Charleston Peak Climber's Log
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|ranjack||Route Climbed: South Loop Trail (roundtrip) Date Climbed: November 14, 2005|
|I arrived in Las Vegas (to attend a conference) by plane in the aftenoon and saw on the approach that there appeared to be minimal snow on the peak so I decided to get a little workout in before calling it a day. I pulled into the staircase parking area at 3:30pm and was on the South Loop Trail at 4pm. Darkness was approaching but a beautiful near-full moon was on the rise and it was so bright that I never had to use my headlamp. It took me about 2.5 hours to reach the top of the ridge. The lower trail had only brief sections of frozen compact snow which was not a problem, even in trail running shoes. The hike along the ridge was straightforward and largely protected from the strong wind coming up from the east. About halfway up the ridge I exchanged greetings with another solo hiker who was on the way down. On the final approach up the exposed, barren slope there was a fair amount of compact windblown snow and the wind was steady and heavy. A few unexpected gusts litterally knocked me on my butt. It was quite cold but I was dressed appropriately. I arrived at the summit at 8:30pm and didn't stay long due to the lack of protection (the pit was pretty much snowed in). I didn't bother to sign the register for fear of losing it in the wind, but it was truly beautiful under the clear skies in the stark moonlight. The flag was making a terrible racket and I couldn't see heading down the North Loop in those conditions so I went back down via the well protected the South Loop Trail and arrived back at the car at 11:30pm - very nice trip!|
|Posted Nov 17, 2005 1:58 am|
|ubiquitv||Route Climbed: South Loop Trail (up and back) Date Climbed: 11/05/05|
|I got started on the trail at about 6:00AM and made it to the peak around 12:00PM or so. There are a few snow patches here and there, but overall it's still very clear all the way to the top.|
|Posted Nov 8, 2005 3:13 pm|
|mountaingazelle||Route Climbed: South Loop - North Loop/Trail Canyon Date Climbed: October 8, 2005|
|I climbed to the top of Mt. Charleston with a group of five people including SusanM. It was windy for most of the day along the entire ridgeline. We watched Ron put a new flag on the summit as the wind was blowing at least 50 mph. This was a fun hike even though it was long. It was worth it for the great views from the top. Next one to climb - Mummy Mountain.|
|Posted Oct 10, 2005 6:58 pm|
|easleygone||Route Climbed: North Loop Date Climbed: July 1998|
|Just a great climbing area. Leave Vegas and come to|
the mountains. Plan to camp at an unbelievable
natural site with overhanging roof right on the trail.
Also comes complete with a spring. Its a long one!
|Posted Jul 31, 2005 10:50 am|
|Don Nelsen||Route Climbed: South Loop up/North Loop return Date Climbed: July 29th, 2005|
|With towering thunderstorms near the peak and thunder every few minutes I didn't have a lot of hope of making the summit but timing was all - I got there during a brief interlude of clear skies and lighter winds than I had on most of the ridge.|
I took the South Loop trail up but soon lost the trail in the debris from last year's major avalanche so ended up bushwhacking up the canyon to the left of the waterfall on the west of Echo Cliff then ascended the ridge until I found the trail. I passed five groups of hikers (who evidently did not have my navigation problems) but saw only two people past mid-switchback level on the ascent and no one for the remainder of the trek.
I was treated to a hailstorm, 40 degree temperatures, 30 mph winds, some lightning and a lot of thunder but once at the top, the skies started clearing, it warmed up to the mid fifties and it was an enjoyable hike/run back down North Loop/Trail Canyon. 4.5 hours up, 3 hours down. BTW, despite other reports of distances, my GPS said this was 18.1 miles and 5,300' total vertical (due to the many ups and down on the route.))
|Posted Jul 30, 2005 1:57 pm|
|Cortez||Route Climbed: Nort Loop/Trail Canyon Date Climbed: May 25, 2002|
|This has got to be one of the coolest Mountains I have evr climbed. You go through so mant ecological zones on you way to the summit that it is staggering. Jennifer & I did this as an overnighter. We camped in a beutiful meadow surrounded by Bristlecone Pines just before treeline. The views were majestic espcially those of Mummy Mountain. When we arrived back in Vegas we mustered what energy was left in out "disco legs and boogied the night away at The Joint in the Hard Rock Cafe Casino. Now that's the way to end a mountain adventure.|
Jam>Dire Wolf, Welcome to the Underground>Jam>Alligator, Again & Again> China Cat Sunflower> I Know you Rider
II. Jam w/ Elenor Rigby & Favorite Things tease>Deal>Casey jones, The Real Thing, Help on the Way>JamLucy in the Sky w/ Diamonds>Slipknot>Franklin's Tower
E:GDRFB, We Bid you Goodnight
|Posted Jul 26, 2005 1:04 pm|
|rlawson||Route Climbed: South Loop up and back Date Climbed: July 10, 2005|
|Left Cathedral Rock Picnic Parking area at 6:30. Reached the summit at 11:00. Back at the car at 2:15. Perfect weather. Still some snow, but manageable. A great way to beat the Vegas heat.|
|Posted Jul 26, 2005 9:44 am|
|DesertAdventures||Route Climbed: Hidden Falls Date Climbed: 4-21-05|
|We skinned up to Hidden falls where we put on crampons and used iceaxes to climb several hundred feet of steep sketchy snow. At top of cliffband we re skinned to Hour Glass chute untill skins were useless n cramponed to summit. Autographed the virgin snow in Hour Glass w/ splitboard and skis and traversed over to Big Falls for icy descent.|
Oldest guy in the group was the fastest and he skied down on 70's era gear w/ a BIG smile plastered on his face!
Good times & great friends,
|Posted Apr 29, 2005 9:57 pm|
|horalka||Route Climbed: Up South loop & Down North loop via Trail canyon trail Date Climbed: July 6, 2004|
|Started hiking at 8:15am on a beautiful July morning and reached the summit at 12:30pm. Back down at the parking lot by 5:00pm.|
Hiking on the week day was definitely a good idea since this is the only cool summer spot in the whole area. We had the mountain all to ourselves.
Met only four people the whole day.
Two hikers on the south loop, who were already going back down from the summit. And two more people (some students) who were camping for the night and bird watching at the crossroads of North loop and Trail canyon trail.
|Posted Nov 4, 2004 12:57 pm|
|Bob Bolton||Route Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: October 18, 2004|
|Duane and I started this hike thinking that the weather was improving, only to find blizzard conditions on the summit ridge. The wind gusts nearly knocked us to our feet, and the frozen fog was collecting thickly on everything. By the time we returned to the car the entire sky was filled with the clouds, and upon learning the forecast we decided not to tackle any more of the ultra-prominence peaks we had on our schedule, and drove home instead.|
|Posted Oct 21, 2004 12:52 am|
|wwells||Route Climbed: South Loop trail Date Climbed: October 4, 2004|
|Perfect weather: lots of sunshine and no wind on summit. Left the trailhead at 6:15 a.m. and reached the top at 11:00 a.m. Not a soul in sight! A great hike. My fourth time on the summit in six attempts since 2002.|
|Posted Oct 7, 2004 1:38 am|
|Dennis Poulin||Route Climbed: Up North Trail Canyon, Down South Loop Trail Date Climbed: 9 September 2004|
|Beautiful day, I had the mountain to myself.|
|Posted Sep 14, 2004 6:47 pm|
|one6180339||Route Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: July 23, 02004|
|Sunny but windy on the summit. Nice since most times I have looked at Charleston from Vegas it has been covered in clouds.|
|Posted Aug 21, 2004 2:44 pm|
|bennovak||Route Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: September 6, 1998|
|Took a day off from partying in Vegas and hiked up and ran down the peak. Ran into another ultra runner on top doing the full loop and we ran down together. A real pleasurable experience, the view of Vegas gave me a whole new perspective of the town.|
|Posted Aug 21, 2004 3:15 am|
|Guilty||Route Climbed: South Loop up and X/C to Big Falls out. Date Climbed: May 9, 04|
|I cross-country up the ridge-line nearest to Griffith Peak because there was a lot snow still. Since I was nearby I hiked up Griffith Peak first, then went over and did Charleston Peak. After watching some falcons mating or fighting, I headed down the North Loop trail.|
To much snow, so I cross-country down to what later I found out to be Big Falls. Where I came out at in 8 hours.
One weird thing, is a lost dog tag with me at the start, and stayed with me the whole trip! Big Falls was kinda hard to negotiate with the dog. I returned her to the Ranger Station, who help me find the owners.
|Posted May 13, 2004 10:02 pm|
|cp0915||Route Climbed: South Loop Date Climbed: Aug 2002|
|The south loop to Charleston is a great hike through thick pine forests, flowered meadows and bristlecone groves. The plane crash near the summit is a must-see.|
|Posted Feb 18, 2004 10:05 am|
|birdhead||Route Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: August 2002|
|Climbed with Jae, Kev, and Ryan. A really long day, after which we went to Vegas and attempted to party. We were all asleep by 10:30.|
|Posted Feb 4, 2004 1:12 am|
|Day Hiker||Various Routes |
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008
|2003 September 21: South Loop trail. Some days you can see the Sierras from Charleston, and some days you can't. Today was a good day.|
2004 August 22: South Loop trail.
2004 August 29: South Loop trail.
2005 April 30: Big Falls to east ridge snow climb. Trailhead to summit in 3 miles.
2005 June 25: Trail Canyon to North Loop. Still plenty of snow past Devil's Thumb; 2005 was a HUGE snow year.
2006 June 04: South Loop trail.
2006 June 10: South Loop trail.
2008 July 05: Trail Canyon to North Loop with DayHikerJr. My weight + DayHikerJr + all his stuff + my pack = 297 pounds.
|Posted Dec 28, 2003 12:13 am|
|Dean||Route Climbed: South Loop Date Climbed: October 25, 2003|
|I truly enjoyed the Bristlecone forest that extends for a couple miles along the top of the ridge as you make your way towards the summit. I had an interesting encounter with 4 deer who seemed amazed to see humans up there on this very windy day. I met three others who were using the south loop and three who came in from the north just as I was leaving the summit. The wind had to be hitting 50+ on the summit as I had difficulty staying upright. Tremendous views in all directions. WOW !!!|
|Posted Oct 27, 2003 9:37 am|
|lasvegasrob||Route Climbed: South Loop Date Climbed: June 8, 2003|
|Great climb with good weather. Prelim was Griffith Peak the prior week. Over 100 deg in Vegas, cool on the summit.|
|Posted Jun 11, 2003 1:17 pm|