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Charlie's Spring Loop

A Valley of Fire loop hike with great views and water - year round.
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 6.7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  This is a hike to a spring that has water year round. The spring seeps out of the ground and runs in a small stream through some... more »

Tips:  This hike has almost no shade at all. Bring plenty of water. A Camelbak or similar backpack is best. Wear sunscreen. Do the hike... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

The trailhead is on the south side of the Valley of Fire Road near the Clark Memorial—a small monument with a cross on top.

2. John Clark monument

On the hill above the wash is the Clark monument. There are trails to the monument, so you can hike and see it and then get back on trail. There's an interpretive marker on the side of the road that you pass on your return that will tell you about Clark.

3. Main wash

The smaller wash you've been hiking down now goes into the large wash from a higher point. Continue hiking in the wash going east.

4. Dry falls

Eventually, the wash brings you to some dramatic sandstone erosion and dry falls. Stay to your left and it's easy to down climb. The area is beautiful. There are lots of good photo opportunities here.

5. Charlie's Spring

In this general area, the spring starts and runs down the wash for a long distance. The water flows up through the sand and gravel. You'll see a number of reeds growing here and Cat o' Nine Tails—unusual for the desert—and grasses of different kinds.

6. Turn

This is the place you make a turn north and head up the steep hill to start you route back. This is a power line road and it's easy to see.

7. Turn 2

After walking the power line road for a short distance on the top of the hill, you come to another was coming in from the northwest. Take this wash.

8. Out of wash

Eventually the wash narrows so much, it's best to climb up out of it or take a side wash. I chose to climb out of it, head north, and come out of this section of the hike near the east entrance fee booth.

9. Road

You can see the road from the ridge. This is near the east entrance fee area for Valley of Fire. Turn left and follow the road up the hill and down to the car.

There is a sandstone formation that's one of the most photographed in Valley of Fire. It's on the opposite side of the road but you have a great view of it.

11. Nevada Historical Marker

There's a state historical marker here about the Arrowhead Trail, the historic road between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. It went through here.

12. John J. Clark Marker

This is the place where there's an interpretive marker to describe why the Clark Monument is where it is. Stop and read about Clark and the folly of being in the desert without enough water.