Didn't plan to combine with Griffith, but couldn't resist. trip report
Been up here several times, as a steep hike through the forest (much of it now burned by the 2013 wildfire), sometimes as part of a loop with other Spring Mountains peaks.
Start of a Spring Mountains peak-bagging trip.
No one else on the mountain. Off trail climb right up the side.
After bailing on a drive to the Harris trailhead (can't get a low-clearance vehicle up) in April and then abandoning an attempt up-and-over Griffith Peak this summer (started running out of daylight and water on the backside of Griffith), I parked at the pullover at the 156/157 intersection and bushwacked and scrambled my way to the top. Didn't really have a specific route; I just figured it out as I went. Made it up in about 3 hours -- probably could have done it much faster if I'd really known where to go. The way down was pretty tough as I bore too far to the east and had some treacherous rockslides and thick brush to contend with. Not really the best route to go solo, but I was up and back with only a couple blisters to speak of. The summit is really nice, and it was a beautiful day -- the aspens are bright yellow this time of year, and it's nice to see some foliage.
I needed to get out of the Vegas heat so I drove up the Harris Spring road to the Griffith Peak TH and camped the night before. In the morning I woke up and started my trail run. Upon reaching the Harris Saddle I slowed to hiking speed as I made my way up to Harris' summit. Nice views of the sweltering lowlands!
Blaze your own way through the rough. Pleasant top with several trees.
We approached the mountain from the Harris Springs road. Hiked up from the saddle to the west. We continued to Griffith Peak which was a nice day hike.
Found the log while searching the peak for a geocache.
Hiked 5 peaks in 1 day. Started from North Loop TH. Summited Fletcher, Mummy, Charleston, Griffith and Harris. Then Ends up with Rainbow Subdivision Regidential Area.
Today (May 13,2007) I took a variation of CP's northern route. Much nicer and more alpine, more challenge, compared to the normal Harris Springs slog. Then went out over Griffith and ran back to car parked at visitor's center. Made for a 12.3 mile day with 5100' accumulated elevation gain.
For 2002, this was the 3rd out of five 10k+ peaks designed to test my returning balance.
I hiked this one with a few friends of mine. We started off at the Harris Springs Trailhead. When we got to the Harris Saddle we took off cross country and headed for the peak. the last 500 feet or so the the top was very loose slippery rock. That was probably the hardest part of the entire hike....other then it was a bit warm on the exposed road to the saddle.
Followed Jim Boones suggested route loop that was 5.25 miles. His information was right on every time. I had my GPS with me. http://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/Mt_Char/Harris_Mtn/Harris_Mtn.htm
On the road to the Griffith Peak trailhead from Harris Springs Road, I parked the car about 1.5 miles below the trailhead due to deep snow on the road. I snowshoed 3 miles up to a point about 1.5 miles above the trailhead, where the trail turns west and passes a chute (elev ~8850ft) on the southwest side of Harris Mountain. I took off my snowshoes and headed up the chute and the southwest slope. The southwest slope was snow-free until I got within 400 vertical feet from the summit. There was at least 3 feet of snow on the summit.
Nice routes. Solo'd the NR. The NR Direct definitely steps the endeavor up a notch. SP's esugi and I did the Direct for fun and for practice/training purposes with no real attempt at the summit. Frankly, the snow got so deep and powdery on the upper ridge that we gladly decided to stop there, simulate some steep snow and glacier travel situations, before heading back down. Good times.