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Mary Jane Falls Trail
Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

The Mary Jane Falls hike curls you through the beautiful alpine woods of Mt.Charleston. Hikers work their way up the mountain via a series of switchbacks that ultimately end into an opening with the Waterfall. This hike is definitely a workout. But the views are worth the physical effort. Once you reach the Falls there is plenty of room to sit and enjoy the natural beauty. Pack a light lunch or some snacks and a couple of bottles of water per person. Definitely wear hiking shoes or boots. There are some gravel areas that might be slick for sneakers. The round trip is approximately 3 miles. Have fun!!

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Reviewed 15 December 2013 via mobile

So beautiful during all seasons. Iced water falls to beautiful followers during spring. Cool in the summer

3  Thank Ramiro C
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

The Mary Jane trail head/parking lot can serve as a jump off point for serveral activities. You can access several climbing walls from here (Universal, Sesame Street, Walla Walla) and you can access a couple of great hikes (Big Falls, Hidden Falls, and Mary Jane Falls). The MJF hike is a pretty nice leg stretcher that will be around 3 mile round trip with an elevation gain of 800-1200 feet. Don't forget to walk past the water and around the opposing wall to check out a nice shallow cave. Big Falls is off trail and into an area that is not monitored by the forest service. Take the MJF trail up until the switch backs start and then drop into the wash. Follow the wash around and into the valley. The time of year you visit will dictate the level of danger and difficulty you encounter. Post winter thaw will yield a hike of scrambling over rock and fallen trees, pre winter thaw will involve hiking over precarious ice pack. I can't stress the importance of vigilance during this scenario. If you are not paying attention you will have no idea you are even walking on ice. The floods/avalanches usually keep the pack covered so you wont notice until you have already been on it for a while. The pack is prone to collapse in several spots and when it happens its extremely loud and destructive, be careful. Once you wrap around you are treated to a great area to picnic and a quite enjoyable view of a slightly wider than streamlined waterfall. At this point if you are fealing a bit adventerous you can climb up around the left side of the wall (left, as you face the waterfall) and continue up to Hidden Falls. During the pre thaw months once you climb up and over the wall you will be negotiating an incline of around 30 degrees over ice pack for several hundred yards. Grab a stick along the way to add some friction to your ascent. What you need to be mindful of during this period of your hike is the fact that you might be walking directly over a crevace covered by ice that serves to bring the water from Hidden Falls to Big Falls. Depending on the structure of that years weather you may encounter ice caves. If you view the pictures I posted you will notice they are fairly large. Be very careful, most of the time the caves are tied directly to the waterfall due to the fact that its the water that creates them so there will be a high chance of hidden drop offs once inside the cave. At the top you will be treated to a quiet and serene view. Enjoy!

5  Thank Ken B
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

This is a great hike... the waterfall was barely falling but its such a beautiful hike and has a little cave at the end of if. You can see all the beauty of the mountains and breath fresh air. Its such a short drive from Vegas, that you can stay in Vegas and drive up in the morning do a nice hike and be back for dinner. It is a steep climb it took us over an hour but take your time enjoy the surroundings

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Reviewed 20 August 2012

For its tranquility and gigantic, quiet waterfalls high above 9500ft elevation, MaryJane Falls is probably the most popular hiking trails in Las Vegas for locals and tourists of all ages, including toddlers, seniors (some with walking canes), pets...! 
My wife and I hike there often. An early afternoon a few days ago, we had another wonderful, slow hike on MaryJane. In our mid-hike, we heard occasional thunders and saw a few lightnings, even felt a few rain drops, but the encouraging laughters of other hikers and the occasional sunshine kept us moving upward, and we all were handsomely rewarded! The sky did clear up 15 min later, with beautiful sunshine and cool breezes, for rest if the afternoon!

We had a quiet, relaxing picnic on the top, with the backdrop of the waterfall gently trickling down the cliff to the open area below, and a breathtaking view of the vast, green valley yonder... not to mention a large, intriguing cave (see pic) some 100yds from the waterfalls, that invited exploring! Paradise in the Las Vegas desert! What desert?! 
- Please note that in general MaryJane Fall is NOT, as what one would imagine, a gushing waterfall with large column of water splasing down the mountain, but rather only a sheet of slow water tricking almost invisibly down the WET face of the huge cliff, but it's manificent and awe-inspiring, nevertheless!
- By the way, one day in early June a few years back, probably due to a heavy rainfall a few days before, and perhaps also because of the melting snow, we actually did see water splashing, among some icicles, streaming down onto a column of melting snow and ice below! What an incredible sight it was! We were very lucky indeed!

Although this trail is rated Easy/Moderate, it could be strenuous to some, with some 800+ft vertical gain, over a 1.7mi ONE WAY distance, especially with its last 0.25mi of steeper climb over a series of stone steps. - So, make sure you have a pair of hiking shoes or good walking shoes on. Take rests when needed; drink lots of water!

According to my GPS (iMapMyFitness iPhone App):

(a) From the parking lot to the STARTING POINT of the uphill "switch-backs" is a 0.7mi of easy, gorgeous, shaded path with graduate inclination, among tall trees! From there, just follow the sign, "Trail", with an arrow pointing to the RIGHT path to climb up MaryJane Falls. 
(b) The narrow, uphill path with switch-backs is about 0.8mi, rated easy/moderate, reaching about 700ft vertical from the base.
(c) The last 0.25 mi trail section is a bit strenuous. It consists of many stone steps, some of which pretty high. But the grand prize is only minutes away!

At the end of the trail is a wide, spectacular open space, where you'll be awed by the 70+ft high cliffs with sheets of water trickling down (depending on the season); a breathtaking view of the valley, beyond which, one could sometimes see the Big Falls way yonder (depending on the seasonal rain/snow, of course)! This is a wonderful place for a picnic, to reflect...to enjoy!

1. From the Strip, take I-95N; turn left on Hwy157, which is a 2-lane scenic road;

2. After passing the Hotel Resort, watch for the small Visitor Center on the left. Go there and pick up a free trail map and other helpful info

3. Continue on Hwy157, straight onto Echo Rd. Follow the MaryJane Falls sign, turn left and drive 100 yrs FURTHER in on a gravel road into its own Parking lot/Trailhead.

- If you follow Hwy157 and drive uphill to the mid mountain, you'll find a scenic picnic area, a rustic lodge, and a nice restaurant bar in a gigantic parking lot! The view there is spectacular, too! 

Peterskis, Aug, 2012

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