Mummys Toe | Knees | Raintree | Fletcher Peak Circuit from Deer Creek Picnic Area | Mt Charleston Wilderness, Nevada

Overview – Mummy’s Toe | Knees | Raintree | Fletcher Peak Circuit from Deer Creek Picnic Area | Mt Charleston Wilderness, Nevada

Adventure video and description by 8/8/2022; Adventure slide show by 8/12/2022

Route Overview

This awesome circuit begins at the North Loop Trailhead in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness. From there descend on Deer Creek Road about a quarter to a half mile to Deer Creek Picnic Area. From the Deer Creek Picnic Area parking area, ascend through Deer Creek Park and on up via the Cougar Ridge Trail to Mummy’s Knees. Then traverse over to Mummy’s Toe. Descend to Mummy Springs and then on over to Raintree. Take the North Loop Trail from Raintree toward Fletcher Peak. Take the Fletcher Peak out and back trail from the North Loop Trail to the summit of Fletcher Peak. Finally, descend from Fletcher Peak summit back to the North Loop Trailhead where you began.

Spectacular Adventure Along the Way

This cool circuit adventure is packed with spectacular views and enchanting waypoints. Yet it is compact enough to accomplish in less than one incredible day.

Here’s what you will experience along the way:

  • Deer Creek Picnic Area (pretty awesome place you’ll want to return for a family picnic where kids can wade in a stream)
  • Cougar Ridge Trail (Wild and straight up!)
  • Mummy’s Knees (bristlecone pine forest artistically arising from spectacular limestone formations)
  • Traverse to Mummy’s Toe (spectacular cliffside views of Kyle Canyon)
  • Mummy’s Toe (You’re on the edge of the world here with commanding views of Kyle Canyon, the Las Vegas Valley, Sheep Range, Gass Peak and additional points too many to recount here!)
  • Mummy Springs (year-round spring in the Spring Mountains)
  • Raintree (majestic 2-3000-year-old ancient bristlecone pine tree dating back before the days of Classical Greece)
  • Fletcher Peak (beautiful, bristlecone pine forested peak where you’re likely to see native deer)

Few adventures of this length in the Spring Mountains have so many features packed into such a brief time.

How Long Does the Circuit Adventure Take?

I say it’s brief, but plan to be on the trail and in the wilderness the greater part of a day. But, you can make it in a day!

Best Time of Year

Shoot for June through September or perhaps October in order to avoid having to navigate snow. Of course, if you love snow navigation in the mountains, and have proper skill, experience and equipment, go for it!

Trailhead Directions – Mummy’s Toe | Knees | Raintree | Fletcher Peak Circuit from Deer Creek Picnic Area | Mt Charleston Wilderness, Nevada

To get to this point from Las Vegas head North on I-95 taking a left at one of the last I-95 exits in the Las Vegas area, Kyle Canyon exit. Continue up Kyle Canyon road about 17 miles and a couple miles before Charleston Village take a right on Highway 158 towards Lee Canyon. You’ll wind around the hillside to the left and as the road briefly levels off before descending toward Lee Canyon, the North Loop Trailhead will appear on the left.

Here you have a choice. In this adventure I parked at the North Loop Trailhead, then ran down the road between a quarter and half mile to the Deer Creek Picnic Area parking area where I began my ascent toward Mummy’s Knees on the Cougar Ridge Trail. I later ended the circuit where my car was parked at the North Loop Trailhead.

Route Observations – Mummy’s Toe | Knees | Raintree | Fletcher Peak Circuit from Deer Creek Picnic Area | Mt Charleston Wilderness, Nevada

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