There's more to Las Vegas than just bright lights and $8.99 surf-and-turf specials. Just 45 miles north of town, immerse yourself in the spectacular natural beauty of the area by hiking to Mary Jane Falls. This moderately strenuous, out-and-back trail culminates at a 50-foot waterfall (and several caves) and offers views of the regal Mount Charleston.
The well-marked trail starts by winding through a deep canyon lined with ponderosa pines, mountain mahogany, white fir, and aspens. Around mile 0.75, the trail delves into a series of sharp switchbacks that offer magnificent views of Kyle Canyon.
Following the switchbacks, gray limestone cliffs form the backdrop for Mary Jane Falls, which are fed by springs and snow. Though the falls are most vibrant in early spring, it's best to explore the caves once the snow has melted in the summer.
Even miles away from Las Vegas, it's likely you'll run into other groups on this well-traveled trail. And though hikers of all fitness levels can complete the hike, be prepared for the challenge of climbing nearly 1,000 feet in under two miles. Expect cooler weather beginning in October, and look out for snow and ice on the trail during the winter and early spring.
-Mapped by Chelise Simmons
- Distance: 5.6
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Follow gravel service road from behind trailhead past a water station.
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This is where dirt road leads to thinner path.
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Dried up creek bed is on your left. Mummy Mountain comes into view as does Aspen covered hillside to the West.
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Trail crosses over the dry creek bed which now stays on your right.
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Trail intersects with dry creek bed. Stay straight.
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Path veers to the right through trees burnt in a fire.
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Trail begins to snake into gentle switchbacks.
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Trail Canyon trail reaches a saddle to merge with North Loop. Head West towards Cave Springs. On your way back down, briefly head East from here for views of Kyle Canyon.
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Trail veers off steeply to the right for a quick scramble up to the Cave.
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Cave Springs. Turn back here or continue West on North Loop Trail towards Charleston Peak (11,918 ft) which you can see South West from here.
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Views South into Kyle Canyon. From here head back to the trail intersection and down to the trailhead.
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Looking Back Towards Griffith Peak
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Looking Back Down Canyon at Charleston Peak
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Limestone Rock Faces & Aspens
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Mummy Mountain Ahead
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Enter burnt tree area
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Aspen Covered Mountain Face
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View Towards Kyle Canyon
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View Down Kyle Canyon
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Mummy Mountain Looms
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Burnt Forest Affords Terrific Views
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Thick Forest of Aspens
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