Mary Jane Falls Trail follows a closed-off road through an area that used to be a campground. It passes three roads that fork to the left. Keep straight and to the right. The trail travels through tall ponderosa pines, white fir, aspens, and mountain mahogany. As the last one-third mile ascends steep switchbacks, one gets impressive views of the opposite side of the canyon. Early in the winter season water can be seen flowing down Big Falls. Below the southern ridge of the canyon are twisted limestone strata thrust up 50 million years ago. Two springs cascade down steep-terraced cliff walls at Mary jane Falls. There are two caves with water dripping across their entrances near the bottom. The best time to view the falls is early in the season. The best time to see the caves is in the summer after the ice has melted.
Directions: From Las Vegas, Travel north on U.S. Highway 95, then take State Route 157 west. On State Route 157, travel 2 miles west of the ranger station to Echo Road. After traveling .35 mile, take the left fork off Echo Road and continue up until the road ends.
Elevation: 7,840 feet
Ending Elevation: 8,880 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,040 feet
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