Easy, 2.7 miles.
Eagles Nest is a moderately trafficked 2.7-mile (round trip) loop trail in the Kyle Canyon area of the SMNRA. Eagles Nest trail starts at the Fletcher Canyon trailhead, where parking and restrooms are available. The trail is not stroller/wheelchair friendly.
Starting at Fletcher Trailhead, the well-defined path heads north through dense pinyon pine, ponderosa pine, and Utah juniper. After following the trail for 0.35 miles you will approach a junction with a sign pointing northwest for Fletcher Canyon and east for Eagles Nest. Head eastward taking a sharp right, following the trail up a steep hill. Atop the hill continue following the trail for 0.25 miles, until you reach another junction with another sign for Eagles Nest trail. At this junction the 1.5-mile loop begins, and you can continue in either direction. The loop contains 5 leisurely and sporadic switchbacks and takes you out on a plateau overlooking the southeastern portions of Kyle Canyon. This portion of the trail is lined with pointleaf manzanita, pricklypear cactus, and sagebrush. After completing the loop, you will arrive back at the junction. Return on the same path you came, following it for 1.2 miles back to Fletcher Canyon Trailhead.
Hiking at higher elevations can be difficult if not acclimated. Know the symptoms of altitude sickness and how to properly prepare. Always check the weather before heading out on the trails. Be prepared to be out of cell-phone range and have a backup plan. Ensure proper clothing and supplies for the trek, be it a day-hike or backpacking trip.
Leave No Trace:
GO Mt Charleston encourages folks to enjoy their public lands, while remaining mindful and following the seven principles of LNT:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare – Check the weather, pack proper equipment and guides, wear adequate clothing, have a back-up plan, research current conditions, closures, and regulations.
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces – Follow the designated trail and avoid cutting switchbacks. Backcountry camp on low-impact terrain. When in doubt stick to designated campgrounds and dispersed campsites.
- Dispose of Waste Properly – Pack it in pack it out! Pack out all garbage, including organic food waste such as citrus peels and pistachio shells. When backpacking, practice digging cat holes to dispose of human waste and carry wastewater 200 feet away from waterways.
- Leave What You Find – Take only pictures, leave only footprints! Leave cultural artifacts and natural objects for others to enjoy.
- Minimize Campfire Impacts – Make sure your campfire is dead out before leaving or sleeping, research local regulations about collecting firewood, and know current fire restrictions. When in doubt use designated fire rings.
- Respect Wildlife – Observe from a safe distance, never feed or approach wildlife, report impaired wildlife to Rangers and never attempt to move or help yourself.
- Respect other Visitors – Be courteous on the trails, control and pick up after your pets, consider whether your experience is affecting the way someone else enjoys the peaceful outdoors.
Learn more by visiting: https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/