Charleston Peak Climber's Log

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horalka

horalka - Nov 4, 2004 12:57 pm

Route 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.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Oct 21, 2004 12:52 am

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

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.

wwells

wwells - Oct 7, 2004 1:38 am

Route 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.

Dennis Poulin

Dennis Poulin - Sep 14, 2004 6:47 pm

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

Beautiful day, I had the mountain to myself.

one6180339

one6180339 - Aug 21, 2004 2:44 pm

Route 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.

bennovak

bennovak - Aug 21, 2004 3:15 am

Route 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.

Guilty

Guilty - May 13, 2004 10:02 pm

Route 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.

cp0915

cp0915 - Feb 18, 2004 10:05 am

Route 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.

birdhead

birdhead - Feb 4, 2004 1:12 am

Route 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.

Day Hiker

Day Hiker - Dec 28, 2003 12:13 am Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008

Various Routes  Sucess!

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.

Dean

Dean - Oct 27, 2003 9:37 am

Route 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 !!!

lasvegasrob - Jun 11, 2003 1:17 pm

Route 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.

cuprina - Mar 13, 2003 4:09 pm

Route Climbed: South Loop up, North Loop down Date Climbed: June 15th, 2002  Sucess!

Nice easy dayhike.

Dave Daly

Dave Daly - Sep 24, 2002 9:39 pm

Route Climbed: South Loop Date Climbed: July 23rd 1997  Sucess!

Fun day hike. Nice plane wreckage near the south side of the summit. Looked for Jimmy Hoffa's body.....no joy!

DWuthrich - Sep 11, 2002 3:46 pm

Route 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!

Glenn Campbell

Glenn Campbell - Aug 5, 2002 1:33 pm

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

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.

Glenn Campbell

Glenn Campbell - Jun 24, 2002 10:07 am

Route Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: June 23, 2002

My first training hike for Mt. Whitney later this season. Started up the South Loop at 2pm the day before, and it took me 5 hours to reach the ridge (including naps) with a full pack. Passed a lot of people coming down in obvious pain. By the time I reached the ridge, I was completely exhausted. Camped at the Harris Trail junction at 10,500' (photo). Tried for the summit in the morning, without pack, but turned back about 2 miles short of it. No point in killing myself.



On this ascent, I wore a heart rate monitor. This was very useful in pacing myself during the climb. (When my heart rate went above 150, an alarm sounded and I slowed down.) I would definitely use it again.



I used about 2 liters of water on this hike.



Lessons learned: I quickly got used to the elevation by spending most of the day near the trailhead (7,500') and the night at 10,500. Leg fatigue was the main issue.

tonyo

tonyo - Jun 24, 2002 6:56 am

Route Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: June 22, 2002  Sucess!

There were already many people on the trail when my son and I began the hike at about 6:15. Four hours later for him, and five for me, we were on the summit. There are some very nice sections of the trail, but for me this was a very grueling hike. I'm glad I did it, but I don't think I'll be repeating it soon.

bcaffee - Jun 17, 2002 9:40 pm

Route Climbed: South Loop Trail Date Climbed: June 15, 2002  Sucess!

My first attempt and first summit of this mtn. Up and back on the south loop trail. Departed trailhead just before daybreak--a well-planned move on my part to avoid temperature extremes in the late afternoon. I was back at the trailhead by 2pm. Uphill progress seemed very sluggish, but I made the summit in the suggested 6 hrs. The descent was approximately half of that. Wildlife abounds in the meadow on the ridge and just below (spotted six deer!) take a camera and plenty of water. My next trip here will definately be an overnight--wonderful locations for camping in the meadow on the ridge (about 4 miles from the summit)!

rcorby2

rcorby2 - May 29, 2002 1:58 pm

Route Climbed: South Trail Loop and North Trail Loop Date Climbed: April 5,6, 2002

I was ashamed to have my first posting be a failure, so now that I have made it to the top I'll post my first attempt. Basically, I flew to Vegas on April 4th. My friend living in Vegas dropped me off at the mountain on April 5th. Starting off at 9:30am with a 45lb pack I started up the South Loop Trail - at 3:30pm I retreated down to the canyon and set up camp. Saturday I hiked to the North Trail Loop and tried that one. Almost made it, got to the Devil's Thumb and had to turn around - mission aborted! Bivied at the base of the canyon again and exfilled on Sunday afternoon. I'll post a detailed trip report later this week with the details of all the tings I did wrong which resulted in my failure. I think there are some good lessons to be learned here for any one wanting to climb Mount Charleston durring winter months.

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