Fletcher Canyon Trail Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||3.4 miles (5.5 km)|
|Hike Time||1:30 - 2 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||980 feet (299m)|
|Highest Elevation||7,841 feet (2390m)|
|Fees & Permits||Parking Fee|
|Park Contact||Spring Mountains National Recreation Area|
The Fletcher Canyon Trail is a beautiful hike nestled in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness Area, within an hour of the Las Vegas Strip. The hike is a gradual uphill through a pine forest along a (mainly dormant) stream and ends in Fletcher Canyon, a beautiful slot canyon with 200 feet walls, water-polished rocks, and great views of Mummy Mountain. The hike is uphill but relatively easy, and is good for all levels of hikers and families too.
How to Get to Fletcher Canyon Trail
The Fletcher Canyon Trailhead is in the Mount Charleston area, about 45 minutes from downtown Las Vegas. The drive to the trailhead is spectacular as you transition from the desert to the alpine scenery of Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.
Use this trailhead address: Fletcher Canyon Trailhead, Mt Charleston, NV, 89124.
The trailhead parking is on the left shortly after you pass the intersection with Rt 158.
There is plenty of parking but it does fill up quickly on weekends.
Gear For the Hike
This is a mellow hike and you don’t need any special hiking gear here, but hiking boots will definitely help. Fitness or casual outdoor clothing will suffice in pinch. Bring at least 1L of water. In the winter there can be snow, in the summer it can get very hot (but not as hot as Vegas which is a few thousand feet below).
Here’s the gear that I personally use, have tested, and recommend for this hike*.
Good for light and more hardcore hikes. Feels like a sneaker but protects like a hiking boot.
This is a super-light and comfortable backpack that can hold everything you need on a hike, including a hydration bladder. It also works great as a general backpack or carry-on.
Make your photos stand out by using this lightweight, do-anything tripod. The Joby attaches your smartphone to trees, rocks, whatever you can find on the trail. Folds down compactly too.
Make sure you have all the right gear before hitting the trail!.HikingGuy Best Gear List
* No company pays me to promote or push a product, all the gear you see here is gear I use and recommend. If you click an REI link and buy gear, I get a small commission that helps offset website expenses. There is no cost to you.
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Fletcher Canyon Trail Hike Directions
Do not attempt this hike if there are thunderstorms in the forecast. Flash floods can wash down Fletcher Canyon quickly.
There can be water running in the stream depending on when you’re here. Generally it’s only in the upper reaches of the canyon/hike if at all.
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