Rob D. Brodman
Locals know that when the mercury tops the century mark in Vegas, cooler temps are only a short drive away.
Perched 2 miles above the valley floor in the Spring Mountains, Mt. Charleston is a haven for hikers, nature lovers, and anyone seeking relief from the summer heat.
All three of the trails below are located within Spring Mountains National Recreation Area ― better known by its signature peak, Mt. Charleston ― about 25 miles west of Las Vegas.
Take I-15 to U.S. 95 north, then turn left at State 157/Kyle Canyon Rd. and climb 6,500 feet. For more information, contact the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (702/515-5400).