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Fletcher Canyon - Spring Mountains, NV

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 3.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,923 feet
Elevation Gain 963 feet
Accumulated Gain 970 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2
Kokopelli Seeds 8.65
Backpack TBD
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17  2017-06-08 kingsnake
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Preferred   Sep, Jun, May, Aug
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:55am - 4:59pm
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8.3 mi
4,278 ft
Robber's Roost - Charleston
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Trail Canyon Trail
2.5 mi away
2.0 mi
1,478 ft
Cave Spring via Trail Canyon
2.6 mi away
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2,021 ft
Charleston Peak from Trail Canyon
2.6 mi away
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5,600 ft
Mary Jane Falls Trail
2.8 mi away
3.0 mi
North Loop Charleston Peak Trail
3.2 mi away
12.0 mi
5,130 ft
Mummy Mountain - Mt Charleston Wilderness
3.2 mi away
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Griffith Peak via Harris Springs Road
3.2 mi away
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2,705 ft
Bristlecone Trail
4.7 mi away
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Cool Hike After the Hot Vegas Action
by kingsnake

Fletcher Canyon Trail begins just across the road from the trailhead, on the north side of NV-157. It is wide & smooth, with gravel varying from marble to golf ball size, but mostly flat rocks, rather than rounded, so ankle spraining is not an issue. No need to stop moving to enjoy the beautiful scenery and towering canyon walls.


Despite being in a forest, the vegetation is rather open. As in most pine woods, there are few grab & stabs. There also were not many flowers: I spotted maybe a half dozen species, and then only a few instances of each. I found penstemon, paintbrush, Crimson Columbine, Western Blue Elder, Nuttall’s Linanthus and what was possibly a non-fruiting Virginia Strawberry (though, apparently, those are rare in Nevada).

Fletcher Canyon Trail crosses the wash a half dozen times between NV-157 and Fletcher Spring, after which the trail mostly disappears and you hike straight up the canyon bottom. I saw no standing, let alone running, water below Fletcher Spring. All the wash crossings were dry.

There were several sections of disconnected metal spring pipe along Fletcher Canyon Trail, all marked with graffiti.

The canyon walls don’t gain altitude as rapidly as the canyon floor, so as you head up canyon, the canyon becomes shallower. Above Fletcher Spring, it also gets much tighter, slotting to a point where your spread arms can touch both sides. The walls are remain sheer the whole way.

There is an unnamed spring about 500 yards above Fletcher Spring. It's a good place to relax before heading back down canyon.

It is possible to continue hiking up Fletcher Canyon: It's about 1300 AEG in a little over a mile. So, quite steep, but doable. North Loop Trail #146 is at the top of Fletcher Canyon, and can be used to access Cockscomb Ridge, Fletcher Peak, or even Mount Charleston itself. A one way shuttle hike to the Mahogany Grove picnic area, or Hilltop campground, would be about 7.5 mi. and 3200 AEG.

Fletcher Canyon Trail is quite popular, even on mid-week work days, so don't expect isolation, only beautiful mountains and much cooler temperatures. :-)

kingsnake
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Head north on US-95. Four miles north of NV-215, just after US-95 changes from freeway to divided highway, stay left. At the first intersection, turn left onto Kyle Canyon Rd. (NV-157). The road climbs steadily from 2800 ft. to 6900 ft. In 18 miles, just a mile past the resort, turn left into the Fletcher Canyon trailhead. The village of Mount Charleston is another three miles, but there is no gas station. The nearest gas stations to Mount Charleston are, 2.5 miles south of NV-157, a Mobil on Farm Rd. and, 3.5 miles north of NV-157, a Chevron on the Paiute Reservation. If you drive a gas guzzler, and are low on fuel. don’t expect to make 21 miles (each way) to Mount Charleston on fumes.
    page created by kingsnake on Jun 13 2017 10:23 am
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