Ascent to Charleston Peak-Devil's Thumb on 2018-03-30
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, March 30, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
|Point Reached:||Charleston Peak - Devil's Thumb|
| Elevation:||11281 ft / 3438 m|
| Remaining Elevation:||635 ft / 193 m (13% left to go)|
Ascent Trip ReportYou don't always make it to the top in life. Sometimes those are the journeys in which we can learn the most from.
This fine day in Nevada I drove from my friend Danny's place in Las Vegas to the Trail Canyon trailhead - which connects to the North Loop of Mt. Charleston (or, Old Charlie, as the locals call it). I had read in previous trip reports the North Loop has less snow accumulation and is a longer, but easier approach. I arrived at the trailhead only around 8:30am and began hiking around 9:00am, much later than my original plan. However I was quite tired from the travel the day before, and I figured I still had plenty of time in the day for the 17-mile roundtrip hike.
I could see the peak was heavily covered in snow. I know it rained a lot the week prior - meaning Charleston Peak would have received a lot of snow. The temperatures still have not been above freezing, so the snow stays put pretty late in the year.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4881 ft / 1486 m|
| Extra Gain:||600 ft / 182 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||16 mi / 25.8 km|
| Route:||North Loop|
| Trailhead:||Mary Jane Falls Trailhead 7600 ft / 2316 m|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
Totally comfortable clear and beautiful
| Time:||5 Hours 0 Minutes|
| Time:||2 Hours 0 Minutes|
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