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Fletcher Canyon - Spring Mountains, NV

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Rated  Favorite Wish List NV > Vegas
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
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
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 83
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Trips 637 map ( 5,893 miles )
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Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Preferred   Sep, Jun, May, Aug
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:25am - 5:49pm
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by kingsnake

Likely In-Season!
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. :-)

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2017-06-26 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.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Fletcher Canyon - Spring Mountains
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    Was wondering why my Fletcher Canyon, Nevada, description had not posted after a week. So, I checked the forum. Now I understand. ---<--<-@


    My wife Bernie and I were in Las Vegas to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lisbon Lions winning the European Cup in 1967 at a convention hosted by the North American Federation of Celtic Supporters clubs at the Westgate Resort & Casino. (The guy who owns Westgate is the same befuddled octogenerian featured with his trophy wife in the “Queen of Versailles” documentary.)

    We arrived at the Fletcher Canyon trailhead, 18 miles from US-95, low on fuel. My wife and I discussed what to do. Eventually, I hit on the idea of calling AAA, of which we are both members. Get this: AAA won’t help you if you are so low on fuel you won’t make it to the nearest gas station. AAA wants you to actually run out first. :x

    The second time I called AAA, I lied. 8-[

    I spent some time searching the Fletcher Spring area, but never found the source. I did, however, find a small cave covered with “modern petroglyphs”. [-(

    On my way up canyon, I passed a group of talkative young adults (with selfie stick), and saw two pairs of hikers already heading back. I saw a plastic-topped coffee cup laying on the ground, which I picked up. It seeped coffee on my hand. One of those couples dropped it.

    Thank you for your contributions to nature’s beauty.

    I finally found water about 500 yards above Fletcher Spring. On the topo, there is an unnamed spring symbol. Pouring over a small boulder, the flow was light but quite audible. The water soaked into the sand at the bottom the spill.

    As I settled in to take more pictures, the talkative young adults caught up to me. I said, “Hey, I don’t mind you talking, but if you could give me 30 seconds of quiet to film the ‘falls’, I would appreciate it.” They agreed … and were quiet for maybe 10 seconds. :--:

    Rather than cause a scene, I sat back against the canyon wall to relax, while they explored — and talked, and talked, and talked some more — above the spill. After about 30 minutes they finally started back down canyon and, as a gesture of goodwill, I took a group photo of them. :)

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    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.
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