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Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
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Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead

Upper Bristlecone Trailhead is located up in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (also known as Mt. Charleston), about 1-1/4 hours northwest of Las Vegas.

From town, drive north on Highway 95 to Lee Canyon Road (Highway 156; Table 1, Site 0668). Turn left onto Lee Canyon Road and drive 17.6 miles west towards the ski area. Upper Bristlecone Trailhead is located at the very end of Lee Canyon Road.

Link to Trailhead Map.

Upper Bristlecone Trailhead

Upper Bristlecone Trailhead can also be reached from Kyle Canyon. From town, drive north on Highway 95 to Kyle Canyon Road (Highway 157; Table 1, Site 0667). Turn left onto Kyle Canyon Road and drive west for 17.1 miles to Deer Creek Road (Highway 158; Site 0727), which is just past the Mt. Charleston Resort. Turn right onto Deer Creek Road and drive north to a T-intersection with Lee Canyon Road (Site 1272). Turn left onto Lee Canyon Road and continue west to the end of the road.

Upper Bristlecone Trailhead provides access to the Bristlecone Loop Trail, Bonanza Trail, and various routes to places such as the summit of Mt. Charleston from the back side.

Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Approaching the end of Lee Canyon Rd: Lee Canyon Ski Area
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
End of Lee Canyon Rd: Upper Bristlecone Trailhead parking
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
End of Lee Canyon Rd: Upper Bristlecone Trailhead parking
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead parking
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead sign
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead information sign
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Start of the Bristlecone Loop Trail
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Start of the Bristlecone Loop Trail
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Grand scenery: Mummy Mountain (view E)
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Grand Scenery: The Sisters Peaks (view N)
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead during winter
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead during winter
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead during winter
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead during winter
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Parking Area scenery: Upper Lee Canyon with snow (view W)
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Parking Area scenery: Trailhead sign with snow (view SW)
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Parking Area scenery: Mummy Mountain with snow (view SE)
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Parking Area scenery: Mummy Mountain with snow (view SE)
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Parking Area scenery: The Sisters (view N)
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Parking Area scenery: Mummy Mountain (view SE)
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead
Upper Bristlecone Trailhead in 2002
more to come ...

Table 1. Highway Coordinates based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0550 Bristlecone Trailhead Parking, Lower 618831 4019171 36.31204 115.67635 8,483 Yes
0556 Bristlecone Trailhead Parking, Upper 618761 4018542 36.30638 115.67724 8,684 Yes
0667 Hwy 95 at Hwy 157 651544 4021405 36.32758 115.31167 2,820 Yes
0668 Hwy 95 at Hwy 156 637320 4037799 36.47747 115.46718 3,300 Yes
0727 Kyle Cyn Rd at Deer Creek Rd 625575 4013970 36.26431 115.60209 6,800 Yes
1272 Lee Canyon Rd at Deer Creek Rd 621017 4022368 36.34059 115.65152 7,799 GPS
1276 Lee Canyon Rd at Lower Bristlecone Trailhead Rd 618836 4019047 36.31092 115.67632 8,396 GPS

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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