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Nevada > Mount Charleston
Trails, Activities and Viewpoints
The best viewpoints in the Spring Mountains, together with many of the trailheads and picnic areas, are along the 9 miles of NV 158 (Deer Creek Highway), connecting the two entry roads. At Desert View, reached by a very short path, a huge area of the valley far below can be seen, framed by distant peaks of the Sheep and Las Vegas ranges, though such long-distance outlooks are often partly obscured by haze and pollution. Nearby is the Hilltop campground, one of six main camping areas, again with nice views of desert lands to the east. Just south of here, a short path leads along a narrow, shady canyon to Robbers Roost Cave, quite a large opening in the limestone cliffs. More trails start along Kyle Canyon Road around Mount Charleston Village, most strenuous being the 8.3 mile hike to the summit itself, along the South Loop Trail. Other good routes hereabouts are the 1.2 mile path to seasonal Mary Jane Falls (with an optional side trip, partly off-trail, to nearby Big Falls), the relatively easy 2 mile hike along overgrown Fletcher Canyon to an impressive limestone narrows section, and the steep, 2 mile climb up Trail Canyon. The ski center in Lee Canyon (Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort) has four chairlifts and a longest ski run of 2,000 feet, down the north face of Charleston Peak. The area is quite small and the skiing generally easy, but the center receives a fair amount of visitors in winter, as it is by far the closest ski resort to Las Vegas (45 miles) - the next nearest is Brian Head in Utah, over 200 miles away.
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