Sexton Ridge Descent from Griffith Peak | Mt Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada
Sexton Ridge Descent from Griffith Peak Overview
Sexton Ridge is Largely Untouched Due to Difficulty Getting There
Sexton Ridge from Griffith Peak to Lovell Canyon Trailhead Involves Nearly 6,000ft Elevation Differential
Sexton Ridge is a Recently Burned Out Forest
The Views on the Sexton Ridge are Spectacular!
Sexton Ridge Has More Snow-Free Months Annually
Sexton Ridge Descent from Griffith Peak – Trailhead Directions
The beginning of this adventure is simply the South Climb of the Charleston Loop beginning at Cathedral Rock above Charleston Village in Kyle Canyon. See the trailhead directions on the Griffith Peak page.
Sexton Ridge Descent from Griffith Peak – Route Observations
Initial Descent Adventure
Ascent to Griffith Peak Summit
From the trailhead, continue past where the Cathedral Rock Trail splits off to the right. Arrive at the “junction” where the Charleston Loop reaches the South Ridge of Kyle Canyon…about 4.25 miles from the trailhead. At the junction turn left toward Griffith Peak. The summit looks like it is a long steep climb but it is actually only about 1/2th miles from the junction and you’re on the summit before you realize it.
Selecting the Right Descent Ridge from Griffith Peak
From Griffith Peak Summit there are basically two main ridge descent options (not counting the ridge you just ascended). One option is to descend the ridge toward Harris Mountain, which descends to a saddle before re-ascending to Harris Mountain. I’ve documented this ridge route between the two mountains in both directions: The Griffith > Harris Route and the Harris > Griffith Route.
The ridge you want today is Sexton Ridge, which descends down the West side of Lovell Canyon. You will see Lovell Canyon on your left and Trout Canyon on your right. The ridge is pretty much straight past Griffith Peak Summit, and then down with a rather steep descent followed by a brief leveling off, then another steep descent followed by a much longer gradual descent.
Limit of Today’s Descent – At This Point I’ve Covered All but 1/2 mile of Sexton Ridge
On this day, as noted, I descended to the edge of the longer gradual descent, when the ridge takes another plunge downward. At this point I was only 1/2 mile from the point I had ascended earlier from Lovell Canyon. So, there is only 1/2 mile of Sexton Ridge I have not yet traversed as of this first descent. But that 1/2 mile includes a rather steep cliff area. Perhaps this can be circumvented with little or no climbing beyond class 2. We’ll see on the next pass!
In all, Sexton Ridge from one end to the other is quite the distance and ascent challenge, requiring as much if not more effort than a marathon, or the Charleston Loop.