CHAMPION RD, NV
Trail Rating: 1 (Click for ratings scale)
Distance: Approximately 1.5 miles
ehicle Types: Off-Road Vehicles
Notes: As you drive up Lee Canyon Road towards the ski resort on Mount Charleston, just 30 minutes north of Las Vegas, Nevada, the Champion Road Trail is on your left (Sawmill Trail Picnic Area is across the road). In the summertime, the Champion Road Trail is the perfect place to escape the Las Vegas heat. Temperatures are typically 20-30 degrees cooler and the trail is often in the shadows of Mount Charleston. There are several off-grid camp sites along the trail, however, they fill quickly in the summer so arrive early to secure a spot. Wood burning fires are prohibited throughout the majority of the year, however propane fire pits and stoves are allowed. They do patrol the area and assess a hefty fine for visitors that disregard the fire ban rules. As a simple solution, we went to REI and purchased an affordable propane fire pit that we take camping everywhere. It provides just as much heat and is fun to gather around and cook over, but protects nature and prevents forest fires. We highly recommend you look into that option for camping as well!
Should you choose to forego camping and go off-roading on the Champion Road Trail instead, it's a fairly easy trail to navigate. The trail does get narrow and is washed out in places, especially closer to Lee Canyon Road, but it's got some incredible canyon views and has several spots to get out and explore on foot. You'll often see wild bucks, horses and even red fox and elk, most commonly at dusk. They do wander towards the highway, so keep an extra eye out for them when it's nearing dark.
Trail conditions are always changing, so be careful out there and TREAD LIGHTLY. Leave no trace. Pack in. Pack out.
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