TELEPHONE CANYON, NV
Trail Rating: 2 (Click for ratings scale)
Distance: Approximately 4 miles
Vehicle Types: Off-Road Vehicles, Dirtbikes, ATV's, UTV's
Notes: We used to take the Telephone Canyon Trail quite frequently. Mostly because it's so easily accessed and a quick afternoon trail run. But within the last year or two, the last half of the trail has experienced a lot of wear from flash floods and has quite a bit of overgrowth, making it more difficult to navigate without damage to your vehicle. That said, it's a fun, fast trail run. There are a couple of decent camp sites along the Telephone Canyon Trail that would be good for a small group. In the winter, it can get quite icy and there are some washed out, narrow portions of the trail, that you'd want to exercise caution on especially in that situation.
You can access the trail at the fire station on Kyle Canyon Road, just before the round-about as you're heading up to Mount Charleston. It's about a 25 minute drive from Las Vegas, Nevada and 15-20 degrees cooler in temperature. The Telephone Canyon Trail is shared with avid mountain bikers, so be cautious and courteous when crossing their trails. It's common to see mountain lion tracks on this trail and we had an interesting encounter with someone we'll call the "wildman", whom we suppose lives remotely in the trees on the Telephone Canyon Trail.
Extra Notes: There are several Mountain Biking trails that cross the Telephone Canyon Trail. Be cautious and on the look out for Mountain Bikers.
Trail conditions are always changing, so be careful out there and TREAD LIGHTLY. Leave no trace. Pack in. Pack out.
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