Explore the most popular camping trails in Mt. Charleston Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

VERY pretty, well-marked trail. SO many Aspens here - can't wait to hike this again in the Fall when the Aspens change color!

hiking
4 days ago

Great workout! All incline, all the way. The trail is well defined and easy to follow. Great views from the top and it intersects with other trails. The way down was no easy task. Be ready for a leg workout.

I hiked this trail on 4/14/2018 and trail conditions then were not favorable. The first 2.5 miles were snow free, after that microspikes/crampons were highly recommended and trekking poles. My buddy and i are pretty experienced hikers who have climbed multiple high altitude peaks even with snow, but even then, there were portions of the trail that were just completely covered with thigh high deep snow. We made it pass the saddle and continued for another mile with Charleston in plain sight, but unfortunately due to time we had to turn back. Had it not been for time we surely would have summited, going again this weekend. Awesome trail though, just a bit long.

May 7, 2018. Hike got snow-covered about 3 miles from trail head. Nice hard and beautiful hike. Recommend wait 30 days unless using traxx and poles. Will be back.

Attempted this trail yesterday (04/25/18) with a goal of making it to Griffith Peak (total = 4.0mi one-way), and unfortunately only made it to 10,000' before I had to turn around (vertical 1000' / 0.7mi short of Griffith Peak). While the first ~3mi on the trail were mostly clear of snow (with some patches of 6-12"-deep snow on thinner parts of the trail over hills, which should be considered very carefully), the last mile of the trail's switchbacks are pretty heavily loaded in deep snow. At one point, the tracks I was following made by previous hikers became too unclear, and I decided to play it safe and turn around. It is worth noting that I passed a few other hikers coming down who had made it to Griffith, but each of them noted some trail-finding would be necessary as the upper portion of the trail was unclear to them, too.

Aside from the snow, this trail was beautiful -- steep and challenging, especially when considering the altitude (you'll be going above 10,000' if you do the whole thing, and starting at 8000' in the parking area), but really wide-open scenery with tons of great views and lookouts that get better and better the further you ascend. Highly recommend. Bring poles and consider microspikes, if available for the snowy patches, and definitely take your time and be safe with the snow. As always, avoid altitude sickness by staying well hydrated (water with electrolytes!) and fed.

hiking
30 days ago

It’s actually 4.6 miles to the top and back according to my GPS. Tough on the Way up (elevation gain is 1600+ ft.) all incline. Start very early in the day, took me about 3 hours; Start to finish but I took my time and enjoyed the view.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite hike!

hiking
1 month ago

A decent trail near Mary Jane Falls trail. The beginning of the trail is a easily followed (though constantly ascending) gravel path with little overhead shade and conifer trees. Push past this part and you’ll be rewarded with great views at the top. Overall, not a trail I would take again unless I was going to converge with another trail at the peak.

I couldn’t do this hike unfortunately- upon arrival the cathedral rock picnic area is closed for the season & that’s where you’re supposed to start. Just a heads up!

Long but worth everything

I haven't done this hike, but can you camp on the trail?

backpacking
3 months ago

This was a very tough hike. Very long distances so make sure you are in shape if you want to do this hike. Also , wear the right clothes and make sure to pack alot of food and water! The scene is gorgeous and makes it worth it !

fantastic trail, be prepared for blustery winds. bring your hiking poles to help with your footing on the loose scree

hiking
5 months ago

Although this hike is only 2 miles one way, it's a rough one if you are inexperienced. The first time I did this hike it felt more like 5 miles not 2. The first part of this hike is extremely gravelly! Wear good shoes! Once your through the gravel the incline continues. I believe it somewhere between. 1,500-2,000' of elevation gain in two miles. Whatever you do DON'T give up! There are plenty of shady spots to rest. Once you make it to the top of Trail Canyon you'll spot a sign for additional trails. If your done, just head up the tiny hill to the right for some amazing views. If you can take a bit more go the extra 1/2 mile up to Cave Springs. There's a cool little seasonal spring! Us desert folks love any sight of water!

Lots of nice views along the way (plenty that are about as good as the views from the summit IMO). Definitely a must do if you are into suffering... first time I've hiked more than 4-5 miles in a day in probably 7-8 years... 9hr 30min from car to car including the detour to Griffith Peak and breaks - linked to the north loop trail on the way down and connected via the road at the base. Worth doing at least once. I'll have to forget about how my knees feel today before I do something like this again...

Beautiful hike. Really enjoyed it. Fairly difficult. Started at 10 am and finished about 5pm (7 hours). Last mile or so is pretty rough. Really had to dig in to get up there but totally worth it. Quick trip to the parking lot. Not too cold. Long sleeve shirt will suffice if you are not a wimp. Bring lots (3-4 lifters) of water, hopefully in a camelback. Also bring some snacks and maybe a gatorade for cramps if you get any. All in all beautiful hike. Much harder than Griffith peak.

Bring lots of water, a full meal, good shoes, good socks and an extra pair, and expect it to get very cold and windy.
If you can make it to the summit then this is something you must experience. The first few miles are colorful plants and pine trees. The Meadows offer a beautiful long distance view followed by miles of trees that were burned a few years ago. The final mile before the summit is difficult but worth it.
The way back down is much easier.

This was my first hike EVER and the gal at the visitor center talked me out of an easier, busier trail. I was pleasantly surprised tho! Beautiful views, mostly shaded trail w plenty of places to stop and take a break while ridiculously in shape people run past you

Only did a little of this trail - too late in the day to go further. Loved the part I did and hope to be back to hike more of it. Had trekking poles and was glad I did. It's steep.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a fairly straightforward straight up hike. Two miles up and a nice plateau. Great views from the plateau the backside of Mummy and the Valley below in the distance to the East. I was a little disappointed that the trail is mostly gravel from the lower section and not many large trees for cover. It did become a better trail further up. This is the same trail that connects to Mummy Springs and North Charleston Loop. So because you can turn it into good adventuresome hikes, I like this trail but I'd probably still start on the other side near highway 158, the cut off road.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice view from the intersection of North Loop / Trail Canyon.

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

all upgrades but well worth the climb beautiful views.

hiking
9 months ago

The view gets progressively better as you go higher and higher. Motivation to keep climbing.

backpacking
9 months ago

Challenging yet rewarding hike! The first 4.5 miles is an aggressive uphill climb to the ridge, but after that the trail smooths out along the ridge and meadow. Be sure to save some energy for the last climb up to the peak! I made this an overnight trek and camped out on top of the meadow. Plenty of space to set up camp and incredible sunset and stargazing!

hiking
9 months ago

Incline from the start and keeps going higher... you'll definitely get winded if you are not in shape.

If you're planning on hiking this out and back in one day - start early. Bring plenty of water, energy snacks and invest in a good pair of hiking boots and socks as you'll be asking your feet to do a lot - almost 17 miles. From upper parking lot trail head to the summit and back it took me 9.5 hrs including breaks and 1/2 hr lunch at the summit. Definitely, a challenging hike in terms of stamina and fitness, but well worth the effort.

hiking
10 months ago

incredible journey takes you through several different ecosystems including a burn zone, ancient bristlecones, alpine meadows, aspen groves and juniper forests. Worth the effort.

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing hike, very few people on the trail :)

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