Ascent of Charleston Peak on 2018-08-25

Climber: William Chen

Others in Party:Ignacia Doggett
Amy Huang -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, August 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Charleston Peak
    Elevation:11916 ft / 3631 m

Ascent Trip Report

Terrain: Class 1
Exposure: Some drop-offs close to the trail (Scariness: 3.5/10)
Driving: 2WD low-clearance to TH
Difficulty: 6/10
Scenery: 8/10
Overall quality: 8/10

This hike is very straightforward, you basically follow a trail the whole way. We started up from the Trail Canyon TH, got up to the junction with the North Loop Trail, followed the North Loop Trail to the base of Mummy Mountain, and then climbed Mummy Mountain.

After Mummy Mountain, we followed the North Loop Trail the whole way to the top of Charleston Peak. It is a very pretty trail; Vegas residents are so lucky to have such a prodigious mountain right in their backyard. There is not much else to comment on the route, other than that it is quite long and there are a couple of drop offs that may make those who are scared of heights nervous. The views up top are absolutely gorgeous.

For the descent, we just followed the North Loop Trail (and then the Trail Canyon Trail) all the way back down to our cars for a good and long out-and-back.

Ascent Times:

Car (7,740 ft) - 6:30
Wilderness Boundary - 6:45
North Loop Trail Jct - 7:30
Scree Slope Turnoff to Mummy (10,340 ft) - 9:00
Base of Chute - 10:05
Summit of Mummy (11,529 ft) - 10:20
Leave Summit of Mummy - 10:45
Base of Chute - 11:00
Scree Slope Turnoff to Mummy - 11:55
Leave Scree Slope Turnoff to Mummy - 12:25
Devils Thumb - 14:15
Base of Switchbacks - 14:50
Summit (11,916 ft) - 15:30

Descent Times:

Summit - 15:55
Base of Switchbacks - 16:20
Devils Thumb - 16:50
Scree Slope Turnoff to Mummy - 18:50
North Loop Trail Jct - 19:25
Wilderness Boundary - 20:20
Car - 20:30
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Part of Trip: Mummy & Charleston (8/18)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mummy Mountain2018-08-25 a 
2Charleston Peak2018-08-25 b 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Chen
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