Back from Vegas and the Spring Mountains are pretty cool. I ended up doing the SL up, hit Griffith then Charleston and came down the NL. About 17 miles and it took me 8 hours and 15 minutes car to car. I was surprised at how much both trails contour which makes for great views but lots of miles. I would agree that the SL is the best route up but all the contouring and elevation gain on the way down the NL is a bit grating. I'm glad I came down that route because I found it to be very scenic and different from the route up.
Weird thing is I saw some blood splatter on the trail just a few hundred feet down the NL from the summit. Just when you start to get into some of the cliffs. I proceed to see blood spots every couple feet for a mile or two. That's a lot of blood ( I mean you could not miss blood every foot or two.) I was able to find blood drips anytime I spend time looking almost all the way to Trail Canyon. I thought about stopping at the ranger station to try and find out what happened because of the amount of blood but did not. You would think someone would try and stop the bleeding, 6 - 8 miles of dripping equals a lot of blood loss.