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Fletcher Canyon Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (14)

A moderately steep climb leading to an interesting slot canyon, spring, and small seasonal waterfall.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

76%

Runnable

8,000' 2,438 m

High

6,981' 2,128 m

Low

1,019' 311 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Spring · Waterfall

Need to Know

Fletcher Canyon, and the rest of Mt. Charleston, towers over a mile above the Las Vegas Valley. The altitude change can catch unwary visitors by surprise; come prepared for the thinner air and potential for quickly changing weather.

It is essential to check the weather before visiting Mt. Charleston. Snow may still be present when the heat reaches the triple digits in Las Vegas and can obscure the trail. During warmer months, avoid visiting during the hotter parts of the day, particularly if visiting Eagle's Nest Trail, which offers little tree cover.

While Fletcher Canyon is not as susceptible to flash flooding as other mountainous or desert areas, the slot canyon section should still be avoided if thunderstorms are forecast.

Parking can fill fast, especially when the weather is nice, so plan on arriving early if possible.

Runner Notes

While Fletcher Canyon is an accessible and fairly popular out-and-back for hikers, the relentless climb with few level areas to rest make it a challenge for runners.

During snowy months, the trail can be hard to follow.

Description

Fletcher Canyon begins across the street from a parking area, with a kiosk at the base displaying a local map. It runs as a comfortably wide packed dirt path, scattered with a few small, smooth rocks throughout. The terrain isn't particularly technical, making it accessible for most visitors.

The trail climbs for its entire length, but the grade stays fairly manageable for the first mile. The initial segment takes a turn toward the northwest just before the quarter mile point, where it will cross and then follow either a burbling creek or a dry wash, depending on the time of year. Shortly thereafter, a sign marks the starting point for Eagle's Nest Trail, a nice way to add mileage for runners wanting to extend their time in the area.

From here, the trail changes little as the canyon walls slowly close in, eventually entering the Mt. Charleston Wilderness Area. Rxhers will cross the creek/wash a few more times, and the climb becomes quite steep as it nears Fletcher Spring and the canyon wall at the mile and a half point.

Some depictions of the trail end here, but runners willing to explore will find that the path continues a little further, passing through two narrow slot canyons. Some light scrambling may be needed, and use caution in wet conditions. Snow can last into May in this shaded area.

The last segment of the trail turns north as the canyon walls close to just a few feet across. A small seasonal waterfall can be found here, depending on snowmelt. A number of boulders, colloquially known as Obstruction Rock, marks the end of the trail.

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Brendan Ross

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Deep snow makes for a unique experience along the Fletcher Canyon Trail.
Feb 27, 2017 near Pahrump, NV
Toward the top is where you enter the narrows.
Jun 23, 2017 near Pahrump, NV
While it can be hot at the trailhead, once you're in the canyon it becomes much cooler.
Jun 23, 2017 near Pahrump, NV
You can get by with normal boots/shoes on the Fletcher Canyon Trail in late February.
Feb 27, 2017 near Pahrump, NV
Many beautiful snowmelt streams form along the Fletcher Canyon Trail in late February.
Feb 27, 2017 near Pahrump, NV
An east-west mountain ridge separates the Fletcher Canyon Trail from Hwy 157.
Feb 27, 2017 near Pahrump, NV

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