To escape the blistering Las Vegas summer heat, we ventured up Mt. Charleston to hike the Bristlecone Trail. Temperatures average 25-degrees cooler up on Mt. Charleston (this hike begins at 8,000′ elevation) and is a great way to still be outdoors in the middle of the summer.
The Bristlecone Trail is a short kid-friendly hike. We recommend starting at the upper trail head (at the top of the Las Vegas Ski Resort parking lot) and hike up to the lookout point and then back down… the second half of the loop is an old gravel road and not very scenic. The total distance of this hike if you were to hike the entire loop is 6 miles.
The ski lifts are open (even in the summer) and you can take your kids to the top of the lifts and stroll back down the mountain. If you get hungry, there is a cafe by the ski lifts that is open daily and serves appetizers and bar food.
Be advised, the hike begins at 8,000′ and the altitude may cause some people breathing difficulties. Keep an eye on the weather forecast because afternoon thunderstorms are common during the summer months.
Photos courtesy of Trail Sherpa.