Ascent of Charleston Peak on 2014-02-23

Climber: David Darby

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Charleston Peak
    Elevation:11916 ft / 3631 m

Ascent Trip Report

Flew Boston -> Vegas on Sat evening, picked up a rental car and drove (~hr) up to the parking lot at the North Loop trail head stopping along the way to pick up some munchies for the hike. Arrived at the parking lot around 1:00am and car camped till ~6:00am. Caught a beautiful sunrise as I was organizing my gear, took a few pictures and hit the trailhead at about 6:45am.

06:45 - Trail head at North Loop parking lot
07:35 - Trail intersection (trail canyon trhd) / sign
07:53 - I hit a path branching to the right. I had left my detailed maps in the car (doooh), and I guessed this trail headed up to Mummy Mt - it didn't. I pretty much gut cliffed out in ~10+ mins and headed back to the main trail. Next time I'm here I'd hit Mummy Mt.
08:20 - Back on the main North Loop trail.
10:15 - Lee Peak summit
12:30 - Charleston Peak summit. Spent ~10 mins on the summit (beautiful day).
12:40 - Depart the summit.
15:35 - Back at the trail intersection (trail conyon trhd) / sign
16:16 - Back at the trailhead/car.

Summary: A difficult/long hike. There are ~6+ snow slide areas that I had to cross. I thought I could do this with microspikes - but no way. One slip and I would moving 100MPH down a 45+ degree snow/ice slope. I changed to my snowshoes and felt more comfortable. However, I highly recommend crampons and an ice axe. I was lucky that this is a very very light snow year. The summit had patches of snow when I assume it usually is completely covered at the end of February.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1527 ft / 464 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5224 ft / 1591 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.1 mi / 16.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Blue Bird day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1227 ft / 373 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 627 ft / 191 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Loss on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:North Loop Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lee Peak  11289 ft / 3440 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4624 ft / 1409 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4324 ft / 1317 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:8.1 mi / 13 km
    Route:North Loop Trail
    End Trailhead:North Loop Trailhead  7592 ft / 2314 m
    Time:3 Hours 36 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2014-02-23 Charleston

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Lee Peak2014-02-233548 ft / 1081 m
2Charleston Peak2014-02-231527 ft / 465 m
Total Trip Gain: 5075 ft / 1546 m    Total Trip Loss: 5224 ft / 1592 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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