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mrchad9South Side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2012


Easy long hike on the south trail, with Griffith Peak on the return. Couldn't be bothered to do the north loop due to a flight out from Vegas that evening, but ended up having time. Better to enjoy the fountains and atrium at the Bellagio for an hour or so.
Posted Jun 21, 2012 1:20 pm

brucegSouth Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2012


2011 too much snow - on the ground and new snow overnight. 2012 almost no snow. Camped on the ridge near Griffith Saddle, went to the top the next morning. Cool, windy, cloudy. Climbed with Todd
Posted Jun 15, 2012 6:03 pm

jonnollSouth/North Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2012
Went up the south loop trail and stopped at Griffith Peak on the way to Charleston Peak. After Charleston Peak I took the north loop trail and hiked up Mummy Mountain before taking the canyon trail back. Both trails had manageable amounts of snow.
Posted May 13, 2012 10:07 am

jtellisLong, sunny, snowy hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2011


Hiked about a week after a big snowstorm in the Spring Mountains -- atypical for this area so early in the fall. Went up the S. Loop trail, which was covered from bottom to top in slick, hard snow. The meadows were clear. Very sunny on top, very little wind. Descended N. Loop which, for the first half, was also covered in snow. Not many people out this time of year so I had to stomp my feet into the snow in the switchbacks near the summit to make sure I didn't slide down the mountain. Very strenuous and long day, and I got back to my car at S. Loop trailhead as it was getting dark.
Posted Oct 14, 2011 6:21 pm

KBerryKen Berry  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011
This was my first summit of any real mountain (being from Minnesota), and I was awed by the strenuous climb and rewarding views once we made it to Charleston Peak. Climbed with my best friend/former college roommate - one of the best days of my life, and every little step and gasp trying to keep my lungs full of air was definitely worth the effort. I'm hooked... but need to stay in shape for climbs like this - very strenuous on my 43 year old body. I was sore for 5 days after!
Posted Sep 9, 2011 7:07 pm

ericd3 peaks in 12hrs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2011


Hiking mt Charleston alone is a good conditioning run; 20-degree cooler temps, trail has a gradual rise over run, and not too far outside Vegas. But when combined with 2 other peaks shared on its range, it becomes a climbing journey for the entire day. Mummy's Tummy and Griffith Peak add good views, ridge-line routing, and both have survey markers/registers. N Loop & S Loop trailheads are connected by a 1 mile stretch of pavement.
Posted Aug 20, 2011 12:44 pm

Matt Horbalvia South Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008

Matt Horbal

1st of now 4 ascents.
Posted Jul 30, 2011 7:55 pm

MissHLast Local Hike as a Local  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2011


Awesome pot luck lunch hike organized by Tom Hawley. Not sure what there was more of - good weather, good food, or good company. 4 hours to summit via Trail Canyon/NLT and 3 hours down via SLT - new personal best for me.
Posted Jul 17, 2011 11:52 am

MissHMagic 3's?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2011


Third time to reach summit (and third attempt). This time it was part of a 3-summit day with Mummy Mountain and Griffith. Done as part of training with Las Vegas Mountaineers Club.
Posted Jul 3, 2011 5:30 am

tednvsnowy south loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2011
still snow on trail making difficult, for my first time, following trail. got lost several times. took south loop up, got griffith, then charleston. took north loop down and got mummy. kicked my ass. long day, but great day
Posted Jun 21, 2011 7:57 pm

goofballLoved the hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2010


Along the meadowy ridge to the summit. Found the summit to be anti-climactic though. But a very nice day.
Posted Feb 10, 2011 12:49 am

rowjimmyNeed to do it again!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2002


On the day we hiked up Charleston, the sky was murky with high clouds, obscuring the distant views. I definitely want to do this one again to get the brilliant views that I saw from Griffith and Mummy Mountain on later trips.
Posted Jan 7, 2011 4:33 pm

VaslerLas Vegas' baldy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2008


Climbed up from both the South and the North. They're both great and have their own personality; The South has more overlooks I'd say. Trail canyon is nice way up too and you can loop over to the South so you don't have to shuttle.
Posted Dec 12, 2010 12:04 am

jmatthysSouth/Trail Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2007


Have been up a number of times via south/north and up over big falls. Have attempted as day hike in winter but was unsuccessful.
Posted Oct 22, 2010 9:23 pm

fedakSouth Loop up, North Loop/Trail Canyon down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2010


Up South Loop (with a detour to Griffith)
Down North Loop/Trail Canyon
Aspens turning on the slopes of Mummy Mountain and nice and cool compared to Vegas.

Pics and trip report here.
Posted Oct 6, 2010 6:36 pm

ericd1 day summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2010


I started at the South Loop trailhead around 11:15am, group break at the saddle (10,000') at 3:30pm, then I summitted at 5:15pm. After a nice 20min late lunch on top in light winds and 55F temps descended with 2hrs hiking in the dark. Down at 9:15 just when the 1/2 moon was rising! Spectacular views, an old aircraft wreckage, and nice ridge trail.
Posted Sep 1, 2010 7:53 pm

weeds19Training Run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2010


We ran up the South Loop and came down Trail Canyon. I think my total moving time was about 4 hrs. Super high winds on the top, probably pushing 60mph gusts, so it was nice to get off the top and headed back down.
Posted Aug 28, 2010 7:43 pm

NavySeabeeSouth Loop / Little Falls Canyon Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2010


Day 4 of my AZ/NV HP trip. South Loop TH / Cathedral Rock Picnic area was closed so I started up Cath Rock trail & took a wrong turn at the junction with SL trail. This trail led me past one spring and to a second where the main trail abruptly stopped and a steep use trail started up the east side of the ridge west of Mazie Canyon. About 500' up there is one mildly confusing spot where the game trail is more prominent than the use trail, but game trails traverse and rarely climb so just go up and you'll regain the use trail which is well ducked and leads you through 3 cliff bands to the top of the ridge just above the main SL trail. This 'path' that I found on accident gains about 2400' in 1.5 miles, but saves about 3 miles and is far more interesting.

Enjoyed the bristlecones, meadows, summit views and plane wreckage. Tagged Griffith on the way back down the SL trail. Great trip overall!
Posted Aug 18, 2010 8:13 pm

TonkaGF working, I'm playing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2010


The girlfriend had to spend a week at the Bellagio so I came out to play. Did the SL up and the NL down. I was surprised at the amount of contouring and how much time you get to spend up high on this loop. Took 8 hours and 15 minutes car to car with Griffith added in. I followed a blood trail almost all the way down the NL. Someone lost a lot of blood and it looked fairly recent.
Posted Aug 18, 2010 12:33 pm

N2aktionharder than i thought  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2010


took south loop trial to the saddle, thought that would be the hardest part but it wasnt for me, last 2 miles before summit really kicked my butt. this hike worn me out.
Posted Jul 12, 2010 11:39 am

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