Know your needs / braces / meds. View South Loop Trail Image Gallery - 26 Images. Pre-cut Mole skin was a life saver from a a great group of lady-hikers today (that lead the pace & trail). 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 car accessib Totally awesome hike, the Spring Mountains are way underrated! Turn west (left) onto SR-156 (Lee Canyon Rd). Beautiful but strenuous. Ha. 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). I was even the lucky recipient today of much good will (unexpectedly) in treats & bandages, that I usually always carry & didn’t this time. Have to go under it or around it at the cliff edge. Cockscomb Peak and Ridge is little over a 4-mile round trip with a nearly 3,000ft elevation gain. This ridge protected me from the 30 mph winds that were screaming over the top of the ridge. This was my first hike to Mt Charleston, one I’ve wanted to do when I lived here years ago & never got around to. Although the trail itself is excellent, the elevation gain, length and high altitude make it very challenging for most mortals. Trailheads: Griffith Peak, Mt. It took us 11 hours in total. Cooler mornings now = light gloves / hat. The trail is really pretty filled with all kinds of beautiful bottlebrush and bristlecone pine trees along the way, and wildflowers everywhere. The North Loop Trail is typically used as part of the descending leg in a loop hike of Charleston Peak. There is another trail that goes to Mt. Over half of the trail is above 10,000'. From the trailhead, proceed two miles on Trail Canyon Trail through dense forest until it intersects with the North Loop Trail. 1 review of Mummy Spring Trail "Mummy Springs Trail is a great cardio workout. I ran probably 30% of the way down. This trail follows the most popular route to reach Charleston Peak, so plan on heavy foot traffic on weekends. As the rising sun cleared the smoke, I was in the perfect location to view amazing fall foliage from a stand of Aspen trees. dpwickert posted the route: Charleston Peak loop in the Mount Charleston Wilderness portion of the Spring Mountains just NW of Las Vegas. Love this hike! Glenn Campbell baddalailama@gmail.com 7/13/2014, Charleston Peak Hike On South Loop Trail - Fall 2018, Images This was my favorite part from a views perspective. Bristlecone trai l is a moderately trafficked 6.3-mile (round trip) loop in the Le e Canyon area of the SMNRA. Your link to the photo for the mechanical rubble no longer works. All Rights Reserved. Charleston. Actually went from south to north took several breaks along the way and ran out of water at the end. Also who wants to pay $5 for just been couple feet closer? For some good Karma, bring extra power bars, cookies, gummy bears, Mole skin, band-aids or a large bottle of Water. Continue the scenic loop by backtracking to SR-158 (Deer Creek Rd) and heading south. (26), Climber's Log Entries 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. I’m not an altitude / mountain hiker, but am well above reasonably fit, 40 - and it was brutal for me. 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! Charleston in a loop, ascending by the South Loop Trail and descending by the North Loop Trail and Trail Canyon. 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). 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. Hike southeast on rocky trail that crosses an aspen-filled avalanche chute twice, then switchbacks up 450 feet in half a mile. With all the breaks and battling pain, it took me about 9.5 hrs. This trail can be started from two different access points – the Lower Bristlecone trailhead and the Upper Bristlecone trailhead. There are two well-marked and well-maintained trails to the summit: South Loop Trail and North Loop Trail. By any measurement, the South Loop of Chicago has seen an impressive rebirth in the last 10 years. Came down the North Loop. Add enough switchbacks up & down to cause some really painful knee issues if present. Once on top the view is spectacular. It took me & some others on the trail 12+ hours in great, cool, calm weather. The Summit is fully exposed & can be very windy, naturally. The summit offers panoramic views from the Sierra Nevada, Death Valley, and Las Vegas. The trail is definitely strenuous. Scene North loop from trail canyon has very nice scenery and is an enjoyable but difficult hike. If you turn left on Hwy 156, and keep driving, it will take you to the Bristlecone trail and the Ski Lodge. I ended up adding Griffith peak into the run and it turned out to be around 19 miles total. C on the North Trail blocking the trail. The trailhead is ca The fellow hikers were all polite, courteous, helpful, friendly & trail -clean. Charleston Trailhead (view W) Overview. Located 24 miles west of Las Vegas Nevada. I was stuck behind this miles long cyclone construction fence, in the dark, in some god forsaken picnic area..finally climbed the fence, tore my pants, then limped down the road all the way to the Kyle Canyon junction to hitch a ride! 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. The are no gas stations on the Mountain once you get off U.S 95. It takes most of its elevation gain at the beginning, followed by a relatatively flat stroll through alpine meadows to the peak. conditions/snow became problematic ~2 miles before the peak. 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. PLEASE ADOPT THIS PAGE! Crazy, oddly beautiful vast destruction from a fire a few years ago to hike through. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. It was during the week and parking at the "false" trail head for Mt. Charleston area (camped in the Kyle campground - very nice man who runs the camp). Very Tough, but beautiful trail- seriously. 3 hours up and slightly less than 3 hours down. The photo below shows the snow-capped Mt Charleston, behind Red Rock Canyon. We always parked at the picnic area above the Lodge to do the South Loop, but now you have to pay. The last 6ish miles are a joy after a tough accent as the altitude drops off the lungs and the sun hits the hills. There was only couple of cars. Although I wrote this page, I no longer live in Nevada so can't maintain it. *Smaller fallen tree across the trail also at about 3+ miles...just prior to the horse trough / water pipe from the mountain top. 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). This strenuous nine-miler starts just south of the town of Mt. Once done there, follow Kyle Canyon back down. I usually visit the Las Vegas area around spring break - better suited for skiing than hiking in the Spring Mountains. 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. 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. Views are spectacular, especially with all the burned trees around. Comparison with North Loop Trail Many hikers climb Mt. Cave Spring watering trough (view NW) [more photos] 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. Charleston South and North loop trails, Mary Jane, Trail Canyon, Cathedral Park, Bristlecone Loop, and Bonanza. (3), Comments 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. 20. *Other notes (notified All-Trails,TBD*; My recordings have waypoints & Photos): Brutal wind on the peak. (1), Additions & Corrections We spent two nights in Mt. Parked at the South Loop trailhead. The trail head for the North Loop trail is on the opposite side of Kyle Canyon from the South Loop trail. 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. *I verified today with the 21 Mile (Garmin GPS) Loop N to S...route in AT may be missing the switchbacks & the 1 Mile walk back to your car! 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 . The entire journey beginning at the North Loop Trailhead in the Mt. Although the trail covers the same total elevation gain as the South Loop Trail, the North Loop is steeper at higher elevations and is … Sister peaks and Red Rocks. Charleston called the North Loop trail. Cathedral Rock - Mt. Following US-95 North towards the Mt. (4 ). 2nd time hitting the peak, 1st time doing the whole loop. 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. 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. 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. The nearest other scenic forested environment of this caliber requires a minimum three-hour drive from Las Vegas. Mount Charleston National Recreation Trail/South Loop. Mary Jane Falls, Cathedral Rock, Griffith Peak, the South Loop and Trail Canyon. We just came back from our trip to southern Nevada - beginning of July 2004. - Large, old fallen tree at mile 8.86 enroute to Mt. Not a big fan of the downhill back... An excellent trail! It also from here completely passes through the old burned out forest for most of its entirety. 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. Hiking through the burnt forest felt like an elephant graveyard. © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. A total killer. Saved my day as the one extra I left at home - thank you!!! Charleston. Haha. Charleston (SR-157 Kyle Canyon Rd. Checked mountain weather stated clear and sunny... unexpectedly thunderstorms came rolling in and endless hail storms. We started at 7:30 am (the parking lot was already full) and we finished at about 5:30 (those South Loop switchbacks were tough to start with!). We spent the day in Red Rock and came back to camp and put in at least one more hike - the Cathedral rock. Charleston in the Spring Mountain Range. Killer,..because I came down S.Loop in pitch dark and was not only dead tired, but I couldn't find the exit in the dark!! (See the South Loop Trail for more information.) It is an approximately 7.5 miles out and back trail beginning at the North Loop Trail. From the junction, the treeless, gray Mt. I'm eager to turn this trail over to a qualified hiker who is experienced with it. From the junction, the North Loop Trail climbs northwest through a decades-old burn area. ! I did the killer Hill-Top to Summit to S.Loop and then back to Hill Top. My total mileage ended up being just over 18 on the day. 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. Well the parking was full and there were cars parked in the right shoulder so we parked there too (I also read the part in this section, that they tolerate it and also, you are in the middle of woods.....!!!!). I hiked it this morning, setting out at 5am from the Trail Canyon trailhead. 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. 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. Charleston Peak is a popular destination for hikers. Hiking up Trail Canyon en route to the summit of Mt. Luckily we made it out as trees were falling and forest rangers closed park down and roads.. This hike would normally take all day, but I blazed through it so I could get home to the wife. Mount Charleston North to South via Trail Canyon, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. ), and continue on the freeway about 15 more miles until you come to SR-156 (Lee Canyon Rd). Overview of Cockscomb Peak and Ridge. Moderate snowfall turned into icepack turned into some hairy moments on disappearing switchbacks. Charleston summit and the trail leading to it winding across banded, limestone cliffs is clearly visible to the west. The The Mt Charleston Peak hike takes you to the highest point around Las Vegas, at 11,916 feet. 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. I highly recommend this hike, and even more so in the middle of September. The high winds had cleared out the smoke, and I could see for miles before I took shelter behind a windbreak for 15 minutes. This way you can do the hike without staging a car at each trailhead. No one at the peak when I got there. • 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. 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. Deer Creek will end at Lee Canyon, make a right. - 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 (?). 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. • Griffith Peak – 3,372 m (11,064 ft), south-east of Mount Charleston. The North Loop Trail to Charleston Peak in the Spring Mountains is open again, roughly a month after lightning sparked the blaze that scorched almost 28,000 acres. Average reviews (same confirmed for me) state about 12 hours for non-super humans here. Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' 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 … That was on Saturday. Charleston Peak is a popular destination for hikers as the summit offers panoramic views from the Sierra Nevada, Death Valley, and Las Vegas. NOT 16 miles. The first several miles are a steady uphill, but not particularly steep. This hike is very strenuous, climbing 4,278 vertical feet in 8.5 miles. Charleston area, drive 34 miles, past the turn to Mt. Just in case...we used them all today. An hour’s drive north on U.S. 95 from energetic Las Vegas, this byway’s elevation takes you from low to high. Definitely glad I had trekking poles. So beware of this, maybe it is only on weekends, but they don't tolerate it anymore. Trail is probably the easiest to follow of any ultra I’ve done, there are rock walls and trees barricading any misleading paths. Mount Charleston - South Loop ; Mount Charleston in Nevada has been on my list for years to climb. I will try this again going up North Loop and coming down the South Loop to see which was was the best. It will also go to the peak, but is 2 miles longer. Unlike Red Rock, Mount Charleston is FREE!!!! Went to Griffith as well since we were still going uphill. Over a mile of road hiking at the end which was annoying but worth it for the experience of doing the loop. Altitude & downhills... The last mile up to the peak this way was very steep and had to make several stops to catch my breath. 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… The average review states about 6-8 L of water should be carried, based on your need & the heat / time of year. The South Loop is usually chosen for the ascent because it is less steep at high altitude, having taken most of … Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. Charleston- south loop was not a problem. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Located 23 miles west-northwest of Las Vegas Nevada. I was sherpa-ing overnight gear for my hike and the extra weight (it wasn't all in the bag) made the final ascent very challenging. 17.5 miles total, started at 7a and hiked for 10h 15m including breaks, The trail is definitely challenging this time of year, I went clockwise from the Mary Jane Falls Trailhead parking lot, slipped the fence and started the trail on the east side of the loop. Turn left onto NV-158 N/Deer Creek Rd (signs for Lee Canyon). Follow highway 157 towards Charleston Peak. 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. There are two well-marked and well-maintained trails to the summit: South Loop Trail and North Loop/Trail Canyon, which can be done on their own as an out-and-back hike or combined as a loop. Just follow the rocks - There are scenic overlooks to stop at on Hwy 158. I enjoyed it, and the walk back to the car was not difficult. The trail is the South Loop trail. 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'. Pushing on, the trail runs along a ridge leading towards Charleston Peak. 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. 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Escape the Las Vegas heat on this day trip to Mount Charleston, which is less than an hour away by car. 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. South Loop Charleston Peak Trail is a 8.25 mile one way hike with 4,278 feet elevation gain. Take 95 north out of Las Vegas, make left on Kyle Canyon(1.5 miles north of the Horse Dr off ramp)Follow Kyle Canyon all the way to the Mount Charleston Lodge. 5k’ accent up to 11,900+’ feet, followed by the 5k’ descent on rocky trails. 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). 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. The trails can be done on their own as an out-and-back hike, or combined as a loop. You'll definitely feel the altitude unless you're a beast in prime condition. Home / Hikes & Trails / Mount Charleston National Recreation Trail/South Loop . 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. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/nevada/eagles-nest-trail Even dead, they were gorgeous. I went up the south loop trailhead first. Pro-Tip: Bring a headlamp, two trekking poles & a jacket each - trust me. North loop ended up being more technical then I assumed. City close This wilderness area is within a 45-minute drive of much of Las Vegas. Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. Desert peaks where you can view 10000' feet of elevation change from the summit are amazing. As you begin the ascent you are climbing quickly. - North Trail (Trail Canyon) TH to summit of Mt Charleston is about 10.5 miles - potentially 5-7 hours based on capabilities. Moderate, 6.3 miles. The trail head to this one is couple feet away from the Charleston Peak - south loop. I struggled against this wind for a couple miles until thankfully I passed a small ridge that seemed to break the gusty wind. Would do it again, maybe counterclockwise next time, Completed this route going in the opposite direction. You never know if you will be the one needing it next time... The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. South loop has a ton of switchbacks in the beginning. Unless you're an experienced hiker with technical experience, I'd dodge this one. Great trail, well maintained. Perfect temperature, some cloud cover most the time, if there wasn’t clouds though there would not have been much shade the entire time you traversing along the ridge line to the peak. Wobbly legs and misjudged timetables meant an overnight stay for me. No matter which way you go down, it's painful. 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. Very well marked. Keep well & see you on the trails -. 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. The North Trail is mostly covered (80-90% until the summit), the South is almost fully exposed between the summit & the cross over for the switchbacks by Griffin Peak for the sun & wind. Do not mistakenly take the North Loop trail! I've done the South Loop Trail several times, and it does seem to be the most popular. Definitely a great hike, I will do it again. This is the most popular route for ascending Charleston Peak. 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, the last mile or so is another steady uphill of 5 switchbacks to the summit. The views of mummy mountain on the way up were incredible. Poles could be really helpful on the way down. To the north of Mount Charleston and the Spring Mountains are the Sisters. Hiking | Mt Charleston, NV - Trail Canyon via Raintree to North Loop Trailhead | The scenery and the altitude will take your breath away on this unforgettable, 7 mile hike in the Mt Charleston Wilderness. For example, the Resuming my trek along the south loop, I was immediately buffeted by winds that nearly blew me off my feet. 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. started up trail canyon then turned left onto north trail. North Loop Trail - Charleston Peak is a 12 mile one way hike with 5,130 feet elevation gain. 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