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Ascent of Charleston Peak on 2013-04-20

Climber: Adam Wood

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, April 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Charleston Peak
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:11916 ft / 3631 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took South Loop trail starting from Cathedral Rock up starting about 6AM. No snow on the trail up until over 9,000 ft. There is a bad section of snow in the avalanche chute near the "Mount Charleston Wilderness" sign. After that the snow clears until somewhere around 9400 ft where the South Loop Trail is completely inundated under snow that is at minimum knee deep. In the morning this snow was rock solid and I was able to follow someones snowshoe footprints straight up to the Meadows (the actual trail is nonexistent currently). Once you reach the Meadows the snow is just patches all the way to Charleston Peak. On the descent the snow had begun melting and that section from the Meadows down was an absolute nightmare each step in snow sunk me over knee deep and each step on dirt was like a slip n slide of mud. I absolutely recommend anyone thinking of taking the South Loop Trail up to not do it for a few more weeks for safety reasons. Saw the other report from the same date for Trail Canyon on here and that is definitely the way to go. Took a few hundred pictures and spent a long while talking to three other hikers in the Meadows..total time was just over 9 hours, moving time was around 5 hours 45 minutes, 17 miles exactly can't upload the .gpx because it's over the points limit. As a side note the Cathedral Rock parking area no longer exists and will not until at least Memorial day I was told at the visitor center.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:17 mi / 27.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Perfect temperature
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Route:South Loop
    Trailhead:Cathedral Rock/South Loop  
Descent Statistics
    Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km



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