Charleston Peak (Las Vegas)

Hike: Charleston Peak via North Ridge
Trailhead: Trail Canyon
Distance: 16 miles – up and back
Elevation gain: 5,100 feet
Elevation of peak: 11,918 feet

This is a very challenging hike.  It is for people who hike long distances with significant elevation gain regularly.  I am hoping we will hit the beginning of the fall color in this area.

I see a couple of people have signed up which is awesome.  Here is a little more information about the trail.  There is no dependable water on the trail or at the trailhead.  My suggestion is to bring four liters of water.  Of course you are probably aware that when you hike in the mountains weather is unpredictable and you should be well prepared for sudden thunderstorms and temperature drops as well as hot weather.  


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  • David B.

    Brutal Beautiful 16.78 miles 9 hrs 24 min 6,238ft elevation gain! I love Kris's hikes! Nice trail with unreal views of Nevada and Las Vegas :)

    2 · September 30

  • Brad B.

    Great hike Kris! Thanks for setting it up.

    2 · September 29

  • Brad B.

    I'm at Hilltop Campground site 34. C U Tomorrow!

    1 · September 27

  • David B.

    Hi everyone! I will be staying in vegas at Howard Johnson Inn Las Vegas Strip for $62.50. I plan to leave at 5 am to find the trailhead.­

    1 · September 26

    • kris

      I am not sure if you need directions. Take 95 North out of town. Turn left on Kyle Canyon Road. The trailhead is on the right fairly far up the road.

      1 · September 26

  • kris

    I'm not sure where people want to stay. There is a campground called hilltop campground and we could share a site. Alternatively the closest casino is Santa Fe Casino. I'm not sure how nice that is. The Red Rock is not too far or you could stay right in Downtown Vegas.

    September 14, 2013

    • Brad B.

      Hilltop Campground sounds fine. The gov't website says reservations must be made 4 days prior to arrival.

      September 17, 2013

    • kris

      Hi Brad - super sorry I didn't see you reply. I almost booked a site before I saw this but two nights need to be booked and I didn't want to stay two nights.

      September 22, 2013

  • David B.

    I like how the 11,918ft Mt Charleston has the the 8th most prominence of any mountain in the U.S @ 8243ft. That's basically how far you can look down off the edge. They say it feels like a Big Mountain!­

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Brad B.

    Hi. I'm going to make a three day weekend in Las Vegas out of this hike. I've looked at the hike area on Google Earth and downloaded a couple .gpx files which allowed me to find the trailhead and figure out our hiking trail. One big question.... Does AT&T have a good cell phone signal at the trailhead, on the trail, and on Charleston Peak?

    September 11, 2013

    • Scott C.

      Brad, I hiked not far from there a month ago. The phone service was spotty. I did get reception at the ranger station.

      September 13, 2013

    • kris

      There is better reception in Kyle canyon (where this hike is) than lee canyon where Scott and I hiked last time. But it is spotty.

      September 14, 2013

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