Mt. Charleston via Deer Creek Trail

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Mt. Charleston via Deer Creek Trail ist ein 14.7 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Mount Charleston, Nevada. Er führt durch schönen Wald, vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als schwierig einzustufen. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Die Route ist am besten von Juli bis Oktober zugänglich. Hunde sind erlaubt, müssen allerdings an der Leine gehalten werden.

Entfernung: 14.7 miles Höhenunterschied: 5,485 feet Routentyp: Hin & zurück

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Mount Charleston is the highest summit in southern Nevada. The hike is all trail (no cross country) and is difficult. The hike passes by a 3,000 year old bristlecone pine. The trail starts off at an easy grade wandering past ponderosa pine, pinion pine, and mountain mahogany. To the east on Angel Peak rests a large, white, ball-shape observatory. The trail has a few moderate switchbacks before reaching a plateau at about the 1.25 mile mark. Several bristlecone pines are scattered throughout this area indicating you are above 9,000 feet. After 12 moderately steep switchbacks, the trail climbs to 10,200 feet. It then descends 150 feet over the next 0.33 of a mile. Looking west you can see glimpses of Mummy Mountain. The limestone cliffs of Mummys Toe are hovering directly in front of the trail. Raintree, the giant bristlecone pine, is over 3,000 years old and acts as a dividing point. Continue another mile and a half to the junction of Trail Canyon. From the junction the North Loop Trail heads NW around Mummy Mountain. The grade is moderate as you enter the dead forest. This "people-caused fire" in the late 1940s burned more than 500 acres. Scattered throughout the dead forest are aspens that turn orange and yellow in the fall. Look to the left (south), for a great view of Kyle Canyon; directly in front looms Charleston Peak. About a mile from the junction is Cave Springs. Water runs into a horse trough and a path goes up to a cave-like overhang above the horse trough. The North Loop Trail continues southerly through the dead forest and aspens, as the grade becomes steeper. It makes a horseshoe bend and heads NE before switching back and heading west toward the North Rim Ridge. A little less than a mile from the horseshoe bend, a series of bluffs to the left of the trail offers great views of Kyle Canyon. The aspens disappear up here, since the elevation is more than 10,000 feet. The trail flattens as it heads SW around the series of bluffs. Charleston Peak goes in and out of view as the trail starts to imitate a roller coaster. The trail flattens out again and cuts through a forest of bristlecone pines. Three overlooks to the north (right) offer the first views of the Sisters, Macks Peak, and McFarland Peak. The third overlook also has a great view of Charleston Peak and Kyle Canyon, making this one of the best views in the Mt. Charleston area. The trail continues in a SW direction as it winds along the base of cliffs. A few short but steep switchbacks bring you to the North Rim Ridge. As the final switchback turns to the left, a short path to the right leads to the ridge. Plan to spend a few minutes catching your breathe while you take in the fantastic view of all the northern mountains of the Mt. Charleston area. The trail remains flat as it heads SE below Devils Thumb. Mt. Charleston comes in and out of view as the trail traverses the rocky ledges. Trees are scarce since the elevation is over 11,000 feet. The trail heads around a few bluffs; it seems to take forever to arrive at the base of Charleston Peak. It makes one switchback and climbs around a final bluff before the near mile-long trek to the peak. The last part of the trail is a series of steep switchbacks. The grade is 17%. It's important to drink plenty of water before and during this section. One cause of altitude sickness is a lack of water! Congratulations, you're standing, or lying down questioning your sanity, at the highest point in southern Nevada. Take a moment to experience the silence, breath the clean air, and be thankful you're in good enough shape to be standing on the peak. The peak offers a fantastic 360-degree view of southern Nevada, eastern California, and southern Utah. An Army box contains a sign-in book. A dug out fort is a favorite resting spot before starting back down.

1 month ago

I made it about 2/3s of the way up before having to turn around. Once above 9000ft, the snow really started to to get too deep for normal hiking boots so definitely wear a taller pair. Overall it's a great trail! Just be warned, the local gestapo (PD) is a real pain on parking. The lot you park in for this was "closed" even though no snow or ice was on it and they gave people tickets for parking there.

2 months ago

No snow or ice on the trail yet.

3 months ago

What a trail! There are a few spots along the way higher up that flatten out but the uphill is relentless at first. The final switchback section before the summit is intense but keep going, the top is almost there!

5 months ago

Met up with North Loop via Trail Canyon Trail and went up from there. Much lovelier than anticipated--I was expecting the entire trip to be a bit of an uphill slog, but there's a surprising amount of easy-going steady trail. Last couple switchbacks at and above the timberline are monsters, though, so it definitely is a labor of love to get all the way to the top. Very much worth the effort, though. It's a much different approach than from the South Loop, and great in its own right. No snow to worry about, easy and safe to get around. I had three liters of water plus a 16oz electrolyte drink and that was just about perfect, but it is still warm on the trail (about 80°) so start your hike hydrated and plan accordingly.

6 months ago

Lost GoPro at Trail Canyon Trail / Mt Charleston junction near the large log. :( If found please view .txt file for contact info. I would very much appreciate it back! Great, very scenic trail, there are currently several snow crossings in last mile and the last snow cornice cuts off trail very near top currently.

6 months ago

Gorgeous views! We went 3 1/2 miles out so only did 7 miles round trip but amazing views the entire hike and good elevation gain! Pretty warm day but beautiful wildflowers along the path and worth the work. Only downside was someone left their full dog poop bags every so often. Some were picked up before we made it back, but that’s not what others want to see on such a pristine wilderness trail.

7 months ago

Started at 0600 and didn't reach the summit until 1100. There was so much snow still on the trail that I ended up doing alot of off trail navigating. Give it another couple of weeks and it should be alot easier to summit. Great hike with incredible views.

10 months ago

Sat Jan 19 2019

Saturday 19 January 2019: Closed parking lot due to snow. Was able to go up to the switch backs (2.7 mi from parking lot and 10,000 ft altitude), but had to turn back due to 130 cm deep snow. Knee-high gaiters, hiking sticks, and snow shoes a must.

Sun Nov 11 2018

Fun. Long. Not as hard as Griffith peak.. but longer distance.

Sun Sep 16 2018

Hiked in late August 2018, connecting the North and South loops to make it a proper loop and get more scenery (GPS track said 18.2 miles total). Connecting North and South requires walking about a mile through town at the end, but I think very worth it (didn't find an AllTrails page just for that exact route, but started with the North trail described here). Started ~7am, took 9 hours total / ~2mph. Under 30, relatively fit but no elite athlete, found the elevation more challenging than the distance coming from sea level. Carried 3L of water, could have use a little bit more. Views are stunning, and having connected the two loops I'd circled the entire canyon by the end of it. Highly recommend.

Wed Sep 05 2018

2 hours to the junction with Mt Griffin than 2 hours to the summit. I started with blue sky and on the way back the ice rain hits me. It lasted for 90 minutes. So my way down was very fast. I complete the track in 6 hours and 30 minutes. I had a small headache due to the altitude. Easy trail to follow, just walking.

Wed Aug 29 2018

Absolutely fantastic hike. I wanted to do this last time I was in Vegas but didn't get a chance -- I did this time. The hike states it's 16 miles out and back and using AllTrails record I logged 9 out and 9 back. My overall move time was just over 7 hours, but I did pause and spent 30 minutes at the summit, and 20 minutes watching an awesome sunset on the north side of the trial. Just as you'll see from the chart the hike start of with a decent incline from the get-go, tapers off for a couple miles then you hit the switchbacks which kick your butt. It wasn't until I hit over 11,000' I started to feel the altitude kicking in, but it certainly did. I started to get mild leg cramps, sausage fingers, etc. I paused for a couple minutes and hydrated, they proceeded to the top. The hardest part in my mind was the heading down. The switchbacks weren't too bad, but the last 5 miles just never ended. I got a late start and left the parking lot at exactly 1:00 PM, I didn't get back to the car until 9:00 PM, so 8 hours in total. Once that sun went down, it got pretty dark out on the trail and the last 4 miles was a stealth mission using a headlamp. Fortunately, the trail is very well defined and easy to navigate. That said, at about the 5-mile marker coming down there are a couple spots you can stray off course and end up at a steep drop-off. I'm a pretty active guy and doing something exercise wise almost daily. One thing for sure is that this trail kicked my as5. Likely more to do with the altitude than distance, but still did nevertheless. Awesome trail, highly recommend if you get the opportunity to. The parking lots get full quickly at the bottom --though interestingly enough I saw literally no one on the north trail after the first mile.

Mon Jul 30 2018

This was an interesting hike for me because there are no blazes to follow. I made it just about 2mi shy of the summit before having to turn back because of lightning and hail. The views on the way up made up for me bailing though. There are a few water caches scattered around in case you run low, but make sure you carry at least 3L. Next I come back I might add on the South Loop as well.

Tue Apr 03 2018

Did this hike yesterday 4/2/18. Was able to only get to about 1.5miles before the summit. There is still too much snow. For a solid mile I was following old footsteps through the snow until they stopped and there was no longer a trail to follow. Amazingly beautiful hike though! Can’t wait to complete it in a month or two.

Sat Aug 19 2017

This is a challenging trail. Carry at least 3L of water.

Sat Jul 08 2017

The snow is gone! Plenty of water at cave spring. Happy trails! Start early to avoid the afternoon T-Storms!

Sun Jun 04 2017

Started at 4am at the trail head. The milky way was right over head and it was a little chilly. Made it to the junction with North Loop Trail about sunrise. A great hike from there on out until we came across the massive amounts of snow about a mile from the summit. Had to turn around due to not having crampons or ice axes. Five stars because most of the hiking is over 10k and the scenery is beautiful offering grand vistas to the North, West, and East.

Tue May 30 2017

Hiked a day ago (5/28/2017) and had to turn around at the 7 mile point (~2 miles short of the summit?) due to extensive snow on the north-facing slopes. We had crampons but decided not to press because the slopes in that area are quite steep/exposed and there's not much to catch you if you slip. Probably needs at least another month for the snow to clear.

Sat May 13 2017

I wasn't able to summit because of snow but got within a mile of the top, great hike though,amazing views throughout, this is challenging route, the trail gets very narrow in some spots.

Sun Mar 12 2017

FYI- This trail shows you coming up Trail Canyon trail to the North Loop trail junction to the peak. You can also go to the peak via North Loop trailhead on Deer Creek Hwy (158). We do this hike on 4th of July! Views are outstanding, and the trail is a little tough. Will take all day for most and MUST bring plenty of water. Took us about 12 hours with our breaks included. We started at 5am and watched the sunrise and saw a momma deer with her babies on Trail Canyon. Lots of sun and a little shade but nothing too crazy on North Loop. Got the back of my knees and ears sunburned haha! Cave Springs has a trickle of water most times but don't always put faith in that and you have to filter it for sure. Lots of switchbacks up and at the peak, and there are a few cool places to camp for the night to make it a two day trip. If you can, take a little side step off the trail to look over Lee Canyons peak to check out the resort on the other side!

Tue Sep 27 2016

Awesome views! If you want to get away from the Vegas heat come to mt. Charleston

Sun Sep 18 2016

Very challenging. Camped out on the trail. Switchbacks at end were killer.

Mon Sep 12 2016

I give it a 5 for the views. This is a brutal hike that took us 10 hours to complete a round trip of 17 miles, give or take. Some of the trails were hard on the ankles. Still worth it for sure.

Tue Aug 30 2016

I did not prep for this hike at all in fact it was a last minute suggestion. I am not in shape and could stand to loose about 25lbs, 43 years old. We took trail head canyon to the north loop all the way to the peak. Total time was just shy of 10.5 hours. We got very luck with the weather absolutely no direct sun exposure (cloudy day). I took 200oz of water and only had about 10oz left when we got to the truck. This was the hardest hike I have ever done in my life. The first 2 plus miles on trail head canyon is loose rocks and very difficult to climb worse coming down. The views from the top are worth the pain.

Wed Aug 17 2016

Hiked and done some snow skiing in this area. Some very strenuous trails, have not done them all, but great views, and excellent get away from the craziness of Vegas.

Sun Aug 14 2016

Great hike but be prepared. You will need at least 4 liters of water! Definitely an ALL day hike. We went 8/16. What out for weather it can pop up fast.

Sat Jul 16 2016

This was my first hike to the top of Mt Charleston. The real name of this trail is THE NORTH LOOP TRAIL. I am not sure why the name of some trails on this site are not correct. I left the parking area around 0530. I would advise anyone to get to the trail head early as the parking lot will fill up fast. The trail is well defined and strenuous. The first 4 miles of the trail are up hill. Then from miles 4-6 are mostly flat with an up-hill or down-hill section every now and then. At approximately mile 3 there is a water trough for horses. It is fed by a snow pack with a steel pipe. It was still flowing today (mid July). I would suggest filtering the water before consuming. From mile 7 to the summit is the steepest section with several switch-backs. The view from the summit is awesome. The summit was very windy and I actually considered putting on a long sleeve. Overall a great hike. I was humble several times as I was passed on the ascent by a few trail runners. At the top I caught up with a couple who said it took them just under 3 hours to summit.

Sat Jun 25 2016

This was a very challenging hike for me. I am a very active and fit 30-year old woman. I weight train and do yoga weekly. I did not expect to have my ass kicked this hard on this hike! My boyfriend and I started at 7am sharp. We parked at the trailhead for Trail Canyon Trail. We walked up 2-miles and took the North Loop up. Total hike was about 11-hours once we got back to the car. The air gets very thin up there. I ended up taking 3 aspirin before coming down. It was a very rewarding feeling once we got to the top. I started out very strong and stayed that way until about 30 minutes up (I pulled a muscle in my leg which really slowed me down). The thin air started to get to me too. The last 8 miles coming down were the hardest for me. It was a very challenging hike but overall I'm very happy we did it. The weather was perfect and the trail was easy to follow. Make sure you come prepared!! Hydrate 1-2 days before and stay away from alcohol. Eat a good meal before you start and bring plenty of water and snacks. Pace yourself - this will be an all day hike that will challenge your endurance and mental strength. It is almost July and there was still some patches of snow (pretty cool). I applaud anyone who can do this hike in the dead winter. I don't think I would even attempt to try - seems too dangerous.

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