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Charleston Peak - Las Vegas, NV
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Charleston Peak - Las Vegas, NV 
Charleston Peak - Las Vegas, NV
 
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking19.30 Miles 5,374 AEG
Hiking19.30 Miles   9 Hrs   49 Mns   2.37 mph
5,374 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Charleston Peak has been on my radar screen for a while, and I finally got to hike it yesterday!

We started the hike bright and early at the Trail Canyon TH, which is where we also finished the hike. We began by hiking down the paved road for 1/4 mile or so to the Echo TH. Then we took the Echo Trail to the South Loop Trail at the Cathedral Rock Trailhead.

We then took the South Loop Trail all the way up to the summit of Charleston Peak. The trail was pretty steep until we got to a saddle down below Griffith Peak. There are lots of switchbacks on the trail, so the ascent was not bad. We hung out at the saddle for a bit and I contemplated going up to Griffith, but my compadres did not like the idea, so I'll save Griffith for another time. The saddle was at about 10,800' and the going was relatively flat for a couple of miles or more. Along the way we passed some airplane wreckage that supposedly had some connection to Area 51. There had been a fire on this side of the mountain at some point, so there are sections of the trail that go through burned out trees. Eventually we got to a point where the trail climbed 800-900 feet up to the summit. Most of this is above the treeline, and there are some nice views.

We hung around at the summit for a while and enjoyed the awesome views. It was a near perfect day weatherwise -- sunny with almost no wind -- and I did not even have a jacket on.

We then descended down the North Loop. We dropped about 1,000 feet in the first mile, and then the trail was relatively level for probably 3 miles. Eventually we started going downhill, and a couple of miles from the TH we took the Trail Canyon Trail back to the TH (this was at a well-marked trail junction).

I really enjoyed going down the north side, and that was the highlight of the hike for me. The views were outstanding, and once down below the treeline we went through an ancient bristlecone pine forest, which was cool to hike through.

The north trail was great to hike on, and we were able to pick up the pace on the descent.

There was one patch of snow on the north loop trail that we went through, but it was not in a sketchy part of the trail and it was no problem to get through without traction devices.

This hike is a winner in my book, and I would put it in my list of top ten hikes!
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