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Charleston Peak Loop, NV
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Charleston Peak Loop, NV 
Charleston Peak Loop, NV
 
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2017
BiFrost
Hiking19.77 Miles 6,101 AEG
Hiking19.77 Miles   10 Hrs   12 Mns   2.07 mph
6,101 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We started hiking about 645 from Trail Canyon Trailhead which connects with the North Loop Trail. It’s about 2 miles up Trail Canyon and 1700 feet gain to North Trail junction but high quality trail all the way. Once on North Loop Trail it’s less steep and some traversing towards Charleston Peak.

We ran into first snow at about 10,900 on North Loop Trail. There were a few sections of snow along the traverse but nothing that we couldn’t cross. The traverse also had some cool rocky cliffs on the approach to Charleston Peak. Just below the peak the final switchbacks kick in for the last 900 feet above tree line.

We took an extended break on the summit which we had to ourselves for about 10 minutes until a group of people came up from the South Loop Trail. After lunch break we headed down South Loop Trail which is slightly longer than North Loop. Just like North Loop the South traverses along the ridge line descending gradually for about 5 miles. The South Loop trail had been closed for several years because of fire damage in 2013 but has since reopened. Most of the first damage is in that 5 mile section on the south side of the ridgeline which sparred Kyle Canyon.

South Loop abruptly descends from the ridge line at the Griffith Peak junction. But before dropping down went up Griffith Peak about 1 mile round trip. The fire burned the summit but still nice views with elevation just above 11,000.

Back at the junction we headed down South Loop with impressive switchbacks dropping 2700 feet in about 4 miles. Again very good trail conditions as was most of the North and South Loop trail. Cathedral is the end of South Loop Trail so we used a connector trail over to Echo trail head and then hiked about ½ mile up the road to Trail Canyon trail head and our vehicle. Of course if we had two vehicles it would have been an easy shuttle but not really a big deal with only about a mile between trail heads.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cave Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
there is a spring box where the trail crosses with clear water for filtering
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