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Griffith Peak

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

9.8 mile 15.7 kilometer out and back
68% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,390' 1,033 m
Descent: -3,398' -1,036 m
High: 10,992' 3,350 m
Low: 7,679' 2,341 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)

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Trail shared by Rick Anthony

An incredible trail with great views of Kyle Canyon and 360-degree views from the top.

Rick Anthony

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Just reopened. Will have snow cover in winter.

Overview

This is a short route off of the South Loop Trail that brings you to Griffith Peak. The climb is great for a day trip or in addition to heading up to Charleston Peak.

Runner Notes

Fast singletrack with not too much loose rock makes this a pleasant run.

Description

This trail finally reopened after being closed for the past three years due to the Carpenter 1 fire in 2013. This trail makes a great starting point to reach Griffith Peak, or you can continue to the Mt. Charleston summit and back.

Another option is to do the South Loop to North Loop connector. There are breathtaking views the entire trail. Plenty of switchbacks bring you up through the aspen, ponderosa, and bristlecone pines to just over 11,000 feet at the Griffith Peak.

Flora & Fauna

Aspen, ponderosa, bristlecone pine, and wildflowers galore. Deer can be seen in the early hours and birds are plentiful.

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Photos

Beginning part of the trail going up.
Oct 7, 2016 near Pahrump, NV
Looking back at the ridgeline towards Mt Charleston.
Oct 7, 2016 near Pahrump, NV
Trail through the aspens.
Oct 7, 2016 near Pahrump, NV
One of the many switchbacks.
Oct 7, 2016 near Pahrump, NV
Looking east towards Las Vegas and Red Rock from the Summit.
Oct 7, 2016 near Pahrump, NV
Charleston Peak on the left and Mummy Mountain on the right.
Oct 7, 2016 near Pahrump, NV

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