Although I wrote this page, I no longer live in Nevada so can't maintain it. Stretching from Hwy 157 Northward up to its highest elevation of 9692 ft, it creates a beautiful and rugged feature that can be viewed in a … Great trail, well maintained. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. *Other notes (notified All-Trails,TBD*; My recordings have waypoints & Photos): Opinion: North to South Loop was more manageable to me, as I don’t want to start a 5000’ accent of switchbacks right out of the gate, some prefer South to North, as South Trail mostly levels out to the summit after Griffin Peak. The trailhead is ca Hike southeast on rocky trail that crosses an aspen-filled avalanche chute twice, then switchbacks up 450 feet in half a mile. By the time we came back, before 8pm, there were not many cars left and only ours was in the shoulder with nice fat parking ticket for $50. Will try again next year going from north to south as it had switchbacks up to the peak on that side and seemed easier to climb. This way you can do the hike without staging a car at each trailhead. Most Difficult, 8.5 miles to Charleston Peak (This trailhead is closed during winter months) This trail is a steep climb from Cathedral Rock trail head. Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. The are no gas stations on the Mountain once you get off U.S 95. The nearest other scenic forested environment of this caliber requires a minimum three-hour drive from Las Vegas. Cathedral Rock - Mt. Let’s take a comprehensive look at this extensively revamped and reconstructed neighborhood that draws singles, couples and families who love its proximity to the water, a mix of downtown and traditional neighborhood feel and easy access to various forms of transportation. After following, losing, finding, losing and finally finding the right trails, the descent down the west side of the loop is far more straight forward once you've put 2-3 miles between the peak and you. As stated before, there is NO water on the trail beyond mile 3.5 horse trough / pipe unless the snow melt is running. Charleston area, drive 34 miles, past the turn to Mt. © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. (1), Additions & Corrections But because we camped in the desert for the rest of the week we came back from Red Rock Canyon to camp here for the last night, it is definitely much cooler. Glenn Campbell baddalailama@gmail.com 7/13/2014, Charleston Peak Hike On South Loop Trail - Fall 2018, Images There was only couple of cars. By any measurement, the South Loop of Chicago has seen an impressive rebirth in the last 10 years. PLEASE ADOPT THIS PAGE! This trail can be started from two different access points – the Lower Bristlecone trailhead and the Upper Bristlecone trailhead. Mt Charleston Peak , N.Loop to south Loop trail Approx 18 Miles Elevation: 11,918 ft / 3633 m ,4,500 ft Elevation gain , 8-10 hour hike, Difficulty = 4 of 5 due to altitude and distance,We start up Trail canyon Summit the highest Peak in So.Nevada and return down the south Loop trail . - North Trail (Trail Canyon) TH to summit of Mt Charleston is about 10.5 miles - potentially 5-7 hours based on capabilities. This strenuous nine-miler starts just south of the town of Mt. South loop down goes thru the burn scar and is desolate in a strange beautiful way, not much in the way of colors and extremely dry. Mount Charleston National Recreation Trail/South Loop. Just follow the rocks - I'm eager to turn this trail over to a qualified hiker who is experienced with it. You'll definitely feel the altitude unless you're a beast in prime condition. Trailheads: Griffith Peak, Mt. The fellow hikers were all polite, courteous, helpful, friendly & trail -clean. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. Finally, it's a loooong descent down the switchbacks to the parking area, then just over a mile down the road to the Trail Canyon parking area. The Trail Canyon Trail to North Loop Trail at the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Mount Charleston, Nevada is a difficult 6.7-mile out-and-back trail that leads up to an amazing overlook high in the Spring Mountains Recreation Area. From the junction, the treeless, gray Mt. I ran probably 30% of the way down. Following US-95 North towards the Mt. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/nevada/eagles-nest-trail I’m not an altitude / mountain hiker, but am well above reasonably fit, 40 - and it was brutal for me. Even dead, they were gorgeous. Although the trail covers the same total elevation gain as the South Loop Trail, the North Loop is steeper at higher elevations and is … It is an approximately 7.5 miles out and back trail beginning at the North Loop Trail. Cooler mornings now = light gloves / hat. The last mile up to the peak this way was very steep and had to make several stops to catch my breath. Just in case...we used them all today. My total mileage ended up being just over 18 on the day. Go through the town past the fire station then make a right on Echo Canyon Road following signs towards Mary Jane Falls and Trail Canyon.Park at the Trail Canyon Trailhead. Keep well & see you on the trails -. Cockscomb Peak and Ridge is little over a 4-mile round trip with a nearly 3,000ft elevation gain. This was my first hike to Mt Charleston, one I’ve wanted to do when I lived here years ago & never got around to. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. Charleston called the North Loop trail. This trail follows the most popular route to reach Charleston Peak, so plan on heavy foot traffic on weekends. Went to Griffith as well since we were still going uphill. It took me & some others on the trail 12+ hours in great, cool, calm weather. Escape the Las Vegas heat on this day trip to Mount Charleston, which is less than an hour away by car. The first several miles are a steady uphill, but not particularly steep. Turn west (left) onto SR-156 (Lee Canyon Rd). Over a mile of road hiking at the end which was annoying but worth it for the experience of doing the loop. No extra water at the bottom of Mummy this time of year so bring extra and keep it in your bag unless you want to suck icicles at 6 AM, This was an awesome loop. We decided to park at the "false" trail head again, because it was already 6pm and the Cathedral Rock picknic area closes at 8pm in summer. Actually went from south to north took several breaks along the way and ran out of water at the end. Scene North loop from trail canyon has very nice scenery and is an enjoyable but difficult hike. • Griffith Peak – 3,372 m (11,064 ft), south-east of Mount Charleston. Over half of the trail is above 10,000'. 20. Moderate snowfall turned into icepack turned into some hairy moments on disappearing switchbacks. Lots of fine views along the way.The trail is 8.3 miles one-way, with an elevation gain of about 4300 feet -- from 7600' to 11,918'. The desert landscape slowly transforms into a mountain vista as you travel to the area, which is filled with pine, juniper, scrub oak, and manzanita. dpwickert posted the route: Charleston Peak loop in the Mount Charleston Wilderness portion of the Spring Mountains just NW of Las Vegas. Have to go under it or around it at the cliff edge. Resuming my trek along the south loop, I was immediately buffeted by winds that nearly blew me off my feet. Wobbly legs and misjudged timetables meant an overnight stay for me. (4 ). Charleston in a loop, ascending by the South Loop Trail and descending by the North Loop Trail and Trail Canyon. I packed 9L today (as I overheat & require a lot of water during activities) , but with a cold snap & temps down at a perfect 45-60F today, I only drank 5L (including mixed electrolytes, etc). I highly recommend this hike, and even more so in the middle of September. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Charleston. There is another trail that goes to Mt. I hiked it this morning, setting out at 5am from the Trail Canyon trailhead. Reaching the Mt Charleston summit via the South Loop is the “easiest” route, but it’s still a long and steep ascent to the summit (alternative routes being the longer North Loop… Charleston summit and the trail leading to it winding across banded, limestone cliffs is clearly visible to the west. Mount Charleston - South Loop ; Mount Charleston in Nevada has been on my list for years to climb. Definitely a great hike, I will do it again. The trail head to this one is couple feet away from the Charleston Peak - south loop. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Sister peaks and Red Rocks. This was my favorite part from a views perspective. Very well marked. Checked mountain weather stated clear and sunny... unexpectedly thunderstorms came rolling in and endless hail storms. Mount Charleston North to South via Trail Canyon is a 16.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Charleston, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. C on the North Trail blocking the trail. After a brief respite at mile two, the trail ramps up for the next two miles to the summit ridge and the half-mile homestretch. It will also go to the peak, but is 2 miles longer. started up trail canyon then turned left onto north trail. - A small change to the North route in All-Trails: at 7.5 miles from the Trail Head (TH), the route shows straight-ahead around a rock outcropping in AT, however it’s blocked with stacked rocks, redirecting to switchbacks going up, instead of around the old way (?). Luckily we made it out as trees were falling and forest rangers closed park down and roads.. Moderate, 6.3 miles. South loop has a ton of switchbacks in the beginning. This guide to Charleston Peak follows the South Loop Trail, a tough 8.5-mile climb with half the hike done above 10,000 feet in an alpine wonderland. All Rights Reserved. Charleston in the Spring Mountain Range. You never know if you will be the one needing it next time... The 8-mile-long South Loop Trail leads out of Kyle Canyon to the 11,916-foot summit of Mount Charleston, which is accessible only via the longer North Loop Trail. That was on Saturday. Poles could be really helpful on the way down. You'll ascend through Aspen groves and Pine forests and meander below limestone cliffs, topping out around 10,000ft on this A to B adventure. Average reviews (same confirmed for me) state about 12 hours for non-super humans here. Charleston Peak is a popular destination for hikers. This hike would normally take all day, but I blazed through it so I could get home to the wife. The trails can be done on their own as an out-and-back hike, or combined as a loop. Charleston area (camped in the Kyle campground - very nice man who runs the camp). Saved my day as the one extra I left at home - thank you!!! It took us 11 hours in total. The South Loop is usually chosen for the ascent because it is less steep at high altitude, having taken most of … Connecting route between Charleston South Loop to the North Loop trail, taking the Trail Canyon trail back down instead of having to hike all the way over to the North loop trailhead. Do not mistakenly take the North Loop trail! Not a big fan of the downhill back... An excellent trail! Haha. Charleston- south loop was not a problem. 3 hours up and slightly less than 3 hours down. On the North Loop Trail, we never made it further than the horse trough, but have done that much of the North Loop several times too. Charleston Trailhead (view W) Overview. Mount Charleston North to South via Trail Canyon is a 26.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Charleston, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The average review states about 6-8 L of water should be carried, based on your need & the heat / time of year. Charleston Peak is a popular destination for hikers as the summit offers panoramic views from the Sierra Nevada, Death Valley, and Las Vegas. Also who wants to pay $5 for just been couple feet closer? The views of mummy mountain on the way up were incredible. It is such an obvious and natural peak loop (within 45 min of a major destination) that a lot of trail runners have done the loop (and blogged about the beauty of the Spring Mountains on the edge of the Mojave Desert). The trail is definitely strenuous. Would do it again, maybe counterclockwise next time, Completed this route going in the opposite direction. - Large, old fallen tree at mile 8.86 enroute to Mt. Beautiful but strenuous. Comparison with North Loop Trail Many hikers climb Mt. We just came back from our trip to southern Nevada - beginning of July 2004. Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' The summit offers panoramic views from the Sierra Nevada, Death Valley, and Las Vegas. Located 23 miles west-northwest of Las Vegas Nevada. Follow highway 157 towards Charleston Peak. ! Brutal wind on the peak. Your link to the photo for the mechanical rubble no longer works. Charleston is 2.0 miles shorter and 750 feet lower than starting at the North Loop trailhead, so if you climb the peak using the Trail Canyon Trail, subtract 2.0 miles from the remaining trail distances. Bristlecone trai l is a moderately trafficked 6.3-mile (round trip) loop in the Le e Canyon area of the SMNRA. *Smaller fallen tree across the trail also at about 3+ miles...just prior to the horse trough / water pipe from the mountain top. Parked at the South Loop trailhead. North Loop Trail - Charleston Peak is a 12 mile one way hike with 5,130 feet elevation gain. No matter which way you go down, it's painful. We always parked at the picnic area above the Lodge to do the South Loop, but now you have to pay. Hiking through the burnt forest felt like an elephant graveyard. The extensive shade kept the first 1/4 of the trail cold, but sunshine lit up most of the rest of beautiful but desolate approach to the peak. Finally, the last mile or so is another steady uphill of 5 switchbacks to the summit. Great route up along the ridge-line, with incredible views down the canyon / valley & of Mt. The We spent the day in Red Rock and came back to camp and put in at least one more hike - the Cathedral rock. We recorded 20.3 miles and it took about 12 hours with multiple breaks, started at 10:45a so we hiked the last 4 miles in the dark (w/headlamps). The Summit is fully exposed & can be very windy, naturally. This ridge protected me from the 30 mph winds that were screaming over the top of the ridge. I did the killer Hill-Top to Summit to S.Loop and then back to Hill Top. Home / Hikes & Trails / Mount Charleston National Recreation Trail/South Loop . Mary Jane Falls, Cathedral Rock, Griffith Peak, the South Loop and Trail Canyon. Overview of Cockscomb Peak and Ridge. (3), Comments Love this hike! From the junction, the North Loop Trail climbs northwest through a decades-old burn area. Charleston (SR-157 Kyle Canyon Rd. Altitude & downhills... Once done there, follow Kyle Canyon back down. Just a small Segway trail, 50-100m off South Trail. I went up the south loop trailhead first. I was even the lucky recipient today of much good will (unexpectedly) in treats & bandages, that I usually always carry & didn’t this time. Crazy, oddly beautiful vast destruction from a fire a few years ago to hike through. We spent two nights in Mt. NOT 16 miles. • Mummy Mountain – 3,515 m (11,533 ft), features on the North Loop Trail (see below) • Mount Wilson – 2,155 m (7,071 ft), near the south of the range. Unlike Red Rock, Mount Charleston is FREE!!!! Once on top the view is spectacular. Temps dropped overnight to an icing-on-your bag experience, but a 20 degree bag, a backup bivy and some extra cushion for you know what kept me more or less comfortable till daybreak. Mount Charleston North to South via Trail Canyon, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. After hiking up the north loop and down the south loop, I would definitely advise doing the loop so you can see more of this awesome range! Bonus: The airplane wreckage is just down from the summit, South Trail, after the first bend heading to Griffin (on the east facing mountain side). The trail starts near Cathedral Rock and climbs 3,100 feet up the side of Kyle Canyon to the summit ridge in about 4 miles. This hike is very strenuous, climbing 4,278 vertical feet in 8.5 miles. City close This wilderness area is within a 45-minute drive of much of Las Vegas. Although the trail itself is excellent, the elevation gain, length and high altitude make it very challenging for most mortals. Continue the scenic loop by backtracking to SR-158 (Deer Creek Rd) and heading south. Pro-Tip: Bring a headlamp, two trekking poles & a jacket each - trust me. It takes most of its elevation gain at the beginning, followed by a relatatively flat stroll through alpine meadows to the peak. At the Cathedral Rock picnic area, they are now charging a $1 walk-in fee for hikers headed to the South Loop and Cathedral Rock trails. View South Loop Trail Image Gallery - 26 Images. A total killer. Turn left onto NV-158 N/Deer Creek Rd (signs for Lee Canyon). Thirty-six miles on three state routes – Lee Canyon Road (SR 156), a portion of Kyle Canyon Road (SR 157), and Deer Creek Road (SR 158) – link U.S. 95 with the majestic, 11,918-foot Mt. As the rising sun cleared the smoke, I was in the perfect location to view amazing fall foliage from a stand of Aspen trees. Hiking up Trail Canyon en route to the summit of Mt. Some portions have snow on them especially on the south side of the peak then also the switchbacks between the griffith peak intersection and the parking lot. After getting tossed by the wind on the peak, the real trouble begins when you run up against the snowdrifts laid out over already shifty trails on cliffs covered with shale. Pre-cut Mole skin was a life saver from a a great group of lady-hikers today (that lead the pace & trail). The entire journey beginning at the North Loop Trailhead in the Mt. The high winds had cleared out the smoke, and I could see for miles before I took shelter behind a windbreak for 15 minutes. I enjoyed it, and the walk back to the car was not difficult. Very Tough, but beautiful trail- seriously. The Mt Charleston Peak hike takes you to the highest point around Las Vegas, at 11,916 feet. Views are spectacular, especially with all the burned trees around. Totally awesome hike, the Spring Mountains are way underrated! Pushing on, the trail runs along a ridge leading towards Charleston Peak. There are scenic overlooks to stop at on Hwy 158. Also we met only two people and they were already going back from the summit on the south loop, so weekdays are definitely better if you like to feel more secluded. It was during the week and parking at the "false" trail head for Mt. The last 6ish miles are a joy after a tough accent as the altitude drops off the lungs and the sun hits the hills. The trail is the South Loop trail. No one at the peak when I got there. To the north of Mount Charleston and the Spring Mountains are the Sisters. I struggled against this wind for a couple miles until thankfully I passed a small ridge that seemed to break the gusty wind. The trail head for the North Loop trail is on the opposite side of Kyle Canyon from the South Loop trail. In great, cool, calm weather some really painful knee issues present! 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