01 Mt Charleston Wilderness Deer Creek Road Trails Overview | Spring Mountains, Nevada

Mt Charleston Wilderness | Deer Creek Road Trails | Wilderness Windows Overview

Deer Creek Road is the passage way between the two major canyons in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness: Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon. There are a number of trailheads on Deer Creek Road to wilderness destinations. In addition there are recreational camping and picnicking destinations on Deer Creek Road along with youth camps. So, as you breeze along Deer Creek Road on your way between Kyle and Lee Canyons, watch for trailheads that lead to a premier rock climbing destination, the main Mt. Charleston North Loop Trail and “back door” hidden access to the vast, beautiful, secluded wilderness area surrounding Mummy Mountain. Best time of year for adventures here: Early Summer to Mid-Fall. Temperatures at the higher elevations are usually in the mid-70s even when Las Vegas Valley is up to 115 degrees! Expect to navigate snow at other times of the year. Follow thumbnail images to view the details you will need to plan your adventures here. Click image or title above for more…

Deer Creek Rd, Mummy Springs, Raintree, Fletcher Peak Circuit Adventure | Mt. Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

Deer Creek Road - Fletcher/Mummy Circuit | Mt Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

This comprehensive circuit adventure covers most of the entire Eastern section of the Mt. Charleston Wilderness including the canyon off Deer Creek Road at the base of Mummy’s Head, the ridge leading up the left (East) side of that canyon to the very Northeastern tip of Mummy Mountain’s mid and highest section (Mummy’s Tummy), the route across the wilderness at the base of Mummy’s Eastern cliffs to Mummy Springs, then on to Raintree and the intersection of the North Loop Trail, the brief stretch of the North Loop Trail to its intersection with Fletcher Peak Trail, the summit of Fletcher Peak, then the return past Raintree and Mummy Springs to the Cougar Ridge Trail and finally the descent back to Deer Creek Picnic Area and Deer Creek Road where the adventure began. Route Details: 15-18 mi / Approx 8,000ft > 10,500ft; **Some Trail > Some Wilderness** Click image or title above for more…

Fletcher Peak and Rain Tree | Mt Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

Fletcher Peak | Rain Tree | Mt Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

Fletcher Peak, at 10,319ft is a substantial summit in itself were it not shadowed by the higher peaks in the Spring Mountains. It’s beautifully forested by ancient bristlecone pines. Rain Tree is a majestic 3000-year-old bristlecone pine. It was a sapling in 1000 B.C. and could be around in another 3,000 years. Imagine the world history that has taken place in its lifetime, and the history that will take place in the next 3000 years in the life of this giant! Both Fletcher Peak and Raintree can easily be included in this one adventure. Route Details: 8.5 mi / Approx. 8,439 > 10,023ft **Excellent Trail** Click image or title above for more…

Fletcher Peak from Robbers Roost | Spring Mountains, Nevada

There is a little-known canyon between Robbers Roost and Fletcher Peak in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness of the Spring Mountains, Nevada. The canyon is bordered by majestic cliffs and is a climate zone unto itself populated by a forest at its base that in places grows up the solid cliff walls. At the top of the steep avalanche slopes there is a far more gentle, forested ridge continuing upward and finally connecting with the North Loop Trail about 1/4th mile before the unmarked turn-off to Fletcher Peak. Route Details: 10 mi+ / Approx. 7,914 > 10,255ft **Mostly Wilderness** Click image or title above for more…

Fletcher Peak Mummy Mountain Circuit | Mt Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

Fletcher Peak Mummy Mountain Circuit | Mt. Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

Ascend Fletcher Peak from Trail Canyon Trailhead, descend to Raintree and Mummy Springs, traverse wilderness to ascend Mummy Mt. Eastern cliffs, return to Trail Canyon Trailhead via traditional Mummy Mt. route. Adding a little more than an hour to the Mummy Mountain Eastern Approach trip includes the beautiful Fletcher Peak, opening up views of the Eastern end of Kyle Canyon including Harris Mountain, Griffith Peak, the entire length of the South ridge of Kyle Canyon all the way to Charleston Peak and a great view of the Eastern approach to Mummy Mountain. Route Details: About 15 miles circuit trip; **Some trail, some wilderness** Click image or title above for more…

Mummy Mountain NNE, Mt. Charleston Wilderness, Nevada

This adventure extends the exploration of the East side of Mummy Mountain through the wilderness to a viewpoint overlooking the Northern area of Mummy Mountain. From this pretty amazing viewpoint one can see the entire East side of Mummy Mountain with all the Eastern cliff approaches, look to the South to view Mummy’s Toe along with its full approach, and to the North, a unique view of Mummy’s head along with potential routes that might take one around the Northern side and on up to Mummy Mountain summit. Route details: 14 mi / Approx. 8,439 > 11,151ft **Some Trail > Mostly Wilderness** Click image or title above for more…

Mummy Mountain Northern Wilderness Overlook & Exotic Ancient Bristlecone Pines

Mummy Mountain Northern Wilderness Overlook & Exotic Ancient Bristlecone Pines | Mt. Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

This adventure is a brief extension of the Mummy Mountain NNE adventure. This adventure moves to the very edge of the NNE area where the only way forward is a pretty dramatic descent either to the Lee Canyon area or to potential routes allowing re-ascent of the Mummy Northern cliff area just below Mummy’s Head – more accurately, Mummy’s neck. In addition, this adventure also documents some of the amazing ancient Bristlecone Pine trees in the largely untouched Mummy Mountain Northern area. Route details: 14 mi / Approx. 8,439 > 11,000ft **Some Trail > Mostly Wilderness** Click image or title above for more…

Mummy Mountain South Eastern Approach in Mt. Charleston Wilderness, Nevada

Mummy Mountain South Eastern Approach in Mt. Charleston Wilderness, Nevada

Mummy Mountain Eastern approach is a fascinating journey including well established trails, traverse across largely untouched wilderness area, ascent up steep avalanche slopes, traverse along the edge of cliffs along with a brief ascent up a 10ft vertical rock wall with a 100ft drop-off below. Route details: 16 mi / Approx. 8,439 > 11,530ft **Some Trail > Mostly Wilderness** Click image or title above for more…

Mummy Mountain Toe, Mt. Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

The Southwestern edge of Mummy Mountain forms a sheer cliff over 1,000ft in height on 3 sides and that cliff is referred to as Mummy’s Toe. Mummy’s Toe, though unknown by most hikers in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness, is a awesome destination hike in itself. Like the bow of a ship the 270 degree view to the South, East and North is unmatched. Route details: 14 mi / Approx. 8,439 > 11,000ft **Some Trail > Some Wilderness** Click image or title above for more…

Mummy Mountain’s Head from Deer Creek Rd | Mt. Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

Mummy Mountain’s Head from Deer Creek Rd | Mt. Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

The Eastern approach to Mummy Mountain described in this article offers unique and spectacular views of the entire East side of Mummy Mountain from Head to Toes, along with Cougar Ridge and the North Loop Trail Ridge including Fletcher Peak in the background. La Madre Mountain, the Air Force radar installation on Angel Peak, and the Sheep Range are clearly seen along with glimpses of Centennial Hills. In addition, I stumbled upon the old “Superheroes Trail”. Route details: 10 mi / Approx. 8,000 > 11,000ft **Wilderness, No Trail** Click image or title above for more…