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2018-11-15  
Raintree North Loop Trail, NV
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Raintree North Loop Trail, NV 
Raintree North Loop Trail, NV
 
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2018
markthurman53
Hiking5.64 Miles 2,070 AEG
Hiking5.64 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   1.85 mph
2,070 ft AEG      54 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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I have been threatening for a couple years to visit some friends in Las Vegas and they promised a little hiking. This last week I finally made good on my promise and they kept their part on the hiking. The first hike was just north of Las Vegas in the Humbold – Toiyabe National Forest in the Spring Mountain Range in the Mount Charleston Wilderness. The trail was along the North Loop Trail on a portion called the Raintree Trail. The destination of this approximately 3 miles one way hike is a saddle at 10,000 feet where the largest bristle cone pine in the world resides (this is the claim but I couldn’t confirm it). This tree is 3000 years old and is truly magnificent.

The trail gains about 2000 feet in the 3 miles along what I thought was a really well maintained trail. The write-ups on the hike claim this is strenuous but I thought it was not too bad, a steady uphill with good trail conditions makes it a good workout but not strenuous. Maybe that’s just because after hiking in the Supes and the Mazzies you have a different perspective on strenuous. Very beautiful hike through pine, fir and eventually Bristle cone pine. Every bend in the trail led to more OHHs and AHHs. There are very good views of Vegas, Lake Mead and the Sheep Range to the north along most of this hike. Mount Charleston at 11,900 feet is also visible from this trail, Mummy Mountain is the dominant ridge visible through most of this hike.

Once at the Raintree we took our break and admired the tree along with the views. We did not go the extra .3 miles to Mummy Spring (wish I had). While there were no posted warnings at the tree it is a good idea to stay off the exposed roots around the tree and when you are this old you probably don’t want people climbing all over you. Some of the write ups on this hike on the internet give similar warnings. This was a really great hike and I think the fall was a good time to go unless you are into snow and ice. Spring might be too early and if in the summer watch for times of lightning.
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