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Blue Tree Trail System

 
Blue Tree Trail System

Page Type: Area/Bike Park

Location: Nevada, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.35136°N / 115.6426°W

Trail Type: Cross Country

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

 

Page By: Matt K

Created/Edited: Oct 8, 2007 / Oct 15, 2007

Object ID: 261869

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Overview

 
Lower Loop Trailhead
There is a trailhead on the east side of the lower parking loop and another on the north side of the upper parking loop.


The Blue Tree Trail System is located in the Spring Mountains of Southern Nevada. It is accessed from the Sawmill Trailhead/Loop which is located in a newly developed day use recreation facility in middle Lee Canyon. This system is in the middle of a pinyon pine and juniper forest and has rolling topography.

This trail system is user-created and unmapped. It will undergo substantial improvements over the next few years, which include designating a multi-use non motorized trails system that meets Forest Service standards, and relocating trails to minimize impacts to resources.

The newly constructed recreation facility contains two 2-unit restrooms, 10 picnic tables with barbeque grills, information kiosks and a paved parking area for 58 vehicles and 12 horse trailers.

The actual user-created portion of this trail system is located down canyon from the parking area. A new 1.5 mile single track loop called the Sawmill Loop - accessible from the parking lots - connects to the user-created trails.

Getting There

 
Blue Tree Trail System
The trails connecting the parking area to the user-created trail system are new and easy to follow.
From Las Vegas:

Drive north on highway 95 towards Tonopah/Reno. 14 miles after passing highway 157 (Kyle Canyon Road) turn left at highway 156 (Lee Canyon Road) and drive approximately 10 miles. Sawmill Trailhead is located on the north side of Lee Canyon Road in the Sawmill Trailhead and Day Use Facility parking lot.

There are two trailheads located in the parking area. One trailhead is located on the east side of the lower parking loop. The other is located on the north side of the upper parking loop.

Red Tape

At the time of its opening in September 2006, this recreation facility did not have a fee associated with it. A minimal fee may be been put in place since the opening, although this has not been confirmed.

External Links

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA)

Camping

There are six campgrounds located within the Spring Mountain Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

McWilliams (8,500 ft) and Dolomite (8,500 ft) are located in Lee Canyon. Mahogany Grove (8,000 ft - group only) and Hill Top (8,400 ft) are located on Deer Creek Road. Fletcher View (7,000 ft) and Kyle Canyon (6,900 ft) are located in Kyle Canyon. For additional information visit this page.

Reservations can be made by calling: 1.877.444.6777 or visiting this website.

In addition to the above campgrounds, dispersed camping is allowed in the National Forest and the surrounding BLM land.

Contact Information

 
User-Created Trails
The actual user-created trail system consists of wide trails that were used by off-road vehicles. This area appears to still be accessible by vehicle, but the newer single track section connecting to this area is off-limits to motorized vehicles. Within the next few years this area will be undergoing substantial improvements and changes.


Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA)

4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130-2301
702.515.5400
Monday through Friday
7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Images

Pinyon Pine and JuniperLower Loop TrailheadBlue Tree Trail SystemUser-Created Trails