Ascent of Charleston Peak on 2013-05-23

Climber: Rob Anthony

Others in Party:Jeremy Jewell
Date:Thursday, May 23, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Charleston Peak
    Elevation:11916 ft / 3631 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove out of Las Vegas around 7 am to the Trail Canyon Trail Parking lot just on the outskirts of Old Town. Took the Trail Canyon Trail for 2 miles and then followed the North Loop Trail to the summit. Super windy summit, but filled out the registry and hunkered down in the windshield just to the south of the summit to eat lunch and enjoy a Summit Beer. Took the South Loop Trail back down and trekked the mile back to the car from the picnic area.

Perfect time to climb this peak as the weather was cool and lightly windy for most of the ascent and descent. The snow had just melted off the trail and we only had to cross 2 patches. I favor the north loop as the scenery is better and keeps getting better as you hike onward, with cliffs and spectacular views to the East and later the West. The South loop traverses a meadow for around 4 miles with little elevation gain a bit of ups and downs. In the interest of not upsetting my wife, we chose not to ascend Griffith peak, although that would only add a few miles and around 500 ft elevation gain to the trip. Did the 17 mile loop car-to-car in less than 9 hours including lots of photos and lunch on the summit (and this was with a guy from Ohio whom had never climbed a mountain before).

Both trails are well maintained and have excellent tread which allows for a rapid pace. The lower 4 miles of the South Loop does have a fair amount of tree roots to contend with.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4662 ft / 1420 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4662 ft / 1420 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17 mi / 27.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4162 ft / 1268 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Trail Canyon Trail/ North Loop
    Start Trailhead:Trail Canyon Trail Parking Lot  7754 ft / 2363 m
    Time:4 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4662 ft / 1420 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4162 ft / 1268 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:South Loop Trail
    End Trailhead:Trail Canyon Trail Parking Lot  7754 ft / 2363 m
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes

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