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gavondoToo Much Snow
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2016
Beautiful weather and very clear skies. No problems for the first 6 miles up the North Loop Trail (we started from Trail Canyon Trailhead). The South Loop was officially closed, as indicated at the Trail Canyon Trailhead. Then we hit snow- it was on again off again for the next mile or so. We had snowshoes, but it was still pretty slippery, as the snow was drifted diagonally over the trailing. The going was slow. About a half mile from the summit, right at the switchbacks, we encountered much more snow in the chute. We didn't feel comfortable continuing and turned around.
Posted Apr 27, 2016 10:55 pm

mzenbluLate Start  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2015


Late start (11:30), but beautiful hike and perfect weather. The color change is near peak - vibrant yellows and oranges.
Posted Sep 27, 2015 12:52 pm

davidsangerNorth Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2015


Delightful hike starting at Trail Canyon. Spend the night at the trailhead and got an early start. At least 25 people summited by my count. A lovely sunny day with little wind up top.

The airy traverse along the cliffside after Devil's Thumb is quite something : a masterful piece of trail building .
Posted Aug 31, 2015 12:36 am

DebDevil's Thumb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2015


Best part of the mountain! Fun easy scramble up Devil's Thumb then a stiff walk to summit. Warm day with too many people on the trail.....next stop Mummy. Couldn't do Griffith due to fire damage closure and endangered butterfly.
Posted Jun 29, 2015 8:59 pm

DariaVia Devil's Thumb route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2015


Climbed with Mummy. Found small patches of snow on the descent off Charleston, which we stuffed our water bottles with, stuffed down our shirts, in our hats, and all around our neck. Was good relief from the heat. Devil's thumb scramble was short and sweet but very FUN!
Posted Jun 29, 2015 8:02 pm

Stephen GautSuccess North Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2015
Arrived at trailhead after midnight & slept in car. Came from San Diego. Started out at 5:30am. No snow on trail. No water sources. Reached summit at 11:00am. Took my time going down, with long rests, my legs were wobbly coming from sea level and also this was my first summit of the year. Got back to trailhead at 5:30pm. 12 hour round trip. Was very hot at 7,000 feet. Carried three 1-liter bottles and that was plenty. Great trail, well marked, cannot get lost. 16 miles round trip.
Posted Jun 29, 2015 5:25 pm

jshepp5Beautiful day on North Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2015
Nice day for a climb. Brought crampons just in case but never needed them. There were a few sections of snow crossing the trail near the thumb, but there were good steps already kicked in and was melted enough (10:30am) for my comfort level. Snow won't be around much longer, melting away fast. I was amazed to have voice and data (ATT) on most of the route.
Posted Apr 29, 2015 5:36 pm

gimpilatorMarch Attempt
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2015


After two weeks sick and a hospital visit, I decided to climb Charleston despite lingering bronchitis. Around 10,800 feet we encountered deep snow. I decided to turn around because of the conditions. My two partners continued on and reached the summit, taking about 13 hours round-trip. They later told me that much of the last several miles was waist-deep snow.
Posted Mar 20, 2015 11:51 am

Fletchgreat day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 8, 2014


Weather was perfect. I can't imagine this in August... omg
Posted Nov 8, 2014 9:50 pm

badmutha2kSpent the night on the summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2014


Nice pit to pitch the tent in. Protected us from the gust, my best estimate up to 40mph.
Posted Nov 5, 2014 9:35 pm

cjwhat20 mile slog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2014


Heidi and I ended up in Las Vegas unexpectedly. After a late night in town we planned to drive over to the Spring Mtns and hike up Griffith. Oops. South Loop trail was closed due to previous fire. Got a map from the ranger and decided to do Mt. Charleston via north loop trail. It was a long 20.6-mile round trip. 5 1/4 hours up and 5 hours back. We took a lot of water and wished we'd taken more.
Posted Sep 15, 2014 5:40 pm

DieselThanksgiving Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2012


Went up South Loop to Griffith Peak then to Charleston Peak and then down North Loop. Beautiful day, perfect for the end of November. Lots of snow when going down North Loop. Altitude got us bad between Griffith and Charleston and half way down North Loop. We left at 6 AM and hit Charleston Peak at 1PM (including the Griffith stop). Back to car at 6PM. GPS said 20 miles loop in exactly 12 hours. Nobody else on the mountain.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 11:24 pm

xbaghateleven ultraprom  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2014


Posted Jun 28, 2014 2:02 am

yadahzoemtnMagnificent Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2014


Wow, lots of mileage. The views are never ending. Wanna share this one with people I love.
Posted Jun 13, 2014 7:54 pm

scgrantCharleston Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 3, 2014


Along with Mummy Mountain. Very enjoyable hike. The high angle traverse under the face was very sketchy. I had left my ice axe and crampons in my truck, thinking I didn't need them. Quite a bit of snow past the Thumb and the conditions well warranted an axe and crampons. Once passed that and into the boulder field it was a pretty dry and straight forward push to the top. On top it was unbelievably windy, to the point where I had to fight to keep up right. All and all, it was an amazing hike and experience.
Posted May 19, 2014 1:14 am

jdmorehouseSnow Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2014


Still deep snow past The Thumb.
Posted Apr 28, 2014 3:00 pm

RaymondShevskyFirst time   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 8, 2008


First of several times was a snow trudge during a patch of clear weather, via the South Loop trail. Saw a couple of backcountry skiers, and met a guy who was training for an Arctic cross-country race!
Posted Dec 19, 2013 1:55 pm

philadendronFinally the big one  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2013


My wife and I have climbed most of the other peaks in the area over the years, but the distance of this hike always kept us away. We finally decided to just go for it. Started at Trail Canyon at 5:40 AM, hit the summit at 12:30, back to the car by 7PM. The descent is absolutely devastating to the knees. However, the feeling of accomplishment is tough to beat. The Around the Bend Friends were great company on this hike and I was inspired by all the extremely fit hikers moving at a much faster pace than we were. I swear we even saw someone summit twice in one day.

Thankful for the "summit hole" that provides shelter from the frigid winds at the top.

Again on 7/12/14, this time solo.

Again on 9/27/14, solo, and including Mummy on the way down.

Again on 7/24/15, with my friend Adam.
Posted Oct 7, 2013 11:42 am

orbitorNorth and South Loops  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2013


Took North Loop up out of Trail Canyon, mostly clear of snow until the traverse by Devil's Thumb. Slogged to the top, descended via South Loop, which still had a lot of snow on north-facing slopes. Long 18-mile day.
Posted Aug 14, 2013 1:46 pm

saleenadamRe: Success via the South Loop
There is a point on the North Loop trail where you can take the Devil's Thumb shortcut (route on this site). I believe that is probably what the person was referring to.
Posted Jun 14, 2013 11:04 pm

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