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rlawsonRoute Climbed: South Loop up and back Date Climbed: July 10, 2005  Sucess!


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

DesertAdventuresRoute Climbed: Hidden Falls Date Climbed: 4-21-05  Sucess!
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,

Donnie B
Posted Apr 29, 2005 9:57 pm

horalkaRoute Climbed: Up South loop & Down North loop via Trail canyon trail Date Climbed: July 6, 2004  Sucess!


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 BoltonRoute Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: October 18, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

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

wwellsRoute Climbed: South Loop trail Date Climbed: October 4, 2004  Sucess!


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 PoulinRoute Climbed: Up North Trail Canyon, Down South Loop Trail Date Climbed: 9 September 2004  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

Beautiful day, I had the mountain to myself.
Posted Sep 14, 2004 6:47 pm

one6180339Route Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: July 23, 02004  Sucess!


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

bennovakRoute Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: September 6, 1998  Sucess!


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

ShaaseRoute Climbed: South Loop Date Climbed: Summer 1999  Sucess!


Nice hike after route setting on limestone....
Posted Jun 22, 2004 4:11 pm

GuiltyRoute Climbed: South Loop up and X/C to Big Falls out. Date Climbed: May 9, 04  Sucess!


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

cp0915Route Climbed: South Loop Date Climbed: Aug 2002  Sucess!


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

birdheadRoute Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!


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 HikerVarious Routes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008

Day Hiker

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

DeanRoute Climbed: South Loop Date Climbed: October 25, 2003  Sucess!


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

surgentRoute Climbed: South Loop Date Climbed: Nov 26 1999  Sucess!


Hiked it the day after thanksgiving 1999. Still no snow- very nice conditions. Long hike for me- started at 7 am, down by 6 pm (I turned an ankle up high and had to walk slow down the trail). Beautiful experience! Only met 2 others, including one guy with AS who turned around halfway up.
Posted Aug 28, 2003 12:01 pm

lasvegasrobRoute Climbed: South Loop Date Climbed: June 8, 2003  Sucess!
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

cuprinaRoute Climbed: South Loop up, North Loop down Date Climbed: June 15th, 2002  Sucess!
Nice easy dayhike.
Posted Mar 13, 2003 4:09 pm

Dave DalyRoute Climbed: South Loop Date Climbed: July 23rd 1997  Sucess!

Dave Daly

Fun day hike. Nice plane wreckage near the south side of the summit. Looked for Jimmy Hoffa's body.....no joy!
Posted Sep 24, 2002 9:39 pm

DWuthrichRoute Climbed: South Loop Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2001  Sucess!
Great Hike! The meadows provided a great place to camp after a late afternoon starting time! (We didn't hit the trailhead until around 2pm) Quick jaunt to the peak from deep in the meadows. Left the packs behind and just brought water and some snacks. Considerably quicker descending. Watch the knees!
Posted Sep 11, 2002 3:46 pm

Glenn CampbellRoute Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: Aug. 5, 2002  Sucess!

Glenn Campbell

Reach the summit with Jim Boone. Up and back on South Loop trail. Took us 6.5 hours up, 5 hours down. Clear day but 50 mph gusts at summit. I used 2 liters of liquid.
Posted Aug 5, 2002 1:33 pm

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