Charleston Peak Trail North Loop

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada

Distance3.5mi
Elevation Gain2,810ft
Trailhead Elevation8,400ft
Top10,007ft
Elevation Min/Max8392/10007ft
Elevation Start/End8400/8400ft

Charleston Peak Trail North Loop

Charleston Peak Trail North Loop is a hiking trail in Mount Charleston, Nevada. It is within Mount Charleston Wilderness Area and Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 8,400 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,810 feet. This trail connects with the following: Deer Creek Trail.

Charleston Peak Trail North Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"An ascent of Charleston Peak is considered to be the ultimate experience in the Spring Mountains by many. The well-engineered and well-maintained 20-mile Mt. Charleston National Recreation Trail, divided into the North Loop and South Loop trails, provides an excellent route to the 11,918-foot summit, which towers over the surrounding terrain by as much as 10,000 feet, offering extraordinary views across southern Nevada, southeastern California, and northwestern Arizona. The route as described below begins from the North Loop trailhead with a steep, nearly 3-mile ascent, followed by a lengthy journey along the crest of the range, and then a steep 4-mile descent to the South Loop trailhead.

On the upper slopes of Charleston Peak, summiteers pass above timberline into an alpine-like zone, where only ground-hugging plants can survive the arid, windy conditions. The vegetation within the Spring Mountains is unique, as the range contains nearly forty endemic species, the highest number of any range in the entire Great Basin."

Charleston Peak Trail North Loop Reviews

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9/1/2012
We aren't hikers but went up to view the location for an Eagle project. We took the ski lift up and then continued the climb to the summit in 3.5 hrs. Took the shortest route but very tough- hands and feet for much of it, no path and belayed once. Breathtaking views open up. Walked trails back down- thin as expected towards top but widening nicely upon descent. Knee braces would have been nice for the return, walking sticks important. Great hike.
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8/1/2009
an amazing hike, south loop We had to do it over two days due to monsoon on day one. Found an excellent overhang to camp under after getting drenched with rain and hail. About three miles up the south loop there is a natural spring. When you get to it, look to left up about 75 feet to right and you'll see the overhang. perfect place to stop...next morning blue skies..left much of our gear there to lighten the load...took another 4 hours to summit...within 30 minutes of summit another series of monsoons arrived with lightening and hail...got very cool...take extra water...if not very experienced suggest to use poles and knee braces..going up every turn is a Kodak moment..final summit is a series of switchbacks...take pics going up..sign-in book at summit...coming down you just want to get there..very strenuous but nice trails
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7/27/2008
I did only the South Loop, but the trail was pretty decent except for one section just before the summit where it appeared to lose and regain over 100 ft of elevation for no good reason. The views along the trail (once hitting the ridgeline) and from the summit were spectacular.
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8/3/2007
I'm an experienced dayhiker and amateur backpacker and I must say this was the most difficult but rewarding trail I've done in one day. A friend and I started at the South Loop trailhead and made it to the summit in about four hours. I strongly advise the reader not to do this hike this time of year as it is the monsoon season. For the first couple of hours on the trail it was bright and sunny, not a single cloud in the sky. As we hiked, small white clouds slowly began to form and join. On our way back from the summit it began to rain and hail and the temperature dropped significantly. It can be very dangerous on the high ridgeline when it's storming with lightning and all. The rain kept up the whole way back, all the way to the parking lot, with intermittent hail. In total, the round trip comes out to be 16.6 miles, climbing 4,278 vertical feet in 8.3 miles. A great sense of accomplishment is felt after making this trip. I highly recommend it.
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6/12/2007
The scenery is breathtaking. The trail is steep, but not on all fours steep. The altitude was a big obstacle for us, coming from Florida. We hiked four hours up and back and had a great time.
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Trail Information

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
Nearby City
Mount Charleston Wilderness Area
Parks
Las Vegas Ranger District, Mount Charleston Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Angel Peak, Charleston Peak, Griffith Peak
Local Maps

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Oct 2018