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Raintree via North Loop

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Steep climb to oldest living thing in Nevada, Bristlecone pine named Raintree
Near:Las Vegas, NV
Distance:6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1700 ft
Hike Time:3.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: Steep switchbacks and the altitude will test your endurance on this hike. Views of surrounding peaks and valleys should make it worth while. If the views don't impress you, perhaps the magical feeling of walking underneath the Bristlecone Pines will. These trees have been living here since before the Roman Empire and deserve our love and respect -- there is an "Alice in Wonderland", or surreal feeling about this hike. If you travel quietly (sunrise or sunset), you could see deer, and perhaps mountain lion tracks. If there has been snow, the trail may be impassable, even through May. The trail is extremely well marked and easy to follow -- just keep climbing. Downhill is a breeze. Once you're at Raintree, it's only 1/3 mile to Mummy Springs (trailhead/sign at Raintree). Please respect the Bristlecones (as well as the other trees) and do NOT remove or deface them in any way, even dead braches lying on the ground. Forested hike with ponderosa pine and white fir.
Trailhead: I-15 N from Las Vegas to 95 N towards Reno, W on SR 157 (Mt. Charleston - Kyle Canyon) to SR 158 (Deer Springs Rd.), 4 miles to turnout and trailhead on L (W) side of hwy., (past Hilltop Campground). Raintree (the Bristlecone Pine, oldest living thing in Nevada) is located at the trailhead to Mummy Spring, along the North Loop Trail. The hike to Raintree described herein is only a portion of the North Loop trail, and can also be reached via the Trail Canyon trail to Mummy Springs. If you are taking horses/mules on this trail, you'd be better off parking your truck/trailer at the archery range parking (N of trailhead, on SR 158); or even in Lee Canyon (beware of crossing the hwy on horseback, drivers don't pay attention because of the magnificent view). There is also a nearby wild horse trail coming from Deer Creek which somewhat parallels and meets the North Loop trail. You'll know when you reach Raintree -- it is the largest Bristlecone around and is well-signed. (Lat:36.3091 Lon:-115.61243)
Trail Guides for Raintree via North Loop:
USFS free trail guide handout for Spring Mtns (pickup at visitor center Kyle Canyon)
by Spring Mountains Natl Rec Area  (USFS and USFWS)

Hiking Around Las Vegas
by Jim Boone (Jim L. Boone)

120 Best Hikes in Southern Nevada and Beyond (CD)
by Branch Whitney (Branch Whitney)

Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: USFS - Humboldt-Toiyabe NF, Spring Mtn. NRA (702) 515-5400, emerg (702) 872-5306
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kat Green, who has posted  86 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Debster707 on 7/30/2013
It started out sunny but quickly became overcast, rainy and chilly out. It went from about 80 degrees to about 57 degrees within an hour! It was foggy too so it made the Bristlecone Pine Trees look like a scene from an enchanted forest! The strenuous 6 mile round trip hike took 3.5 hours and has an elevation gain of 1,700 feet so I was really feeling it on Sunday AND Monday! It was like doing lunges all the way up the mountain (10,000 feet at the top)...

Reviewed by Sarah Jane on 6/9/2013
I did this hike in flip flops. That's not to say it's easy, but for those of us who hate wearing real shoes, you should know that this hike can be done without them :) It was 110 degrees in Vegas the day I did this...but the temp on the trail was PERFECT! Instead of detouring to Mummy Springs, we went the other way to Fletcher Peak (another 30 min or so of fairly strenuous uphill).

Reviewed by Nauvlet on 8/6/2010
Nice hike, we did this hike in preparation for Griffith Peak in a few weeks. We are new to hiking but enjoyed the hike. The air at Raintree is very thin but what a view.Very well marked trail.

Reviewed by IZ on 7/8/2010
Great hike to start getting in shape for the longer tougher ones.

Reviewed by Daniel on 6/10/2010
Something ethereal about the hike, let alone meeting Raintree. The journey and the destination are equally remarkable and awe-inspiring. To touch Raintree is to touch history and to be reminded of how short human life is.

Reviewed by Brent on 7/7/2009
The elevation and switchbacks will test ones endurance but the smell of pine and the fresh air at this elevation is remarkable and refreshing. Raintree is a wonderful site to see. This is a great hike to Raintree and the springs, which are very close by.

Reviewed by BW on 7/28/2006
Very nice hike.....good workout. On the ascent GPS peaked at 10,000 ft just before short descent to Raintree. Very impressive Brislecone forest along the trail at the higher elevations.

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