Yesterday as the Las Vegas Valley baked at 107 degrees we decided to take a drive up the mountain for a BBQ lunch. We settled for a picnic spot in between the Mt Charleston lodge and Lee Canyon in the Toiyabe National Forest. The weather is just about always 20-30 degrees cooler than the valley. The elevation was about 9000 feet with a little riparian fall running just feet from the picnic spot amid the large pine trees. I am allergic to them so ACHOO all day!
Area real estate boasts a variety of homes from quaint cottages to gorgeous luxury homes nestled snug on the mountain side and surrounded by pine (achoo again!)
This is a little known hideaway for Las Vegas area residents and sometimes tourists.
Summer activities in the area include: campgrounds, picnic areas, extensive hiking trails, biking, etc.
Winter activities include snow sports! YES, SNOW SPORTS! Snowboarding, skiing and sledding.
Surprisingly: This is a relatively short drive from the LV metropolitan area, anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half depending on where your starting point in the valley is.
In summer it is a nice reprieve from the heat, in the winter it is a white wonderland!
All the Best,
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