I've climbed/ hiked this mountain from the south side (except one year, when I did the south to north loop) on my birthday for 5 years, except for 2007.
Needed some R&R after a four day conference on the strip. Climbed up one of the gorges just off the Cathedral Rock trail to make it more interesting. Had unbelievable views (and a nice cough) of the smoke blowing in from the San Diego, CA fires. Its amazing how dirty the air over Vegas was! We summited just after sunset as the winds and cold were picking up and walked down the south loop trail under a full moon. Gorgeous hike with awesome views. Can't wait to go back again.
Made the mistake of taking the south loop at this time in March. You see, the south loop goes up via the north facing side of the valley whereas the north loop goes up via the south face of the valley. Anyway, about a mile out from the TH the trail disappeared under the snow and I was on my own. I spent the next few hours post-holing in snow at times up to my waist and cursing loudly. :) The summit however offered great views and it was nice to get out of the Vegas smog for a little bit. Almost got lost on the way down, but I was safely back at the TH before dark.
Solo climbed Charleston via the South Loop Trail. Best hike of my life!
An overnighter on Charleston, but had to descend in the middle of the night due to my friend getting sick. Ooooooh well.
I decided to climb this peak because it is on the western departure route from Nellis AFB to the Nellis Range Complex. It looked cool from 15,000', so why not check it out from the ground! When we returned to Nellis in October for a few weeks it seemed like a good opportunity.
I climbed using the South Loop trail and returned via the North Loop / Trail Canyon route, which made for a slightly longer round trip. The change in scenery was nice though and I liked each trail. The weather was really beautiful, but slightly windy and cold at the summit. Some iced over snow at the start of the North Loop made the decsent slighty more difficult initially. Overall - this was a great experience and something cool to do in the Vegas area!
It's was very relaxing to get out of the madness of all of the people for three days, hiked Griffith the day before, amazing views from both summits.
Not much snow this year. As this mtn. is in the backyard (no, not literaly), I make 2-3 summits early season to train. Still a great slice of mtn. scenery, aspens and all, in the middle of the desert.
A lucky Friday the 13th hike with buddies Ed and Ben. We enjoyed perfectly clear skies, little wind, and warm temps all the way. We took a leisurely 8.5 hours to complete the round circuit. It was bone dry all the way too--not at all like my July 2005 trip.
Somewhere between Lee Peak and Mt. Charleston is where the North Loop trail started to get beautiful, and it stayed like that for most of the way back via the South Loop. Really nice area--shame my camera batteries ran out right around there. :-(
The summit was cold and windy, so I didn't spend long up there. Oh well. I'm pretty sure I'll head back here again sometime.
Summited via SL in 3 hours, 1:20 from summit over to the summit of Griffith. Back down to TH by 2:00.
Many times by many routes.
hiked to the meadow day one, enjoyed an overnight on the mountain, summitted the next morning.
Late start and no plan to bivouac led to me not summiting but still a great winter day alone on the mountain. Snow above 10K left me postholing a bit but I really enjoyed it and plan to return for another try in winter.
This was my 47th time on the summit of Charleston Peak and I still enjoy this mountain a lot.
Bob Potts and I Spent New Year Eve on the south ridge and summited Charleston New Years Day @ 0900 hrs.
This route shaved a lot of time off the normal trails. More snow would have made this route a lot more fun. It was a challenge to go through the avalanche debris with limited snow. We couldn't get a great axe hold and mostly climbed class 2-3 with a few icy steep slopes. This route is best left for mid winter.
Climbed with Tina. This was my 3rd time up this route. Started from Mary Jane Falls T/H at 7:00am. Reached the summit by 11:45am. Spent almost an hour at the top. Descended the SLT.
Route Climbed: East Face
Date Climbed: March 20, 2006
Climbed with SP'ers mdostby, Matt K and Kevin Cannon. Started from the Mary Jane Falls trailhead at 6:10am. Kevin and I summited by 1:33pm under white-out conditions....again very windy and cold at the summit. Didn't even bother signing the summit register. Left summit at 1:37pm. Back at the Mary Jane Falls trailhead by 4:55pm. We had much tougher snow conditions (lots of trail breaking) that when I climbed on January 14, 2006. Still a fun day in the mountains with friends.
Route Climbed: East Face
Date Climbed: January 14, 2006
Climbed with Steve-hamilton, mdostby, awagher and ming21. Started at 6:15am or so. Summited by 12:35pm. Cold & windy at the summit. Back athe Mary Jane Falls trailhead by 4:30pm. The East Face is a great and quick route to the summit of Charleston Peak. Enjoyed it greatly. We had easier snow conditions compared to my January 2004 epic.
Route Climbed: via a NE ridge from Kyle Canyon; descent via circumnavigation of Charleston down to Trail Canyon
Date Climbed: January 3, 2004
This has been by far just about the most grueling and exhaustive climb I've done (...and I've done my share of climbs this past 2 years: several California 14ers as day climbs, got to the top of the East Horn of Mt Williamson, CA in winter via the NE Ridge, summited Mt Whitney in full winter conditions, plus others). The reason for all this was deep snow and routefinding without a map. I broke trail for approx 3000 vertical feet on 3-foot powdery snow. I had my snowshoes from the start all throughout the day basically. TR here.
South Loop dayhike with Mummy Mountain tagged en route.
Tough hike going up "the Line" ski run, then went to the left up a 1000+ elevation gain over .6 miles up a chute. Then it was just along the north loop trail to the summit. Came down the same way. It was rough watching my step down the chute and trying to avoid stickers on plants.
Hiked again via Trail Canyon. 5-12-07