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Mary Jane Falls

  • Difficulty
  • 5.2km
  • 278m
  • 1.25-1.75h
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This popular trail leads slowly up to a small waterfall in the heart of the Mt. Charleston Valley. From this vantage point you will have fantastic views up the face of Charleston Peak, all from the secluded amphitheatre that has formed around the falls.

Getting there

From Las Vegas follow Route 95 North until just after you pass the city limits. From here watch out for Nevada 157, with signs towards Mt. Charleston. Turn left here to continue along this gradually climbing road for just over 20 miles. Nearing the end of Route 157 you will turn right onto Echo Rd., with signs pointing towards Mary Jane Falls and Trail Canyon. Turn into the Trail Canyon parking lot then follow the dirt road that leads from it towards the Mary Jane parking lot.

elevation

Total Gain: 278m

About

Type of Hike Out and Back
Crowd Levels High
Route Signage Excellent
Toilets At Trailhead
Family Friendly Yes
Backcountry Campgrounds None
When to Do Spring and Fall, avoid summer heat

 Detailed Description

From the trailhead, find the wide path that starts ascending gradually. As the trail continues, the grade will slowly increase. You will hike deeper into the valley before starting to switchback up its right side. Your final destination is the visible cliff band up above.

The trail is mostly loose gravel, so take care on the steeper switchbacks! Don’t cut the switchbacks, as this causes huge trail erosion and makes the trail very difficult to maintain. After reaching the cliff band, the route will start to traverse to the left, and shortly you will arrive at the Mary Jane Falls.

Mary Jane Falls is a stunning, small waterfall situated in a wonderful rocky amphitheatre. There is usually plenty of shade, which makes it a nice place to stop and relax after the hike up! You will also have fantastic views up to Charleston Peak, and its steep, craggy east aspect.

After taking a nice long break return the way you came, take extreme care on the way down!

Insider Hints

  • This hike can be very snowy in the early season. Phone the visitor centre before committing to the drive from Las Vegas.
  • This trail is open to dogs.