Ascent of Charleston Peak on 2014-02-23
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, February 23, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11916 ft / 3631 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFlew 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|
| Elevation Gain:||1527 ft / 464 m|
| Elevation Loss:||5224 ft / 1590 m|
| 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
| Elevation Gain:||1227 ft / 373 m|
| Extra Loss:||600 ft / 182 m|
| Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||North Loop Trail|
| Trailhead:||Lee Peak 11289 ft / 3440 m|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 15 Minutes|
| Elevation Loss:||4624 ft / 1408 m|
| Extra Gain:||300 ft / 91 m|
| Distance:||8.1 mi / 13 km|
| Route:||North Loop Trail|
| Trailhead:||North Loop Trailhead 7592 ft / 2314 m|
| Time Down:||3 Hours 36 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: 2014-02-23 Charleston|
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