Mount Charleston

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Trail Distance: 8.3 miles
Time Estimate: 9 hr 20 min +
Elevation Gain: 4993 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

The Mount Charleston National Recreation Trail/South is a challenging pathway that ascends to the peak of the mountain. On this route, you and your fur-baby will climb beyond the tree line, where you'll have puptacular views of the surrounding peaks and the desert. There are some gradual inclines mixed among the steep sections and switchbacks here. Be prepared for high winds once you exit the bristlecone pines and are in the open. 

Starting from the Cathedral Rock Trailhead, you and Fido will encounter a series of cliffs. Follow the switchbacks to the top of Echo Cliffs and pause at the overlook. From here, you'll start a steady incline toward a meadow plateau. There are snifftastic wildflowers in this area. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you cross the grassy section. On the other side of the fields, the road grows steeper as you enter a timber grove and walk along a ridgeline. After another ridge and a saddle area, you'll see the peak. This final climb is steep but well worth it. Reverse course back to the trailhead after you've had your fill of the panoramic scenery.

When you come here, make sure you and your fur-baby are ready for the conditions. The Forest Service expects dogs to be secure with a cord or leash. Pack plenty of water so that you and your pooch can stay hydrated. Bring a windbreaker to protect you from the elements if you plan to go above the tree line. 

You and your special pal will experience a rigorous workout when you hike the Mount Charleston Trail/South. This furrific natural-surface pathway sees heavy traffic in the summer months. Treat yourself to gorgeous views, a varied landscape, and fresh mountain air when you come here. On a clear day, you'll be able to see parts of Nevada, California, and Utah from the peak!

Trail Features
Mountains, Steep Inclines, Loose Terrain
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
You'll be climbing at high elevations here, and there are some steep stretches. Make sure you know the signs of altitude sickness. Don't try to push beyond your limits. Parking near the trailhead is limited, so you'll want to get an early start when you visit. Please note that the trailhead is closed in the winter months.
Address
Cathedral Rock Picnic Upper Rd Mt Charleston
Las Vegas, NV 89124
Hours
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Address
Cathedral Rock Picnic Upper Rd Mt Charleston
Las Vegas, NV 89124
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours