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GuiltyNorth Loop to Summit down South Loop to Griffith and back to North Loop Trailhead.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2006

Guilty

Nice weather, with a little snow on the North Loop Trail. Stop at the plane wreck while heading back on the South Loop Trail and took some pictures. This was a big 'circle-loop' hike that I did under 8 hours.
Posted Jun 8, 2006 5:20 pm

DonnieBvia Big Falls  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2006

DonnieB

Perfect weather w/ a nice breeze and good company make for a great day. Big Falls is really flowing and several snow patches in avy chutes made for fun glisade on the way down. Lot's of other large falls are flowing on the way up that are seldom seen. Big Falls is approximately 7 miles round trip w/ 4000' plus of elevation gain and one of the most direct routes to summit.
Posted Jun 7, 2006 9:40 pm

Tracyvarious routes over the years  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 1990

Tracy

In May of 1990, I climbed this one with Jerry Faircloth. This was at least my 5th time on the summit. I had previously summited via Trail Canyon and the north loop on November 1, 1980 (solo) and in the 1970's with my dad and two brothers. The previous 2 times up the south loop were with fellow scouts Paul Utz, Jay Groesbeck, Bruce Koellicker, Mark Nilsen, and my 2 brothers and my Dad. In the summer of 1994 I led a group of scouts up Carpenter Canyon from the Pahrump side, but we turned around and went back down after getting to Peak Spring.
Posted Apr 21, 2006 5:27 am

Matt KEast Face
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2006
Climbed with forjan, mdostby and Kevin Cannon. Did not summit, but I plan to be back. Beautiful day in the mountains.
Posted Mar 25, 2006 2:02 am

markhyamsSE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2005

markhyams

First hike in Nevada. Great views, and I like being 10,000 feet above surrounding terrain.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 6:45 pm

Steve-hamiltonRoute Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: 14 January 2006  Sucess!

Steve-hamilton

Beautiful day good company great route
Posted Jan 15, 2006 3:21 pm

mdostbyRoute Climbed: East Face Route via Big Falls Date Climbed: January 14, 2006

mdostby

Hiked with Miguel, Andrew, Mark and Steve. I topped out at 10,200', well below the summit, while the others went on to summit. Nice day with some fun class 3 at the head wall of Big Falls.
Posted Jan 15, 2006 11:44 am

awagherRoute Climbed: EAST FACE Date Climbed: January 14th,2006  Sucess!

awagher

Nice day out. Summited via the East Face.
Posted Jan 15, 2006 4:19 am

Steve-hamiltonRoute Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: January 1 2006  Sucess!

Steve-hamilton

Bob Jim and myself sent New Year's Eve on south ridge just below treeline and summited Charleston at 0815 hrs New Year's Day 2006. Cold,windy with light snow.
Posted Jan 11, 2006 8:14 pm

ranjackRoute Climbed: South Loop Trail (roundtrip) Date Climbed: November 14, 2005  Sucess!

ranjack

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

ubiquitvRoute Climbed: South Loop Trail (up and back) Date Climbed: 11/05/05  Sucess!
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

brianhughesRoute Climbed: Trail Canyon>North Loop>South Loop Date Climbed: Oct. 16th, 2005  Sucess!

brianhughes

This was a tough day for an old man. Added up to almost 20 miles and 5,000 feet vertical. Car-to-car time of 13 hours, but loved every minute of it. Spent over an hour on the summit.
Posted Oct 24, 2005 11:31 pm

mountaingazelleRoute Climbed: South Loop - North Loop/Trail Canyon Date Climbed: October 8, 2005  Sucess!

mountaingazelle

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

easleygoneRoute 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 NelsenRoute Climbed: South Loop up/North Loop return Date Climbed: July 29th, 2005  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

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

CortezRoute Climbed: Nort Loop/Trail Canyon Date Climbed: May 25, 2002  Sucess!

Cortez

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.



Set List:

I.

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

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

rlawson

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!

horalka

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

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