Mount Charleston Peak via Deer Creek Trail

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Mount Charleston Peak via Deer Creek Trail is a 20.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Charleston, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

20.4 miles
5652 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




trail running




wild flowers

This is the true North Loop to the Charleston Peak. It starts from the North Loop trail head that is off of deer creek highway and continues past raintree onto deer creek trail to the peak of Mount Charleston. This is a 20 mile hike that leads you though the greenest part of mount charleston. There are epic views of the forest, plenty of cliff edges to walk along, and overlooks to selfie. So if you are afraid of heights, you might want to consider taking the south route starting at eco trail. This route will take you past mummy mount and to just over 10,000 feet to hang out with the 3000 year old raintree. Then you will drop down a 1000 feet to a trail junction of trail canyon trail and deer creek trail. You will then head up deer creek trail to the north ridge line of mount charleston. One mile onto this trail you will cross a cave springs water log. A good water filter here can top off your bottles. Proceeding on this trail will bring you to a up about 10,000 to 11,000 feet for a few miles until you reach the final ascend. There are several places to make a overnight camp before making for the top. The climb to the top is made up of 6 monster switch backs in 100% open sun. Weather on Mt Charleston is as random as it gets, so be ready. It can be hot upper 80s then drop down at night to the upper 40s. Flash floods are very real on this mountain so check the weather before you go.