2755 Kyle Canyon Rd. Both locations have parking, but neither have restrooms or are stroller/wheelchair friendly. The landscape changes into a meadow before reaching the plateau. A dug out fort is a favorite resting spot before starting back down. 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. The mountain, which is snow-capped more than half the year, can be seen from parts of the Las Vegas Strip when looking toward the west. NOTE: As of April 2020, parking lot to the trailhead is closed. You can't get lost. To the east on Angel Peak rests a large, white, ball-shape observatory. However, there aren’t trail markers and areas that look like it’s the trail isn’t. The hike passes by a 3,000 year old bristlecone pine. The path is very visible. Mount Charleston is the highest summit in southern Nevada. Weekends are bus, but it is well worth it to see the waterfall at the end. One of my favorites. The Fletcher Canyon Trail is a beautiful hike nestled in the Mt. A short drive away from the Las Vegas Strip and you enter a beautiful mountainous region with tall pines and fabulous hiking trails. Charleston Lodge, and State Route 157. Falls look cool. Mount Charleston is a year-round getaway for Las Vegas's residents and visitors, with a number of hiking trails and a small ski area in Lee Canyon. Bristlecone pines, the oldest living tree, are abundant at the top of the scree slope. Add Your Recommended Routes. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. #7 - Mount Charleston North to South via Trail Canyon. Hiking in Mount Charleston. Weddings & Events. The wind can be harsh above the treeline. Please check the park website for more information. on all trails is closed. Watch out for falling ice. The snow had a lot of false grounds but thanks to my hiking shoes I almost broke my leg instead of my ankle. We all agreed that we’d do this hike again during another season to see the difference. It's also the most prominent mountain in Nevada. 100 reviews. Highly recommend checking it out. Take a moment to experience the silence, breath the clean air, and be thankful you're in good enough shape to be standing on the peak. There is also a cave just to the left of the falls that’s super easy to get to and we’ll worth the extra steps! All in all I loved this trail I just wish it was more clearly marked at the top. The South Loop Trail starts off at an easy pace as it heads SW. Recommended Routes in Mt. Bristlecone trail is a moderately trafficked 6.3-mile (round trip) loop in the Lee Canyon area of the SMNRA. microspike time! Mount Charleston offers a pleasant surprise in the desert. Three overlooks to the north (right) offer the first views of the Sisters, Macks Peak, and McFarland Peak. An Army box contains a sign-in book. A few short but steep switchbacks bring you to the North Rim Ridge. Note that the trailhead for this trail is only open from April to December. The actual trail for the second half is so hard to find. Special Attractions: This most popular hike in Mt. Raintree, the giant bristlecone pine, is over 3,000 years old and acts as a dividing point. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Little Falls Trail at Mount Charleston is a nice little out and back hike stretching just under a mile in length with a waterfall at the end. Charleston Peak looks more like a ridge than a summit from this angle. Parking is at Echo Trailhead on the MT Charleston map. Gems in Mt. Bring a windbreaker. The hike back up to the trail is a killer, but if you need water Peak Springs is a reliable source. Just before the peak the trail forks. 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. We did eventually find the waterfalls at the end, though. The trail is beautiful and the views of mount Charleston are absolutely gorgeous. The limestone cliffs of Mummys Toe are hovering directly in front of the trail. Charleston Wilderness. Turtlepeak Mountain (19) Summerl…, NV. Charleston - 1. The waterfalls were smaller, but it was still beautiful. Charleston (aka Charleston Peak) is the highest peak in southern Nevada, and one of the most popular hikes in the state. we just didn't know. The hike is all trail (no cross country) and is difficult. The summit lies at the top of the chute. The trail starts off at an easy grade wandering past ponderosa pine, pinion pine, and mountain mahogany. AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. #10 - Mt. NOTE: The parking lot to Trail Canyon and Mary Jane Falls is closed off during the winter. TONS of rock climbing routes on the hike! Take a moment to experience the silence, breathe the clean air, and be thankful you're in good enough shape to stand at the peak. The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Also known as Mount Charleston, The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area offers opportunities for year-round fun. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Mt Charleston is the getaway spot for most in Las Vegas during the hot summer months! Plan to spend a few minutes catching your breathe while you take in the fantastic view of all the northern mountains of the Mt. Mount Charleston North to South via Trail Canyon. About a mile from the junction is Cave Springs. From the junction the North Loop Trail heads NW around Mummy Mountain. Some 40 miles of trails include many miles along the spine of the Spring Mountains. Notes: Very long, but non-technical trail to the summit via trail canyon. Devil's thumb is an optional shortcut that is class 4 with exposure. Also to the south is Springs Fork, one of many springs in Mt. So the scenery on this trail is beyond gorgeous. Southern Nevada Conservancy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Las Vegas, NV, works cooperatively with the US Forest Service, Department of Agriculture through a formal agreement to provide education, informational, and other public services that will add to visitors understanding and enjoyment of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Upon reaching the plateau, a sign indicates the distances to Charleston Peak, Harris Saddle, and back to Kyle Canyon (the trailhead). We brought our dog and she did great. The trail heads NW toward the summit and away from the false peak. The grade increases rapidly as the trail turns easterly and passes to the east of Echo Cliffs. Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Mount Charleston is a year-round getaway for Las Vegas’s residents and visitors, with a number of hiking trails and a modest ski area. Charleston Coffee on a snowy day, choose from our wide variety of delicious plates. The grade is 17%. Due to the distance (~16 miles roundtrip) and elevation enroute (7,800’ – 11,916’) this is a day hike only for very fit hikers. A dug out fort that holds 10 people is a favorite resting point before starting back down. There's a great overlook at the top of Echo Cliffs (two miles from the trailhead); Kyle Canyon, Mummy Mountain, and Cathedral Rock can be viewed from this overlook. Off to the left is an unnamed peak that many hikers mistake for Mt. Depending on the time of year that you go, the waterfall may be a trickle or in our case, a roaring rapid of water bouncing off the canyon walls. main trail head i The falls are just a trickle at the point but still really beautiful! The hike is a gradual uphill through a pine forest along a (mainly dormant) stream and ends in Fletcher Canyon, a beautiful slot canyon with 200 feet walls, water-polished rocks, and great views of Mummy Mountain. Charleston ridgeline comes into view. Overview: Mount Charleston, officially named Charleston Peak, is the highest mountain in both the Spring Mountains and Clark County, in Nevada, United States. Congratulations, you're standing, or lying down questioning your sanity, at the highest point in southern Nevada. Hiking Difficult hike, pretty much all up hill the way up. About 150 yards past the saddle a faint path to the south (left) travels down to Peak Springs. The peak offers a fantastic 360-degree view of southern Nevada, eastern California, and southern Utah. The trail turns away from the ridgeline and heads SW before it climbs to another ridge. Mt Charleston Peak Hike – South Loop Trail The Mt Charleston Peak hike takes you to the highest point around Las Vegas, at 11,916 feet. Charleston Wilderness Area, … Escape the Las Vegas heat on this day trip to Mount Charleston, which is less than an hour away by car. The trail weaves through aspens and climbs steadily to the intersection of the North Loop trail. As the trail turns back SW, it passes through the two sets of cliffs. It makes a horseshoe bend and heads NE before switching back and heading west toward the North Rim Ridge. A little less than a mile from the horseshoe bend, a series of bluffs to the left of the trail offers great views of Kyle Canyon. Offline map is recommended. It makes one switchback and climbs around a final bluff before the near mile-long trek to the peak. It's important to drink plenty of water before and during this section. This "people-caused fire" in the late 1940s burned more than 500 acres. After 12 moderately steep switchbacks, the trail climbs to 10,200 feet. Charleston Peak goes in and out of view as the trail starts to imitate a roller coaster. The scenery is gorgeous all throughout this hike though. Gearing up for a challenge? Explore the best trails in Mount Charleston, Nevada on TrailLink. Bristlecone pines are reduced to twisted dwarfs. Just off the trail to the right are the remains of a 1955 plane crash. Look to the left (south), for a great view of Kyle Canyon; directly in front looms Charleston Peak. View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. This way you can do the hike without staging a car at each trailhead. It's a short quarter-mile trek to the springs. Be the first to submit your climbing note! Things to Do in Mount Charleston, Nevada: See Tripadvisor's 967 traveler reviews and photos of Mount Charleston tourist attractions. Charleston - 9 Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. Charleston Wilderness Area, within an hour of the Las Vegas Strip. don't forget yours! The trail is beautiful and the views of mount Charleston are absolutely gorgeous. The trail flattens out again and cuts through a forest of bristlecone pines. If you go straight you’ll end up climbing up the waterfall/stream bed like we did. Great trail. Charleston comes in and out of view as the trail traverses the rocky ledges. It crosses drainage and starts a series of switchbacks that leads to the South Rim Plateau. The last part of the trail is a series of steep switchbacks. You're above 11,000 feet at this point, but luckily the incline is moderate. 1. A faint path heads east and climbs to the west side of Mummy Mountain. During the winter season, the parking TH listed on Alltrails is closed and cannot be accessed. The grade is moderate as you enter the dead forest. ;) There's a sign marking the turnoff, but it's easily missed. Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, Mount Charleston, Las Vegas, NV The trail starts off at an easy grade wandering past ponderosa pine, pinion pine, and mountain mahogany. Whether you’re stopping by for a beer and a burger after a hike, or dinner and a Mt. The hike starts at Trail Canyon trailhead. Learn about the area by exploring our Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway, join an interpretative … The last half-mile to the peak is a steep 20% grade. There are 12 hard trails in Mount Charleston Wilderness ranging from 6 to 50.5 km and from 1,845 to 3,632 meters above sea level. It's important to drink plenty of water before this final ascent. Charleston begins at 7,750 feet at the Trail Canyon trailhead and climbs 1,600 feet in 2 miles on a loose, rocky trail through ponderosa pine, aspen, and wax currant trees. have to park at echo trailhead and hike from there. Bristlecone Pine Trail in Mt. The trail was beautiful but was harder than I thought, especially the last half mile. This trail can be started from two different access points – the Lower Bristlecone trailhead and the Upper Bristlecone trailhead. About 150 yards past the saddle a faint path to the south (left) travels down to Peak Springs. Trust me, the switchbacks are much more enjoyable. Please submit any useful information about climbing Mount Charleston that may be useful to other climbers. Continue another mile and a half to the junction of Trail Canyon. The hike passes by a 3,000 year old bristlecone pine. The elevation is 10,700 feet; the distance to this point is four miles. Scattered throughout the dead forest are aspens that turn orange and yellow in the fall. Fletcher Canyon 29 Hiking. Many of the switchbacks on the north end offer grand views of Kyle Canyon, Cathedral Rock, and Mummy Mountain. Hikers should be prepared for increased sun exposure and avoid dehydration due to the high elevation, and prepare to turn around or shelter in place for mountain lightning storms in summer. The trail leaves the overlook and heads west with a gradual incline. As the final switchback turns to the left, a short path to the right leads to the ridge. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Charleston. Good trail. Directly across the canyon is Mummy Mountain, and to the (west) left is North Ridge Rim. The trail heads west and soon enters a delightful meadow. Directions. Charleston area. The half-mile trek down to Peak Springs is very steep and you lose 900 feet in elevation. To the north is Echo Cliffs; to the south is an unnamed cliff range. It was a little scary but made making it to the top even better! Charleston Peak South Trail is a 17.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Charleston, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Trees are scarce since the elevation is over 11,000 feet. Like other hikers mention, be careful to stand away from the falls and be aware of falling ice. The waterfall is pretty, and a nice payoff. The summit offers a fantastic 360-degree view of southern Nevada, eastern California, and southern Utah. This is a beautiful short hike that’s not too far outside of the city the switchbacks give you the cardio and the views are gorgeous. Mount Charleston is the highest summit in southern Nevada. Over 60 miles of maintained trails wind through the area, most starting at over 6000ft in elevation and some culminating at the 11,916ft Charleston Peak. You can return the way you came up or make a loop by hiking down the North Loop Trail to Trail Canyon. I wailed like a banshee lost to the void. In 1.25 miles from the intersection of the two trails, the hike leaves the trail and climbs a steep scree slope. To get to hiking trails that lead into the Mt. From the perspective of town, the Spring Mountains are anchored by Mount Charleston (11,918 ft) to the northwest and Mount Potosi (8,514 ft) to the southwest. It then descends 150 feet over the next 0.33 of a mile. Easy hike, time for microspikes. Looking west you can see glimpses of Mummy Mountain. Looking for a great trail in Mount Charleston Wilderness, Nevada? Both trails go to the peak; however, the main trail is less steep. The trail hugs the ridgeline for more than half a mile, offering remarkable views of Kyle Canyon, Mt. We got lost several times and ended up scaling the side of the mountain. Congratulations, you're standing, or lying down questioning your sanity, at the highest point in southern Nevada. It was a nice hike, but definitely not for beginner hikers. Can be very slippery in places. Add Your Gems. Choose from any one of our three venues for your next corporate outing, wedding, or other celebration. The trail has a few moderate switchbacks before reaching a plateau at about the 1.25 mile mark. “I would say that this is a great trail for beginners … The Meadows gives way to a grove of timber as the trail heads west and the grade increases. (You are allowed to backcountry camp in the wilderness, but no fires are permitted.) The trail follows a series of switchbacks as it climbs the backside of Echo Cliffs. The hike up Mt. The hike is all trail (no cross country) and is difficult. Charleston area. Difficult hike, pretty much all up hill the way up. With more than 31 Mount Charleston trails covering 187 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the I-215 East Beltway Trail or I-515 Trail. Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Goes from easy to moderate once you pass the "finish". The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. A few areas with shade to stop and rest if needed. 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