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Overview: Moderately visited peak about a mile off the popular North Loop Trail in the Spring Mountains.
Hike: From the North Loop Trailhead on Deer Creek Rd, head up the North Loop Trail. Elevation gain begins immediately as you travel through the pines. The trail heads west, then south for the first mile. After about a mile, the trail turns west again as it switchbacks up to a nice viewpoint. Limestone abounds, as you enjoy the views in all directions. Mummy Mountain looms to the west, and the northern Vegas Valley is visible to the east.
Continue following North Loop Trail to the southwest as it switchbacks steeply uphill. The pines transition from Ponderosa over to Bristlecone and Limber. The trail traverses to the east of Bristlecone Peak and rises to 10,000'. At this point, you can see Fletcher Peak to your south, and the saddle and trail to Fletcher in the distance to the southwest. From here, the trail turns sharply to the right and gradually loses some elevation as it drops down to the turnoff for Fletcher Peak.
The turnoff is not signed but is approx 2.60 miles into the hike. At this intersection, North Loop continues to the right, while the route to Fletcher turns sharply to the left. While not an official trail, the route is distinct and easy to follow. Head south, gradually losing elevation again as you drop to the saddle. Views of Griffith and Charleston open up to your right. At the saddle, continue south-southeast as you climb the final 400' to the summit.
The last quarter mile is quite steep as you follow the trail up tight switchbacks through the limestone. First, you'll reach West Fletcher, which has great views in all directions, and a register at the highest spot in the rocks. There are plenty of places to sit and catch your breath, but, you haven't reached the true summit yet. The short distance between West Fletcher and East Fletcher is the only off-trail portion of the hike. From the rocks, carefully pick your way down to the east as you head over to East Fletcher and the true summit of the mountain. Once through the rocks, which are only difficult for about 40', head up on a faint trail to the summit, which is easy to find, just walk to the highest spot. Views from East Fletcher are limited due to the trees, and you'll want to head back over to West Fletcher for the better views and places to rest.
Once done, you can retrace your steps back to the trailhead. There is a couple of hundred feet of elevation gain on your way back down, but once you get around the east side of Bristlecone Mountain, the last couple of miles are all downhill.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.