Ascent of Charleston Peak on 2015-06-11

Climber: bob l

Date:Thursday, June 11, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Charleston Peak
    Elevation:11916 ft / 3631 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wow. Big hike. I started at the Trail Canyon trailhead, which was already busy when I got there around 7 am. I walked the 2 miles up to the North Loop trail junction area having to stop a few times along the way due to the steepness. It was a good warm-up for the rest of the hike. For a short distance from the junction, the trail kind of rolls gradually along but then it starts into a more sharply angled ascent going through switchback patterns or canyon walk-arounds as it closes in on the summit base area. These lower mountainside switchbacks foreshadow what awaits and guards the summit. It's a tough hike through this main leg and I had to stop numerous times. Finally, I reached the bald summit base where I had to reckon with several long switchbacks that eventually navigated me to the summit. These switchbacks are brutal and slowly trudged and I won't be forgetting them anytime soon. Up on the summit, it was serene and I felt accomplished. And, I didn't even have any visibility; a dense fog was also climbing up and around the entire summit area, but it was still beautiful up there. It had to be in the 40s weather-wise, so I started down soon returning on the same trail. To be honest, at times, this downward march felt like a slow drip and I could feel the effects of the big elevation changes I had just been through. All in all though, this was a great, satisfying hike. And, I wasn't the only one enjoying it. I passed many people going up and coming down. It's good to share the mountain sometimes.
Summary Total Data
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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