7301 Grand Montecito Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV
Ice Box Canyon will be too hot this month, so instead, we're going up to Mary Jane Falls. Mary Jane Falls is a trail we've adopted at Mt. Charleston.
Hike: Mary Jane Falls - up & back
Trailhead: Mary Jane Falls parking lot - marked
Distance: 3.5 miles round trip.
Elevation gain: 900 feet
Elevation peak: 8,400 feet
Time: 3 hours
Danger level: tripping on loose rocks here and there but its all trail.
How easy to follow: easy
Remember that because this is a cleanup hike, we'll be going at a slow pace.
The falls will likely be dry, but it's still a nice hike and view. We will also explore a cave about 100 yards beyond the falls. It should take us about 3 hours for the entire hike depending on how long we hang out at Mary Jane Falls. Be sure to budget an additional half hour each way from our meeting place at the RTC to the trailhead.
The trail begins at a leisurely pace, winding through ponderosa pines and aspens. As we head northwest, the trail leads into a huge canyon. Looking south, we can see the cliffs that hide Big Falls, the most spectacular waterfall in Mt. Charleston. As we proceed up the trail, more of Kyle Canyon comes into view. The dozen or so switchbacks (back and forth trails which ascend up an incline) will take us up to and along the north canyon wall. The trail continues to climb, then heads directly toward Mary Jane Falls.
If you'd like to meet us at the trailhead, take US 95 north and turn left onto State Route 157 toward Mt. Charleston. Turn right onto Echo Drive near the end of Kyle Canyon, just before the hairpin turn. Drive just under half a mile on Echo Drive and turn left at the sign for Mary Jane Falls. We should find abundant parking at the trailhead.
Bring lots of water and snacks for yourself, sunblock, sunglasses and dress appropriately ~ be sure to bring a jacket in case of rain...it tends to be 20-30 degrees cooler up there.
Mt. Charleston weather
For more information on Mary Jane Falls, refer to the following link: