Didn't plan to combine with Harris, but couldn't resist. trip report
Summited today as part of a 30-mile trail run tour of the Spring mountains. What a great mountain range. I need to get back and explore some more!
We went up the South Loop with the intent of hitting at least Griffith & Charleston with a Mummy bonus. Bonus did not happen. When we got to the top of the ridge we made left to Griffith but missed the trail going up. We looped round the peak a bit until we realized what happened. We went right up the talus to the peak. Nice views, nice pictures, beautiful sunny mid 60° Thanksgiving day. Signed the log and to Charleston Peak we went. Half way to it the altitude hit us. Not too bad for me buy wife barely handled it, very funny at times. From Charleston Peak we went down North Loop to parking lot. Due to altitude sickness we lost time and since I knew at 6 was absolute darkness I decided no Mummy. Back to car happy & impressed with my wife's level of determination. 6:AM to 6:PM 20 miles loop.
Cold and cloudy, I was woefully undersupplied and underdressed, but it felt like Everest!
Part of a Spring Mountains peak-bagging trip.
The first time up we went from the Harris Springs side. Very nice, no one else on the trail. The second time we went up from the South Loop, and it was crowded. On the way down we got caught in a thunderstorm. Fortunately we always carry rain gear.
Abby and I had the peak to ourselves, which is becoming a rarity. Indeed, only saw one other group on the way up and they were heading to Charleston. Beautiful, sunny day, no wind. No snow :-( Saw a deer in the avalanche chute. First climbed in 2009 and have averaged at least twice a year since then. Nicest may have been a traverse going up the South Loop and down to Harris Peak Road (thanks to Barry doing the shuttle), in fall 2010. The South Loop trailhead construction is better than it was last fall, and not so annoying (now avoids the useless gain and loss) but parking must be horrendous on the weekend.
Quick side trip for a snack and nice view of Vegas after Charleston. Good bit of snow but not an obstacle.
Went up with my wife (as usual) via the SLT. Annoying construction makes the beginning of the SLT confusing. Loved the sheer limestone cliffs and the unique views of Red Rock from this vantage point. 10 miles is a long day for us at this point. No snow today on the trail, just a couple patches in the shade in the avalanche chute.
Again on 7/7/17 after Charleston. GPS track
Stopped at Griffith on the way to Charleston Peak via the south loop trail. There are some large snow drifts blocking the trail but they are easy to avoid.
Great time to climb this mountain if your looking to use your ice axe close to vegas. Crampons are not essential but would be helpful. Great weather with little wind!
Great hike, great views. My first time over 11,000 feet. I would love to camp on this peak or on the ridgeline.
One of my favorite trails - South Loop trail up to saddle, veer to the left for the summit. Did this time as peak 3 of a 3-peaks in one day with the LVMC.
still snow on trail. south loop to griffith, then charleston, north loop to mummy. long day.
With Eva Rainier and Limage. Great snowy peak so close to Vegas!
...for late May. The SL is largely covered with snow from 8500' up, so it is best to either follow the ridgelines or previous footprints, if you trust them. Came down via the avy chute in Echo for a quick getaway!
SLT and then followed snowshoe and snowboard tracks up the face; snowshoes + ax/poles. No tracks on either side of the mountain, according to the log last summit was in early February. Didn't see anyone else all day.
I've climbed at least 20 times, 2x snowshoeing in winter, by crampon up the avalanche chute, as part of 3 to 5-peak loops, etc.
Have been up Harris Springs, South Loop and Mountaineers route in the winter. Love to go the winter, also provides a great view of Vegas at night
Detour on the South Loop on the way to Mt. Charleston.
Pics and Trip Report here.