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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.
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

saleenadamGreat weather and trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2013
Went up Trail Canyon and descended on South Loop. There is some snow in a few of the chutes off the trail but no snow or mud on the trail itself. Overall the trail is in great condition for the summer and so much easier than my summit in April. Was about 110 degrees in Vegas and about 55 on Charleston Peak.
Posted Jun 14, 2013 10:57 pm

RedwicEarly Morning Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2013


Before my recent peakbagging years, I had visited an overlook viewpoint on Charleston Peak with a couple of friends. Later on, as I became more interested in summits and prominence, I found myself always wanting to go back and actually reach the summit. I slept for 2.5 hours in my rental SUV, and then started hiking in darkness as the grueling, grinding hike went up & down the Trail Canyon & North Loop trails. Great views from the summit but I did not stay long. This was the first of five peaks (including four Ultras) I would summit in 3-1/2 days.
Posted Jun 6, 2013 9:21 am

JonodoNoth and South Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2013


Hiked out of Trail canyon to North Loop and descended via South Loop. No snow on the trail to speak of.
Posted Jun 3, 2013 3:27 pm

youngdocRound Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2013


We took the round trip approach: we ascended via the Trail Canyon/North Loop route and descended via the South Loop. We flew in from Ohio the night before our hike and were on the trail by 5:20 a.m., knowing that our low-lander lungs would not have time to acclimate and our ascent would be slow. We originally intended to hike the opposite direction, starting at the South Loop trail and existing via the North, but when we arrived at Cathedral Rock before dawn, we were confused by the closed off parking areas and we weren't sure where the trailhead was, so we flipped it around and drove up to the Trail Canyon trailhead instead. From the trailhead to 10,00 feet, the hike was very straightforward. We first spotted snow on either side of the trail just above 10,000 feet, but the trail itself was clear. We were passed by several hikers on their way up, hiking much more quickly than us, but most of them turned back when they reached the heavier snow/slush that lay on the trail above 11,000 feet. There were admittedly a few slippery sections, but never anything that felt truly perilous. We were mainly frustrated by the one-step-forward, half-a-step-backward slipperiness of the snow-covered sections. The last set of switchbacks up the face of the mountain had us resting repeatedly, but we finally reached the summit in exactly 9 hours -- incredibly slow for two otherwise very fit marathoners, humbled by altitude as we often are on these trips. The initial descent via the South Loop had us basically postholing for a good mile or so. The snow persisted well below 10,000 feet on this side of the mountain, but it was mostly off-trail after the first mile. Our entire round trip took 14.5 hours and was comparable in effort to our climb up the Mountaineer's Route and down the Portal Trail of Mount Whitney last summer, mainly due to lack of acclimation. Overall a very beautiful hike that we would probably defer until a little later in the summer if we did it again.
Posted May 12, 2013 11:30 pm

jdmorehouseSnow and mud  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2013


We went up Trail Canyon to the North Loop, and from there to the summit. Although it was melting quickly, there was still plenty of snow above 11,000'. The biggest problem was the increasing mud from melting snow.
Posted May 12, 2013 5:36 pm

sredfernSuccess via the South Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2013


After not making it to the summit the prior day via the North Loop I decided to try the South Loop today even though reports had more snow there. I parked below the Cathedral Ledge picnic and parking areas because they are all closed so I started out at the Cathedral Ledge Lower TH and hiked up behind the construction to get to the South Loop TH which is the only way to get there until June when the areas are scheduled to reopen.

I headed up at 6:30am and made great time up through the canyon, the were a few snow slide areas before reaching the ridge line that were deep snow for about 15' each but I never sunk in very deep. I reached the ridge line at 4.75 miles which was considerably more than a trail guide on trails.com listed. The meadows were beautifully green and fast traveling with a little snow but again nothing more than 2-3".

On the back side of the ridge line there was more continuous snow but again not more than 3-4" once I got up onto the back of Charleston Peak the trail had a lot of snow on the high side but walking the lower edge of the trail on the rocks was fine and usually snow free. Made the summit in 4hrs and was the first of the day. It was patchy bare ground and had plenty of places to sit on bare dry rocks for a snack in the quiet sun... No wind at all!

Made a quick detour to visit the remains of the old CIA plane crash... Pretty cool!

Trip back down was fast, 3hrs, but slushy so what snow is up there today won't last for long.

The south loop is definitely more passable right now, though I met a local NV man who said I could have summited from the North Loop if I had diverted up around Devils Thumb to avoid the avalanche chute the day before. Not sure where that was, I will have to look into it.
Posted May 11, 2013 10:52 pm

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