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Charleston Peak from Trail Canyon
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Charleston Peak from Trail CanyonVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2020
Hiking18.65 Miles 5,522 AEG
Hiking18.65 Miles   8 Hrs   51 Mns   2.36 mph
5,522 ft AEG      57 Mns Break
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Charleston Peak has been on my wish list for a long time. It shot up my list after Chumley and I drove through Vegas on our way to the Ruby Mountains in early July. It was on my mind and I decided to do this earlier in the week. I told Karl about it Thursday night and he was interested in joining me. He booked the hotel and I drove the sporty malibu. We would leave Phoenix on Friday afternoon and we stayed in a hotel in northwest Vegas. We were up early on Saturday and then on trail before 7am.

We started with Trail Canyon on the north end of the village. The trail makes a steady climb as it follows an old road. We were delighted to see the Aspens in prime color. This really added to a great hike. We climbed and climbed and eventually turned for Charleston. It was a long way as the trail wrapped around a ridge and then makes the final climb to the summit. I was gassed when we reached the top and was glad for the extended break. We would enjoy a summit beer and some food while we enjoyed the smoky views. All of southern Nevada is suffering under a cloud of smoke from the fires in California. Luckily it didn't ruin our hike.

After lunch, we continued north as we started the loop portion of the hike. We set a steady pace as the trail drops and then climbs a small way. As we headed north, we came over a ridge and saw total devastation from a fire in 2013. Thousands of trees were completely torched and all that remained was their charred skeletons. It was a bummer. We headed through and were saddened by may bristlecone pines that are gone. This goes on for a while.

With some effort we reached our turn, that leads down to the valley, and we took a break. From here, the trail makes a solid descent as it switches it way down. We were ready to be done and cruised down. We hit the bottom and then worked our way back over to the malibu. The area was very busy on this Saturday afternoon. We would reach the car around 4pm and we agreed to pack up and head back to Phoenix. It was a long day but well worth the effort. This was a great hike!
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