The trail travels up a canyon through tall pondersosa pine, aspen, mountain mahogany, and currants. A number of small caves dot the limestone walls along the way. After following an old road for 1.2 miles it narrows down to a foot trail. Eventually the trail climbs out of the canyon, heading toward the northern point of Cockscomb Ridge where it reaches the junction of North Loop Trail. The trail to the left leads to Charleston Peak. About a half-mile up from the junction is a popular campsite where a cave-like ledge is used as a sleeping shelter. There is also a spring which runs into a horse trough which has been carved out of a large log. The trail to the right leads to Deer Creek Highway.
Directions: From Las Vegas, Travel north on U.S. Highway 95, then take State Route 157 west. Travel 2.1 miles west of the ranger station on state highway 157. When the highway curves left, keep going straight onto Echo Road. After traveling .35 mile, turn right at the fork, remaining on Echo Road. Continue a short distance further until it makes a right U-turn, becoming Crestview Drive. The trailhead and parking area are located on the left side of the curve.
Elevation: 7,800 feet
Ending Elevation: 9,300 feet
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada
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