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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!


Party time!!!!!!!!!


The slowest hiker chugging up the final approach in slow motion


Made it!


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!

Milestones:
Highest point in Clark, NV county
Mihail's 130th leaf



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