The North Loop Trail is typically used as part of the descending leg in a loop hike of Charleston Peak. 2nd time hitting the peak, 1st time doing the whole loop. Mount Charleston - South Loop ; Mount Charleston in Nevada has been on my list for years to climb. Cave Spring watering trough (view NW) [more photos] 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. Hiking up Trail Canyon en route to the summit of Mt. For example, the Charleston. Mount Charleston North to South via Trail Canyon, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Average reviews (same confirmed for me) state about 12 hours for non-super humans here. 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! 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. There are scenic overlooks to stop at on Hwy 158. The trail is the South Loop trail. *Other notes (notified All-Trails,TBD*; My recordings have waypoints & Photos): - North Trail (Trail Canyon) TH to summit of Mt Charleston is about 10.5 miles - potentially 5-7 hours based on capabilities. As you begin the ascent you are climbing quickly. Brutal wind on the peak. Definitely glad I had trekking poles. 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 . Once done there, follow Kyle Canyon back down. Just a small Segway trail, 50-100m off South Trail. 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.....!!!!). Parked at the South Loop trailhead. • 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. Add enough switchbacks up & down to cause some really painful knee issues if present. Crazy, oddly beautiful vast destruction from a fire a few years ago to hike through. The nearest other scenic forested environment of this caliber requires a minimum three-hour drive from Las Vegas. Totally awesome hike, the Spring Mountains are way underrated! (See the South Loop Trail for more information.) This was my favorite part from a views perspective. The summit offers panoramic views from the Sierra Nevada, Death Valley, and Las Vegas. 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. Once on top the view is spectacular. Charleston in the Spring Mountain Range. 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. 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. Wobbly legs and misjudged timetables meant an overnight stay for me. The last mile up to the peak this way was very steep and had to make several stops to catch my breath. (26), Climber's Log Entries 5k’ accent up to 11,900+’ feet, followed by the 5k’ descent on rocky trails. I went up the south loop trailhead first. We always parked at the picnic area above the Lodge to do the South Loop, but now you have to pay. I usually visit the Las Vegas area around spring break - better suited for skiing than hiking in the Spring Mountains. The are no gas stations on the Mountain once you get off U.S 95. - 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 (?). As the rising sun cleared the smoke, I was in the perfect location to view amazing fall foliage from a stand of Aspen trees. 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! 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 desert landscape slowly transforms into a mountain vista as you travel to the area, which is filled with pine, juniper, scrub oak, and manzanita. If you turn left on Hwy 156, and keep driving, it will take you to the Bristlecone trail and the Ski Lodge. 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. That was on Saturday. I’m not an altitude / mountain hiker, but am well above reasonably fit, 40 - and it was brutal for me. Desert peaks where you can view 10000' feet of elevation change from the summit are amazing. South Loop Charleston Peak Trail is a 8.25 mile one way hike with 4,278 feet elevation gain. Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. Very well marked. North Loop Trail - Charleston Peak is a 12 mile one way hike with 5,130 feet elevation gain. Love this hike! Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' The Mt Charleston Peak hike takes you to the highest point around Las Vegas, at 11,916 feet. This strenuous nine-miler starts just south of the town of Mt. City close This wilderness area is within a 45-minute drive of much of Las Vegas. Poles could be really helpful on the way down. Hiking through the burnt forest felt like an elephant graveyard. Unless you're an experienced hiker with technical experience, I'd dodge this one. It also from here completely passes through the old burned out forest for most of its entirety. 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'. I enjoyed it, and the walk back to the car was not difficult. 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). Escape the Las Vegas heat on this day trip to Mount Charleston, which is less than an hour away by car. We spent two nights in Mt. 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 … started up trail canyon then turned left onto north trail. Home / Hikes & Trails / Mount Charleston National Recreation Trail/South Loop . Charleston in a loop, ascending by the South Loop Trail and descending by the North Loop Trail and Trail Canyon. Also who wants to pay $5 for just been couple feet closer? You never know if you will be the one needing it next time... I was even the lucky recipient today of much good will (unexpectedly) in treats & bandages, that I usually always carry & didn’t this time. The trailhead is ca South loop has a ton of switchbacks in the beginning. Ha. 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. Checked mountain weather stated clear and sunny... unexpectedly thunderstorms came rolling in and endless hail storms. It took us 11 hours in total. 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. PLEASE ADOPT THIS PAGE! 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). 20. 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. 3 hours up and slightly less than 3 hours down. All Rights Reserved. We spent the day in Red Rock and came back to camp and put in at least one more hike - the Cathedral rock. conditions/snow became problematic ~2 miles before the peak. Have to go under it or around it at the cliff edge. 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. Sister peaks and Red Rocks. Resuming my trek along the south loop, I was immediately buffeted by winds that nearly blew me off my feet. Finally, the last mile or so is another steady uphill of 5 switchbacks to the summit. As stated before, there is NO water on the trail beyond mile 3.5 horse trough / pipe unless the snow melt is running. 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!! 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. With all the breaks and battling pain, it took me about 9.5 hrs. *Smaller fallen tree across the trail also at about 3+ miles...just prior to the horse trough / water pipe from the mountain top. Pushing on, the trail runs along a ridge leading towards Charleston Peak. You'll definitely feel the altitude unless you're a beast in prime condition. Charleston called the North Loop trail. Scene North loop from trail canyon has very nice scenery and is an enjoyable but difficult hike. This trail follows the most popular route to reach Charleston Peak, so plan on heavy foot traffic on weekends. 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. 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. It took me & some others on the trail 12+ hours in great, cool, calm weather. - Large, old fallen tree at mile 8.86 enroute to Mt. I will try this again going up North Loop and coming down the South Loop to see which was was the best. C on the North Trail blocking the trail. From the junction, the treeless, gray Mt. Went to Griffith as well since we were still going uphill. 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. Haha. Charleston Peak is a popular destination for hikers as the summit offers panoramic views from the Sierra Nevada, Death Valley, and Las Vegas. Came down the North Loop. Moderate snowfall turned into icepack turned into some hairy moments on disappearing switchbacks. 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. 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. Charleston summit and the trail leading to it winding across banded, limestone cliffs is clearly visible to the west. An hour’s drive north on U.S. 95 from energetic Las Vegas, this byway’s elevation takes you from low to high. This hike would normally take all day, but I blazed through it so I could get home to the wife. I've done the South Loop Trail several times, and it does seem to be the most popular. View South Loop Trail Image Gallery - 26 Images. It will also go to the peak, but is 2 miles longer. The South Loop is usually chosen for the ascent because it is less steep at high altitude, having taken most of … Definitely a great hike, I will do it again. The trail head for the North Loop trail is on the opposite side of Kyle Canyon from the South Loop trail. The entire journey beginning at the North Loop Trailhead in the Mt. North loop ended up being more technical then I assumed. Cooler mornings now = light gloves / hat. It was during the week and parking at the "false" trail head for Mt. To the north of Mount Charleston and the Spring Mountains are the Sisters. From the junction, the North Loop Trail climbs northwest through a decades-old burn area. Charleston- south loop was not a problem. Know your needs / braces / meds. Moderate, 6.3 miles. 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. 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 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. ), and continue on the freeway about 15 more miles until you come to SR-156 (Lee Canyon Rd). Although the trail itself is excellent, the elevation gain, length and high altitude make it very challenging for most mortals. Actually went from south to north took several breaks along the way and ran out of water at the end. I'm eager to turn this trail over to a qualified hiker who is experienced with it. Turn left onto NV-158 N/Deer Creek Rd (signs for Lee Canyon). 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. Great route up along the ridge-line, with incredible views down the canyon / valley & of Mt. The trail is really pretty filled with all kinds of beautiful bottlebrush and bristlecone pine trees along the way, and wildflowers everywhere. Cockscomb Peak and Ridge is little over a 4-mile round trip with a nearly 3,000ft elevation gain. Over a mile of road hiking at the end which was annoying but worth it for the experience of doing the loop. So beware of this, maybe it is only on weekends, but they don't tolerate it anymore. (3), Comments Hike southeast on rocky trail that crosses an aspen-filled avalanche chute twice, then switchbacks up 450 feet in half a mile. The trail is definitely strenuous. NOT 16 miles. The first several miles are a steady uphill, but not particularly steep. 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. The high winds had cleared out the smoke, and I could see for miles before I took shelter behind a windbreak for 15 minutes. Would do it again, maybe counterclockwise next time, Completed this route going in the opposite direction. 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. Beautiful but strenuous. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. My total mileage ended up being just over 18 on the day. Just follow the rocks - Keep well & see you on the trails -. Following US-95 North towards the Mt. This trail can be started from two different access points – the Lower Bristlecone trailhead and the Upper Bristlecone trailhead. The views of mummy mountain on the way up were incredible. dpwickert posted the route: Charleston Peak loop in the Mount Charleston Wilderness portion of the Spring Mountains just NW of Las Vegas. Just in case...we used them all today. It takes most of its elevation gain at the beginning, followed by a relatatively flat stroll through alpine meadows to the peak. A total killer. 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 ran probably 30% of the way 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. It is an approximately 7.5 miles out and back trail beginning at the North Loop Trail. 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 trailhead is car accessib ! The trail head to this one is couple feet away from the Charleston Peak - south loop. Mount Charleston National Recreation Trail/South Loop. Altitude & downhills... Even dead, they were gorgeous. 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. Located 23 miles west-northwest of Las Vegas Nevada. There is another trail that goes to Mt. 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. 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. I ended up adding Griffith peak into the run and it turned out to be around 19 miles total. *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! I struggled against this wind for a couple miles until thankfully I passed a small ridge that seemed to break the gusty wind. Follow highway 157 towards Charleston Peak. 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. 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. Views are spectacular, especially with all the burned trees around. 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. 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… Although I wrote this page, I no longer live in Nevada so can't maintain it. Charleston area, drive 34 miles, past the turn to Mt. Your link to the photo for the mechanical rubble no longer works. Great trail, well maintained. (1), Additions & Corrections Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. Located 24 miles west of Las Vegas Nevada. Overview of Cockscomb Peak and Ridge. Very Tough, but beautiful trail- seriously. Deer Creek will end at Lee Canyon, make a right. 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). This is the most popular route for ascending Charleston Peak. No matter which way you go down, it's painful. Charleston Peak is a popular destination for hikers. Do not mistakenly take the North Loop trail! The average review states about 6-8 L of water should be carried, based on your need & the heat / time of year. 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. 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. 1 review of Mummy Spring Trail "Mummy Springs Trail is a great cardio workout. 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. Charleston area (camped in the Kyle campground - very nice man who runs the camp). Continue the scenic loop by backtracking to SR-158 (Deer Creek Rd) and heading south. Turn west (left) onto SR-156 (Lee Canyon Rd). Although the trail covers the same total elevation gain as the South Loop Trail, the North Loop is steeper at higher elevations and is … Charleston (SR-157 Kyle Canyon Rd. Saved my day as the one extra I left at home - thank you!!! 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!). Luckily we made it out as trees were falling and forest rangers closed park down and roads.. 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. 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. This ridge protected me from the 30 mph winds that were screaming over the top of the ridge. Comparison with North Loop Trail Many hikers climb Mt. From the trailhead, proceed two miles on Trail Canyon Trail through dense forest until it intersects with the North Loop Trail. Bristlecone trai l is a moderately trafficked 6.3-mile (round trip) loop in the Le e Canyon area of the SMNRA. • Griffith Peak – 3,372 m (11,064 ft), south-east of Mount Charleston. No one at the peak when I got there. © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. Cathedral Rock - Mt. The photo below shows the snow-capped Mt Charleston, behind Red Rock Canyon. This hike is very strenuous, climbing 4,278 vertical feet in 8.5 miles. The trails can be done on their own as an out-and-back hike, or combined as a loop. Pro-Tip: Bring a headlamp, two trekking poles & a jacket each - trust me. Over half of the trail is above 10,000'. I did the killer Hill-Top to Summit to S.Loop and then back to Hill Top. 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. 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