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Recorded on iPhone 12 Pro with Gaia GPS for iOS

Lower Bristlecone to Upper Bristlecone Loop

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6.4 mi
2 hrs 1 min
Moving Time
22:25 min/mi
  • 2 hrs 23 min
    Total Time
  • 21 min
    Stopped Time
  • 3.1 mph
    Moving Speed
  • 2.7 mph
    Avg Speed
  • 965 ft
  • 960 ft
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Parked in Lower Bristlecone Parking lot and started there (going counter clockwise) based on another review that said it is a more pleasing route. I concur. For ~3.2 miles the path is man-made, wide, loose rock (not too bad) and up hill, but not too bad and know there is forest all around with beautiful views. Then you hit what seemed to be the connection off the two trails and the route/path turns into what one would expect from Mt. Charleston (you are within trees on a less smooth trail but still very well marked). I am a trekking pole user and they came in handy for balance, agility and ease on the body, highly recommend but not necessary). From that ~3.2 point there is the decent that ends as the Lee Canyon ski area where one just needs to walk along Route 156 for ~.5-.75 miles where you will end up at the Lower Bristlecone parking lot. This hike is noted/rated as Moderate, but I would say for anyone that is in decent shape (can walk without issue) this is Easy-Moderate, although if you pick up the pace you can make it as difficult as you wish. Elevation is high (Mt. Charleston) so if you aren't used to 8000ft+ elevations be careful. That being said it is a lovely loop that you should enjoy.