indoors. With an influx of additional visitors, mainly spring-breakers, I find the urban areas in March a little too crowded for me. You can usually find me enjoying one of our cities’ beautiful parks or hiking Red Rock or Mt. Charleston.

Mt. Charleston Trails | Fletcher Canyon Trail

Mt. Charleston Trails | Fletcher Canyon Trail

One of my favorite trails is Fletcher Canyon Trailhead, in the Spring Mountains National Forest area. In order to visit the trail, you’ll need to take Interstate 95 North from Las Vegas, exit West onto Kyle Canyon Road, which is marked as the Mt. Charleston exit. If you plan to hike with friends, there is a park-and-ride turn out just after the 95 turn-off on your right-hand side. Just an FYI: There are no facilities or trash cans in that area. From there, continue West along Kyle Canyon road and pass the Mt. Charleston Lodge. The trailhead is clearly marked and located directly across from the campgrounds and parking on the left-hand side. Parking is free, but you may want to get there early to secure a spot.

 

This popular trail is an easy 1.8 mile hike in a beautiful shady area. The trail itself is a consistent upward grade along the creek bed then gradually narrows into the canyon.
Mt. Charleston Trails | Fletcher Canyon Trail I usually hike the more challenging Mary Jane Falls; Fletcher Canyon is a cake-walk in comparison. I often see a number of families with small children enjoying this trail for its ease and abundant wildlife.

Give yourself at least two to three hours to hike up and back down again. It might require longer if you’re attempting the hike with children.

The open creek path is flanked by towering pine tress that fill the air with a sweet smell. The canyon is filled with wildlife from birds to chipmunks.

On my recent visit, the wash was mostly dried up until I reached the canyon mouth. There was just a trickle of water and some ice on the ground. Once inside the canyon, you’ll find yourself surrounded by huge limestone walls.

Mt. Charleston Trails | Fletcher Canyon Trail

Mt. Charleston Trails | Fletcher Canyon Trail

Mt. Charleston Trails | Fletcher Canyon Trail

The trail comes to an end once at the fork in the canyon, Obstacle Rock. If you’re adventurous both faces can be climbed, although the left side seems to be easier. The day I visited, the canyon floor was covered in unforgiving icy rocks. The slippery ground triggered the end of the hike, but I’m sure on warmer days you’ll find the ground thawed.

If you plan to hike Fletcher Canyon, make sure to bring plenty of water and possibly some snacks. Even though this is considered an “easy” trail, there is a steady amount of uphill walking and a few challenging hills when you get closer to the canyon walls. Take it at your own pace and be sure to check out all the cool sights when visiting! Remember to please be respectful of the public lands and don’t leave trash and items behind. This is also a great hike for your pets!

This trail does come with a warning: Do not attempt to hike during rainy weather. This is a narrow canyon and there is a chance of encountering flash floods.

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As the Community Director and Editor of Recess, Melly Allen is the Founder of the Recess Sandbox Revolution where she strives to unite Southern Nevada women by giving them a voice and place to connect and share. Melly is also a major Social Media Producer.

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