it our first time going up to this trail no pain no gain! Lots of switchbacks which start around the 1.25 mile +/- 0000001841 00000 n 8 39 As others have said the last 500 feet to the peak was a heartbreaker, but well worth it. Charleston Wilderness Circuit Adventure Across to Charleston Peak Summit. Short break at the saddle, then over to Griffith. 0000265045 00000 n trailer Beautiful. endstream endobj 9 0 obj <>/Metadata 6 0 R/Pages 5 0 R/Type/Catalog>> endobj 10 0 obj <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC]/ExtGState<>>>/Type/Page>> endobj 11 0 obj <> endobj 12 0 obj <> endobj 13 0 obj <> endobj 14 0 obj <> endobj 15 0 obj <> endobj 16 0 obj <>stream Headed up South Loop, which I always enjoy. Strenuous but breathtaking view on the entire way up & down. 0000008121 00000 n Public group? DesertAdventures also adds: "Splitboarding, Snowboarding or Skiing is AWESOME I ended up hiking over to Mt. 0000001076 00000 n The entire hike was over 21mi but if you’re on the trail early and have the time, I highly recommend hitting both peaks while you’re up there. Charleston summit and back. To get to the Griffith Peak Trail take the Harris Springs Road south … Return via South Loop Trail. 0000001339 00000 n A December sunset lights the sky over Griffith Peak (2020-12-06). Short and steep, but in good shape. Easy to follow trail, totally worth the view at the top. Avalanche awareness is also a crucial part of the Griffith Peak winter experience, as a portion of the South Loop trail route travels across avalanche prone slopes in the area of Echo Cliffs. Charleston Peak (8 1/2 miles), and "just" reaching the crest of the ridge (4 miles up) and the lush meadows area (1/2 mile further) is a great sense of accomplishment and joy. Charleston, and the Harris Springs Trail heads to the south and then toward Griffith Peak's western slope. Griffith Peak Trail has been closed since being decimated by the Carpenter One fire, which burned nearly 28,000 acres of the Spring Mountains in 2013. Leave the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip for dazzling views on top of Griffith Peak, an 11,060-foot peak an hour northwest of the city. Griffith Peak is accessible by two primary trails: the South Loop Trail and the Harris Springs Trail. 0000140096 00000 n 10 miles 4,100’ gain to 11,100’ above the sea. (See Photo 2.) Griffith Peak is southern Nevada's third highest, Nevada's 43rd highest peak. Reopening Griffith Peak Trail will give hikers additional access to alpine Bristlecone Pine forests, Griffith Peak (11,059 ft), and Charleston Peak (11,916 ft). Not a technical hike but a long ascent. At the end of the Griffith Lake Trail, turn left on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail North. This trail finally reopened after being closed for the past three years due to the Carpenter 1 fire in 2013. Such a beautiful hike! For the effort you’ll expend getting there, this little deviation from the South Loop trail is hugely worth it. Very good trail, but the high elevation will work you good. 0000026199 00000 n its a victory once u get to the peak! The trail then has a slow climb through a meadow. Another option is to do the South Loop to North Loop connector. and be safe . 0000000016 00000 n Charleston is 4 miles to the north and Griffith Peak is 1/4 mile to the south. We hiked up the South Loop Trail to Griffith Peak. 0000185307 00000 n Mount Charleston North to South via Trail Canyon, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, https://www.gomtcharleston.com/spring-mountains-weekly-update/. To get to hiking trails that lead into the Mt. This is a perfectly acceptable trail for seasoned and conditioned horses (only a few rocky, narrow spots), but there is no water along this route so you'll have to pack plenty. We will follow the Trail Canyon trail to where it intersects with the North Loop Trail. 0000003844 00000 n 0000002811 00000 n The trail is currently under an array of logs and, in some places, non-existent. (The trail goes around Griffith Peak and back down to Harris Saddle. Snow melts sooner on this route than the other routes to Griffith Peak, but there can be snow making for some great photos. 270 ft elevation gain Follow Griffith Lake dir e ctions above. For more information, please see https://www.gomtcharleston.com/spring-mountains-weekly-update/ Clear days will give you incredible views of blue waters of Lake Mead, Arizona mtns, Death Valley, Pahrump, Desert Wildlife Range -- and of course, the pink glass of Circus Circus or Luxor's glass pyramid reflecting the sunlight along the Las Vegas strip filled with those poor souls down in the valley. The ultimate goal may be shortened depending on the participants acclimation to the higher elevations.. 0000003579 00000 n 0000074105 00000 n It’s a nice place to catch your breath if the wind isn’t insane. Access is currently available at Echo Way just to the west. After 4 miles you reach the junction for Griffith Peak Trail. Watch Out. You’re at 10,700 feet now. The trail is well maintained and, in fact, volunteers from Friends of Nevada Wilderness were working on it when we descended. We approach it via the south loop in Mt Charleston NV. 0000008096 00000 n Follow the path up to Griffith Peak. Charleston from the South Loop trailhead as it is surprisingly only a half-mile (each way) diversion from the loop trail with about 300ft elevation gain. recording wasnt accurate my phone before i plug in to my power bank. to the left is Griffith Peak and to the right is on to Mt Charleston. take your time and enjoy every moment of it. Trailhead: South Loop Trail Griffith Peak in the Spring Mountains outside of Las Vegas is the third highest mountain in Southern Nevada. 0000185933 00000 n Sign in book at the peak, USFS - Humboldt-Toiyabe NF, Spring Mtns NRA (702) 515-5400, emerg (702) 872-5306. Also, the restaurant at the bottom will not let you use the restroom unless you are a paying customer. Downed trees have been removed from the trail that were there last year. Some truely magnificent alive bristlecones once you pass echo overlook. Can be hiked as an out-and-back or a loop by connecting with one of several other trails. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Another option is to do the South Loop to North Loop connector. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Mount Charleston Wilderness and Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The South Loop Trail leads directly to the Griffith Saddle from which both Griffith Peak and Mount Charleston are accessible. Overview: This trail provides "easy" access to 2 of Southern Nevada's highest peaks - Charleston and Griffith Peaks. Charleston summit and back. A part of the Mount Charleston massif, the peak is on the southeast end of the long summit ridgeline. Today’s hike will begin at the Trail Canyon Trailhead in Kyle Canyon. 0000139561 00000 n In about 400 yards the trail divides. Upon reaching the ridge crest, Mt. 0000303625 00000 n %%EOF It's sure exhilarating to be at the top of the peak! 0000185579 00000 n This is a very strenuous, 9.7-mile round-trip hike that climbs about 3,400 vertical-feet from the Cathedral Rock Trailhead to the summit of Griffith Peak. This trail makes a great starting point to reach Griffith Peak, or you can continue to the Mt. Then it’s up and down the North Loop Trail to the Raintree. Travel approximately 17 miles to access the South Loop, Trail Canyon, and Fletcher Canyon Trails. Le sentier est principalement utilisé pour la … Baker Peak via the Griffith Lake Trail and the Long Trail – MODERATE » 8 mi round trip, approx. From the sign, the South Loop Trail continues to the north toward Mt. Trail starts on an abandon dirt road on the westside of Harris Mtn to Harris saddle then up the south flank of Griffith. The trail is 8.3 miles long and travels from the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area to the summit of Mount Charleston. There are breathtaking views the entire trail. This is a signed junction, turn L (SE) towards Harris Springs, and follow the L fork up the STEEP route along the ridgeline to the peak. At this junction you will hike to the right to continue on the South Loop Trail. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. Las Vegas, NV: Turtlehead Peak Trail. The worst part and reason for 4 stars is the parking lot down at the beginning was slammed and there was no parking, except along side the busy street. 46 0 obj <>stream During snow months, snowshoes and/or crampons and ice axe are generally needed. 0000008518 00000 n Strenuous 3,100' climb with spectacular 360 deg. Go left onto the trail and head toward Griffith Peak. Griffith Peak via South Loop Trail is a 10.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Charleston, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Whoever listed how many switchbacks there were thank you. some pro hiker seems to just dash up and down there. Highly recommend. {:赳o݀�cڪQ���������"��. Griffith Peak via South Loop Trail est un sentier allez-retour de 10.1 miles très fréquenté situé près de Mount Charleston, Nevada. Mount Lee and the Hollywood Sign via Hollyridge Trail. Here’s a closeup of the sign at this junction. This 6.4-mile hike crosses Griffith Park from Canyon Drive to the top of Mount Lee directly behind the landmark Hollywood Sign. I hiked down this trail, reaching the saddle junction to the spur to the summit of Griffith Peak after about four miles. %PDF-1.5 %���� Charleston Wilderness Area, take Nevada State Highway 95 to State Route 157 west. Las Vegas, NV: Griffith Peak via South Loop Trail. About the Trail - Griffith Peak Trail is a 5.5 mile, open, sunny trail that connects South Loop to Harris Springs Rd. x�b```�)l�&��@��Y8n700�g�"�X� ��j�<6u�ǹ�s? Probably 2-3 hours for a more photographic experience. 0000004854 00000 n Charleston. It's the most scenic route to Griffith Peak and there's no crowds like the South Loop trail. It does not go up to Griffith Peak.) Las Vegas, NV: Griffith Peak via South Loop Trail Leave the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip for dazzling views on top of Griffith Peak, an 11,060-foot peak an hour northwest of the city. @%;@��qqK���� (f`�dd��� � ���}vF @�^0&0�a�ϐ� {��A�a��λeB�z*�̵9�w0l`�`f��Z5�A�A( f;�z#�f� n.� This was an amazing hike. 0000007709 00000 n Charleston Peak via The South Loop Trail. * The trail begins with an easy ascent through pinon pines and scrub oak as it follows an old road for the first two miles. Whether you marvel at the rugged cliffs, wonder at the caves and it's possible users, listen to the water rushing over the rocky ledges back in the canyons; or just revel in the colors of wildflowers & grasses at your feet, the smell of pines, or the sounds of birds, butterflies, and the wind rustling through the aspens; every aching muscle will be worth it on the South Loop Trail. Les chiens sont les bienvenus sur ce sentier. 0000001435 00000 n xref I started at 7 am and returned to the car about 1 pm. This trail makes a great starting point to reach Griffith Peak, or you can continue to the Mt. Second Leg of the 4-Peak Mt. startxref 0000004879 00000 n Follow directions for Echo Overlook or Cathedral Rock trail, but begin at the signed second trailhead within the picnic area, NOT the Cathedral Rock trailhead. The view at the top is worth it! The trail is currently under an array of logs and, in some places, non-existent. 0000005701 00000 n but we made it very decent trail it take us a while to get there but we did it. Around the 6 mile mark, the trail crosses the timberline, leaving the bristlecone pines. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. Griffith Peak is the third hightest peak in Nevada. You begin to climb from your first step onto this trail, but you hike through some of the most lush, forested areas in these mountains. 0000004426 00000 n This is a 19.1 mile loop hike with 6100 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 8-11 hours to complete. A lot of effort is needed to make the climb, but the trail is a good one and the views from the top are well worth it. Highly suggest to people building up to do Mt. The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Now the trail is completely clear all the way up and in fantastic condition. 0000185648 00000 n At noon I began my descent of the peak via the South Loop Trail. 0000005477 00000 n Follow the trail up until you reach the crest of the ridge (meadows area). Griffith Peak looking toward Las Vegas Hiking Around Las Vegas, Spring Mountains, Griffith Peak Trail (via South Loop Trail) Cathedral Rock - South Loop Trailhead (view W) Overview. Once back down, I continued on South Loop over to Charleston. Worth it! Counting each of the 39 switchbacks was a great way to distract myself from the difficulty of this trail. 0000139295 00000 n H�\�_k� �w?�=�Ť]�$��-�aX���#�>��������~�'�������Q���F9�ƛ��j��5(-�}�r�,��Γǡ1�Ȅ �I��w3,^�x�%��N��� This is the easiest route to Mt. Le sentier est principalement utilisé pour la randonnée et sa meilleure utilisation est de avril à octobre. Mazie Canyon Route: This is an off-trail scramble up Mazie Canyon to the ridge then to Griffith. Follow the Harris Springs Trail to the south. 0000186726 00000 n 0000002396 00000 n A little confusing as the arrow points straight up. Mount Chapel, Mount Bell, and Mount Hollywood. The wind and lower Beautiful, but strenuous hike. The trail is easy to follow - keep straight at the intersection with Cathedral Rock trail as it goes right. Views on top are worth it. The switchbacks are never ending. If you want to bag Griffith Peak, it’s about 0.5 miles. 0000005590 00000 n Dogs are also able to use this trail. I took 30 minutes at the top. Stay on the white-blazed LT/AT as it passes several side trails while gradually climbing towards the peak. It was tough hike. 0000014279 00000 n Reached Griffith Peak about 4h after hopping on trailhead. From the junction, the route up Griffith Peak runs southeast along the ridge and heads up a spur trail following the west ridge. "6.9.19 Griffith peak #18, solo, 2nd time this week by the most heinous, rough route that ever existed in the universe. 0000139630 00000 n Note: As of 11/15/2020, this trailhead is currently closed. Many downed trees, unstable earth and rocks made this an epic obstacle course. Better known to locals as Mount Charleston, it is located just 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas and encompasses more than 316,000 acres of remarkable beauty and surprising diversity. Riverside Trail stops oscillating and begins a more determined ascent of the ridge below Glendale Peak. Saw seven bucks on the way up, they looked like they are used to people. 0000007952 00000 n In addition, Griffith Peak makes a great side trip for those heading for Mt. ... On the way back, for whoever is feeling up to it and if the weather is fine, we will also go up to Griffith Peak. This 5.7-mile loop tops three prominent summits on a panoramic tour of Griffith Park. 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