Hiked to summit while stationed at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Summited today as part of a 30-mile trail run tour of the Spring mountains. Super windy and very cold up the South loop near the Summit. No Snow or Ice. Really had perfect conditions all day (summit chill not withstanding). What a great mountain range. I need to get back and explore some more!
Thunderstorms predicted at 20% after eleven. So at 11:01 the booming started, then the rain, then the hail. Surprising, but I had the mountain to myself for a change.
Up the South Loop. Warm day.
With Krista. Awesome peak. Hiked the North Loop from Trail Canyon.
Took five hours and five minutes up and one hour less than that down. The weather was iffy and snow squalls and cold rain hit just after I got back to the tree line, making much of the 10.3 mile descent back to the car seem longer than the ascent. This was a very well set up trail however and whoever planned it out was a genius.
#1 10-7-16 Solo. Beautiful cool fall day. Almost no wind on top. Had the summit and all of the paraphernalia to myself. The artistry of the bristlecone trees is fabulous. Inadvertently left a Nalgene on top but a couple heading up said they would make good use of it, so that's the main thing! I camped near the Trail Canyon TH and it worked out fine. Shortly after leaving the TH at 6:30 a small herd of deer appeared suddenly along the trail and seemed not to worry about me hiking past them.
Ran/speed hiked the North Loop route from Trail Canyon, roundtrip was 16.4 miles and 5,000 vertical. Total time was 3:29. This is an INCREDIBLE trail, so beautiful. I was blown away. Had the summit to myself.
Beautiful weather and very clear skies. No problems for the first 6 miles up the North Loop Trail (we started from Trail Canyon Trailhead). The South Loop was officially closed, as indicated at the Trail Canyon Trailhead. Then we hit snow- it was on again off again for the next mile or so. We had snowshoes, but it was still pretty slippery, as the snow was drifted diagonally over the trailing. The going was slow. About a half mile from the summit, right at the switchbacks, we encountered much more snow in the chute. We didn't feel comfortable continuing and turned around.
Late start (11:30), but beautiful hike and perfect weather. The color change is near peak - vibrant yellows and oranges.
Delightful hike starting at Trail Canyon. Spend the night at the trailhead and got an early start. At least 25 people summited by my count. A lovely sunny day with little wind up top.
The airy traverse along the cliffside after Devil's Thumb is quite something : a masterful piece of trail building .
Best part of the mountain! Fun easy scramble up Devil's Thumb then a stiff walk to summit. Warm day with too many people on the trail.....next stop Mummy. Couldn't do Griffith due to fire damage closure and endangered butterfly.
Climbed with Mummy. Found small patches of snow on the descent off Charleston, which we stuffed our water bottles with, stuffed down our shirts, in our hats, and all around our neck. Was good relief from the heat. Devil's thumb scramble was short and sweet but very FUN!
Arrived at trailhead after midnight & slept in car. Came from San Diego. Started out at 5:30am. No snow on trail. No water sources. Reached summit at 11:00am. Took my time going down, with long rests, my legs were wobbly coming from sea level and also this was my first summit of the year. Got back to trailhead at 5:30pm. 12 hour round trip. Was very hot at 7,000 feet. Carried three 1-liter bottles and that was plenty. Great trail, well marked, cannot get lost. 16 miles round trip.
Nice day for a climb. Brought crampons just in case but never needed them. There were a few sections of snow crossing the trail near the thumb, but there were good steps already kicked in and was melted enough (10:30am) for my comfort level. Snow won't be around much longer, melting away fast. I was amazed to have voice and data (ATT) on most of the route.
After two weeks sick and a hospital visit, I decided to climb Charleston despite lingering bronchitis. Around 10,800 feet we encountered deep snow. I decided to turn around because of the conditions. My two partners continued on and reached the summit, taking about 13 hours round-trip. They later told me that much of the last several miles was waist-deep snow
Update: I returned November 22, 2017 and was successful.
Weather was perfect. I can't imagine this in August... omg
Nice pit to pitch the tent in. Protected us from the gust, my best estimate up to 40mph.
Heidi and I ended up in Las Vegas unexpectedly. After a late night in town we planned to drive over to the Spring Mtns and hike up Griffith. Oops. South Loop trail was closed due to previous fire. Got a map from the ranger and decided to do Mt. Charleston via north loop trail. It was a long 20.6-mile round trip. 5 1/4 hours up and 5 hours back. We took a lot of water and wished we'd taken more.
Went up South Loop to Griffith Peak then to Charleston Peak and then down North Loop. Beautiful day, perfect for the end of November. Lots of snow when going down North Loop. Altitude got us bad between Griffith and Charleston and half way down North Loop. We left at 6 AM and hit Charleston Peak at 1PM (including the Griffith stop). Back to car at 6PM. GPS said 20 miles loop in exactly 12 hours. Nobody else on the mountain.