01 Mt Charleston Wilderness Overview | Kyle Canyon Trails | Spring Mountains, Nevada

Kyle Canyon is the main jumping off point for hikers, trail runners and mountain climbers in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness. There are two main trailheads: Trail Canyon Trailhead and South Climb Trailhead. The Trail Canyon Trailhead (near Mary Jane Falls) is the starting point for completing the Mt. Charleston Loop from the North. The South Climb Trailhead, at the base of Cathedral Rock, is the starting point for completing the Mt. Charleston Loop from the South. It is also the shortest out-and-back route to the summit of Charleston Peak. 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…

4 Peak Mt. Charleston Wilderness Circuit Adventure

4 Peak Circuit Adventure | Mt Charleston Wilderness | Las Vegas Area Trails

The 4-Peak Mt. Charleston Wilderness Circuit adventure outside of Las Vegas, Nevada is between 22 and 24 miles and includes over 6000ft elevation gain. I summited the peaks in the following order: Griffith Peak (11,056ft), Charleston Peak (11,918ft), Lee Peak (11,289ft) and finally, Mummy Mountain (11,528ft). Route details: 22 mi / Approx. 7,713 > 11,918ft; **Some Trail > Mostly Wilderness**Click image or title above for more…

6-Peak Circuit Adventure Spring Mountains Nevada

6-Peak Circuit Adventure | Mt Charleston Wilderness, Nevada

The 28-mile-long 6-peak circuit adventure in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness includes Harris Mountain (10,014ft), Griffith Peak (11,056ft), Charleston Peak (11,918ft), Lee Peak (11,289ft), Mummy Mountain (11,528ft), Fletcher Peak (10,319ft). In this initial attempt I made 4 out of 6 peaks. Route Details: 30 mi / Approx. 10,000ft Total Elevation Gain; **Some Trails, Some Wilderness** Click image or title above for more…

Angel Peak via Lucky Strike Road | Mt. Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

Angel Peak via Lucky Strike Road | Mt Charleston Wilderness, Nevada

There is a rather wild desert area below Angel Peak that can be accessed through the rugged 4WD Lucky Strike Road. Both ends of Lucky Strike Road contain some class 2 climbing sections, so your vehicle needs to be very sturdy. The 3-mile stretch immediately below Angel Peak can be pretty brutal, being a cross between a 4WD road and an avalanche slope! However, the sunset views of the Sheep Range and Gass Peak on that stretch are spectacular, and at night the Las Vegas Valley lights up like Christmas! This is an experience of Lucky Strike road on a mountain bike. Route details: 17.1 mi / Approx. 4,500 > 8,500ft; **Unpaved Road, Poor Condition** Click image or title above for more…

Cathedral Rock, Mt. Charleston Wilderness, Nevada

The 8597ft Cathedral Rock is located in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness of Nevada. The trail to the top is only 1.3 miles long, but has tremendous views of Kyle Canyon, Charleston Peak, Lee Peak, Mummy Mountain, Fletcher Peak and Harris Mountain giving Cathedral Rock one of the best views to be had anywhere given a 2.6 mile round trip hike. Route details: 5.5 mi / Approx. 7,713 > 8,585ft; **Excellent Trail** Click image or title above for more…

Charleston Peak | Mt Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

Charleston Peak | Mt Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

At 11,918ftm Charleston Peak is the highest mountain in the Spring Mountain Range and in Southern Nevada. Here you get the best view of the entire North-South Charleston Loop including all the mountain peaks mentioned above, along with a great view of Charleston Village over 5000ft immediately below, then all the way down Kyle Canyon to I-95 and beyond. The approach trail is about 8.5 miles in length from the South Loop Climb trailhead, but many make this an 18-mile circuit adventure. Route description: 17 mi / Approx. 7,713 > 11,918ft; **Excellent Trail** Click image or title above for more…

Charleston Peak from Cathedral Rock

Charleston Peak from Cathedral Rock | Mt Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

Behind Cathedral Rock there are two very inconspicuous routes that go straight up the side of the South Ridge of Kyle Canyon. They are actually washes that I understand have been used by climbers to ascend Charleston Peak during the Winter months when the South Climb Trailhead and parking lot has been closed and blocked off and the upper elevations are snowed in. One of the most beautiful year-round springs in the Spring Mountains flows through this route in the area above Cathedral Rock. The route to the top of the South ridge of Kyle Canyon may take up to 4 hours from the Cathedral Rock Trailhead. Route details: 18 mi / Approx. 7,713 > 11,918ft; **Wilderness, No Trail** Click image or title above for more…

Charleston Peak Snow Dust | Mt. Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

This is a very magical view of Charleston Peak during a dusting of snow in mid-October. The conditions were just right to coat every pine needle of every bristlecone pine tree with an intricate glistening layer of snow and ice. Route description: 17 mi / Approx. 7,713 > 11,918ft; **Excellent Trail** Click image or title above for more…

Cockscomb Fletcher Circuit | Mt Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

The Cockscomb/Fletcher Peak Circuit will begin at the Trail Canyon Trailhead in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness, Nevada. From there I will run Hwy 157 downward to the Stanley B. Springs Trailhead, ascend to Cockscomb Peak, continue to Fletcher Peak, then return to the Trail Canyon Trailhead. I might at some point add Mummy Mt. and Lee Peak to this circuit. Click image or title above for more…

Cockscomb Peak and Ridge, Spring Mountains, Nevada

Cockscomb Peak and Ridge | Mt Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

Cockscomb Peak and Ridge is little over a 4-mile round trip with a nearly 3,000ft elevation gain. Stretching from Hwy 157 Northward up to its highest elevation of 9692 ft, it creates a beautiful and rugged feature that can be viewed in a unique way from every high point in the canyon. As of the writing of this article there were no trails to Cockscomb Peak and Ridge which makes the approach, especially from Hwy 157, a great opportunity to practice some light wilderness navigation skills. The final mile up to the summit from the Hwy 157 approach affords spectacular views of Mummy Mountain, Fletcher Peak, Harris Mountain and the Griffith/Harris Circuit, Griffith Peak and the lower South ridge of Kyle Canyon. It’s like being on a mountaintop for that entire stretch! Route details: 5 mi / Approx. 7,785 > 9,307ft; **Mostly Excellent Trail via Trail Canyon Trail; Wilderness, no Trail from Hwy Kyle Canyon Rd** Click image or title above for more…