Trail Canyon to Charleston Peak Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 4,981' 1,518 m
Descent: -4,977' -1,517 m
High: 11,909' 3,630 m
Low: 7,759' 2,365 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (7°)
Max Grade: 64% (33°)
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“A surprisingly scenic high alpine run with 360 degree views in close proximity to Las Vegas.”— Chris Fa
If you're a lowlander be weary of altitude sickness indicators as half this trail is near or above 11,000ft.
The next 3 miles traverse a ridge-line south towards the peak with small rollers and little net elevation gain. At mile 7.2 the trail stops traversing, switchbacks begin, and it proceeds directly up the mountain gaining nearly 1000' in the final mile. The trail gains the summit at mile 8.2. Views from the top are spectacular and there is an ammo can with a register. Reverse the route to complete your journey and head back down to your car.
Be advised that you may make this route a loop if you continue onto South Loop Trail from the top of Charleston Peak. The South Loop lets you out at the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area and the last two miles to return to the Trail Canyon parking lot is on pavement.
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Land Manager: USFS - Spring Mountains National Recreation Area