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South Loop Charleston Peak TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2019
Jim_H
Hiking16.50 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles   12 Hrs      1.38 mph
4,500 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Don't attempt this trail until well after July 4th. Excessive snow is present!

My plan was for a loop going up the south and down the north loop. There is excessive snow on the north face of Charleston, and I wasn't about to kill myself going down that, slipping, and going off a cliff. This is despite the nearly clear appearance of the north loop itself. So, I went up and down this.

I really should have seen the snow, and gone up the north loop to as far as I could make it, and then turned back. The best part of the hike is the upper trail and cliffs, anyway.

There is about 4 to 5 feet of dense snow on the upper trail, and being unfamiliar with the route I went directly up a slope that had existing boots tracks. The hike on the ridge is a mix of snow, flowing sheets of water, dry rock, water flowing on the trail, and mud, lots of mud. It's really lousy and not at all worth doing.

Coming down was a nightmare. If you want to do this hike, wait 3 to 4 weeks.
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