Deer Creek Rd, Mummy Springs, Raintree, Fletcher Peak Circuit Adventure | 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…

Mummy’s Toe, Knees, Raintree, Fletcher Peak Circuit from Deer Creek Park

Mummy’s Toe, Knees, Raintree, Fletcher Peak Circuit from Deer Creek Park

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. The 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. Route details: 15-18 mi / Approx. 8,439 > 11,000ft **Some Trail > Some Wilderness** 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 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…

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…

Fletcher Peak, Mummy Mountain, Lee Peak Circuit Mt Charleston Wilderness, Nevada

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

Compare the time it takes to traverse established trails (even with greater elevation gain and loss and longer distance) vs. navigating more direct and level wilderness “shortcuts” to get from Fletcher Peak to Mummy Mountain and Lee Peak. This detailed comparison of 2 routes –wilderness vs. established trails — will show that how the wilderness route takes significantly more time, though may conserve energy. Conclusion: If you want to navigate the wilderness out of interest, enjoy it. However, if you’re looking for a “shortcut”, the established trail will almost always win. Route details: Approx. 18 mi / 7,713 > 11,520ft **Some Trail, Some 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…

Six-Peak Circuit in the Spring Mountains, Nevada – Strategy

6-Peak Circuit Strategy | Mt Charleston Wilderness, Nevada

It is possible to complete a six-peak circuit in the Spring Mountains, Nevada in one day. This adventure is pretty remarkable in that it involves summiting 6 peaks, each over 10,000ft in less than 24 hours! This article covers the strategy that makes the adventure possible. The peaks include: Harris Mountain (10,014ft), Griffith Peak (11,056ft), Charleston Peak (11,918ft), Lee Peak (11,289ft), Mummy Mountain (11,528ft), Fletcher Peak (10,319ft), Click image or title above for more…