Climbed via the south loop. Found this 18 mile hike to be much easier than anticipated. All the climbing is front-loaded into the first 4 miles or so, leaving the rest of the hike an easy ridge walk to the summit. Interesting remains of a top-secret plane crash dating from 11/17/55 near the summit. The plane was carrying scientists working on the U2 spy plane project to Area 51 when it crashed in a blizzard. The government denied it's existence for many years.
Camped at Cave Spring and summitted the next day. Great trail, easy walking. Saw several people who didn't bring enough water.
South Loop Trailhead route.. 3 hours up and 2.1 hours down. Trailhead 7700ft. Peak 11900+ ft. Had a great time!!! What an amazing day. I originally headed up to Mt. Charleston from the Las Vegas area thinking I would do a 2 mile hike.. Found the South Loop trail and motivated myself to make the journey up the peak... I originally only had 15 oz. of water with me and that's it! As I ascended and my water was depleating rapidly I ran into another pair of hikers headed up to Giffith Peak, and I told them my intentions.. They saw I only had about 5 oz. of water left and gave me another 16 oz. of water! What a nice gesture.. I told them, at approx. 10,000ft and heading up, that now I was determined to make it to the peak!! After more rationing with the liquids, I made it to the peak, and found a half gallon water jug sitting under the flag at the peak, that had approx. 10oz. of water left in it. I filled up my small water bottle and headed back down the mt. after taking in some amazing views!! If your planning on doing this hike.. I would highly sugguest bringing at least 3 liters of water. I had no nutrition or food for 6 hours, and my body was feeling that!! Have fun!! Aaron Brown
Up and back on the South Loop Trail. Hail and fog, very cold on top.
Postholing up to my crotch. Turned back at 9,100 feet.
We had a beautiful day for this hike. Had the summit to ourselves and the weather was perfect. We stayed on top for about an hour just enjoying the wonderful day. Did Hayford the next day.
My roommate Dave, his cousin JT, and myself all reached the summit on 10/16/08. Unfortunately, we got a late start and ended up descending the North Loop to Trail Canyon in the dark with one flashlight. Even so it was a total blast and I can't wait for March to attempt a snowy summit!
All of last weekend's snow is melted off the trail. It was cold at the summit, about 40 degrees with a chilling wind. My friend Ron placed a US and a Nevada flag on the summit.
We summitted on the South Loop Trail as an out and back. Lovely fall colors down low. Saw some mule deer on the ascent. Sunny but cool day with stiff winds once we reached the ridge. We did not feel the altitude at all. Saw one other person ascending as we were descending so had the mountain almost to ourselves. Saw a lot of plane parts - what's with that crash!
It looks like the weather is going to get crazy up there 30-45 mph gusts , rain- hail, sounds fun!
This is my second attempt. Did the peak last summer in 7 hr (south loop)
Going with a buddy of mine , his first peak, :)
Wish me luck!
Great hike! Weather was great, light wind , high 40s low 50s, up and down south loop in 7hr total. 30 min lunch on summit, and about 15min worth of breaks during the ascent.
For a good pace shoot for-
2 hr to main ridge
2 hr from ridge to the summit
2-230 for descent
Climbed Charleston Peak 14 times in 2 years. From South/North Loop trail head, Trail Canyon, Carpenter Canyon, Big Fall, Rainbow Canyon etc...
I usually climb this mountain with another mountain (Griffth and Mummy)
Not what I expected near Vegas, good experience.
2nd try, 1st time i made it!!!, took the south loop. i left at 6:15 a.m. as soon as it was light enough and made it back to the trailhead at 6:55 p.m. 12 hours and 40 minutes, very grueling long, long day but it was amazing to actually make it. i trained for it the previous 7 weeks by climbing over 2200 flights of stairs, it helped tremendously, coming down was actually harder on my legs than going up, tough on the knees and quads too. the views along the way were just great. what else was really cool too was the last 600-700 feet to the summit are above the timberline, no vegetation whatsoever, only broken rock, you feel like you're on the surface of the moon! one bit of advice i would give to anyone considering climbing mt. charleston, about 80% of the trail is loose rock and i don't mean gravel either. trekking poles are a must for safety in my opinion, i saw several people who didn't use them but i think that they're an absolute must. it's a very remote area and if you fall or twist an ankle way up high on the mountain, you could find yourself in real trouble very quickly, cell phones don't have reception up there either. a note on the windshield about where you're going and when you expect to be back could be a lifesaver as well especially if you're climbing alone. it was a great experience[even though i got caught in a hailstorm on the way down]. next time i might camp out and make it a 2 day trip
Started at Harris Springs trailhead. Tagged Charleston Peak and Griffith Peak.
Hit it a few times but never signed this log.
Age 10 months -- carried by Daddy. My highest summit yet. I wonder how many other people my age or younger have been on this summit. Probably not many. I am just fine after this hike, but Daddy looks really tired.
North/South Loop Combo around Kyle Canyon. Trip Report
Skied from the summit! Trip Report
GOOD CONDITIONING HIKE FROM N LOOP, S LOOP, TRAIL CYN, BIG FALLS, ETC. OTHER CLIMBS TO SUMMIT 6/7/01, 6/14/02, 10/14/02, 5/24/03, 5/31/03, 6/18/03, 7/16/03, 8/27/03, 5/22/04, 5/29/04, 6/12/04, 6/19/04, 6/21/05, 7/4/05, 8/2/06, 11/5/06, 7/1/07, 7/11/07, 7/14/07, 7/28/07, 9/6/07, 6/25/08, 8/8/09, (9/27/09 with Pat and Anna), 7/13/11, 8/18/15, 6/4/16, 9/5/16, 5/9/18(new route from Echo trailhead), 6/16/19, 6/14/20