- Type: Hiking
NileGuide Expert tip:
The entire loop is six miles, but this is a great up-and-back trail as well.
- Bristlecone Loop Trail is the only trail located outside the wilderness area, making it accessible to mountain bikes. It offers scenic views of Lee Canyon Ski Area, Mummy Mountain, and serene aspen groves. The beginning of the trail winds through a picturesque forest abundant with white fir and large quaking aspen. Climbing out of the canyon, the vegetation becomes sparse as the trail reaches a stand of bristlecone pine - the oldest living things in the world. After traveling a little over two miles on a foot trail, the trail follows an abandoned road. A short distance further, in an area resembling a parking lot, is the junction with Bonanza Trail. The trail then descends into a canyon, passing a small grove of aspen before eventually leading to a dirt parking lot. The parking area is accessed by a dirt road located 100' north of the McWilliams Campground entrance on State Route 156. Walk south up State Route 156 to return to the upper parking lot of the ski area. The area also provides access to the Bonanza Trailhead.