1153. Charleston Peak (10/13/18)
Hikers (9): Brad, Giulia, Jim, Karl, Mihail, Peter, Shuli, Susan CF, Yipeng
Distance: 18 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 10 beauty
Peter owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Karl, Giulia, Shuli, and Yipeng
All smiles before the big hike
Heading up the South Trail in the early morning
(the trailhead was at 7500 feet and I could already feel the altitude)
Karl's not letting the altitude slow him down
Nice views looking back as we start to climb
Burned trees from 2013 Charleston fire
My heart was pounding during some of the steeper sections
There had been warnings of rain and snow all week, but the weather was looking good as we got closer to the top
Gorgeous views in all directions
Traversing the big saddle near the top
About 3/4 mile from the top, Shuli and Jim took a steeper route -- check out the scree!
Shuli on the ridge line
Top of the mountain -- 11,916 feet!
Giulia, Shuli, and Jim at the cold peak
Mihail enjoys the view as the clouds move in
Front-runners start heading back down
Mihail and Brad in the lower right corner. Mummy Mountain (11,529', the second highest peak of the Spring Mountains) is in the upper left. Fletcher Peak (10,319') is the one to the right of Mummy.
This guy brought his fluffy white dog -- Maggie did great!
The slowest hiker chugging up the final approach in slow motion
It was cold at the top so we made a bee-line down the North Trail
The switchbacks dropped us down to 10,000 feet pretty quickly
This would not be a good place to slip!
"Don't look down, don't look down, don't look down ..."
I was so glad to finally get past that section!
Finally back under the tree line, we stopped for lunch and to catch our breath
Heading down the Canyon Trail -- the last trail of the day -- very pretty and well-maintained trail
Route map -- a great place to hike!
Bonus points to Sue and Yipeng for doing the optional side trip to Griffith Peak -- hiking animals!
Highest point in Clark, NV county
Mihail's 130th leaf
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