8 39 Griffith Peak is accessible by two primary trails: the South Loop Trail and the Harris Springs Trail. Such a beautiful hike! Snow melts sooner on this route than the other routes to Griffith Peak, but there can be snow making for some great photos. Mount Charleston North to South via Trail Canyon, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, https://www.gomtcharleston.com/spring-mountains-weekly-update/. Awesome trail. A lot of effort is needed to make the climb, but the trail is a good one and the views from the top are well worth it. Can be hiked as an out-and-back or a loop by connecting with one of several other trails. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Mount Charleston Wilderness and Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. 0000007709 00000 n Charleston Wilderness Circuit Adventure Across to Charleston Peak Summit. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. I hiked down this trail, reaching the saddle junction to the spur to the summit of Griffith Peak after about four miles. Mazie Canyon Route: This is an off-trail scramble up Mazie Canyon to the ridge then to Griffith. 270 ft elevation gain Follow Griffith Lake dir e ctions above. I took 30 minutes at the top. We hiked up the South Loop Trail to Griffith Peak. Many downed trees, unstable earth and rocks made this an epic obstacle course. 0000186726 00000 n Las Vegas, NV: Griffith Peak via South Loop Trail. @%;@��qqK���� (f`�dd��� � ���}vF @�^0&0�a�ϐ� {��A�a��λeB�z*�̵9�w0l`�`f��Z5�A�A( f;�z#�f� n.� 0000002215 00000 n 0000002950 00000 n For the effort you’ll expend getting there, this little deviation from the South Loop trail is hugely worth it. 0000004879 00000 n Beautiful, but strenuous hike. (The trail goes around Griffith Peak and back down to Harris Saddle. startxref to the left is Griffith Peak and to the right is on to Mt Charleston. Griffith Peak is accessible by two primary trails: the South Loop Trail and the Harris Springs Trail. 0000185648 00000 n There are breathtaking views the entire trail. This is a very strenuous, 9.7-mile round-trip hike that climbs about 3,400 vertical-feet from the Cathedral Rock Trailhead to the summit of Griffith Peak. This was an amazing hike. This is the easiest route to Mt. Las Vegas, NV: Griffith Peak via South Loop Trail Leave the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip for dazzling views on top of Griffith Peak, an 11,060-foot peak an hour northwest of the city. Views on top are worth it. It's the most scenic route to Griffith Peak and there's no crowds like the South Loop trail. 0000005701 00000 n It’s a nice place to catch your breath if the wind isn’t insane. 0000008518 00000 n Public group? %PDF-1.5 %���� The South Loop Trail leads directly to the Griffith Saddle from which both Griffith Peak and Mount Charleston are accessible. Le sentier est principalement utilisé pour la … Charleston after I came off Griffith Peak via South Loop. 0000001076 00000 n 0000303625 00000 n DesertAdventures also adds: "Splitboarding, Snowboarding or Skiing is AWESOME I ended up hiking over to Mt. During snow months, snowshoes and/or crampons and ice axe are generally needed. Route and backpacking beta has been provided with a tribute to my adopted girl. This trail finally reopened after being closed for the past three years due to the Carpenter 1 fire in 2013. The views are spectacular here at 11,060' elevation, and I love the perspective of how Red Rock, Lovell, Trout, and Kyle all fit together within the Spring Mountains. recording wasnt accurate my phone before i plug in to my power bank. You begin to climb from your first step onto this trail, but you hike through some of the most lush, forested areas in these mountains. You’re at 10,700 feet now. The trail is currently under an array of logs and, in some places, non-existent. This trail makes a great starting point to reach Griffith Peak, or you can continue to the Mt. just taking a rest in switch back. At the rim, the South Loop Trail joins the Griffith Peak Trail. 0000004854 00000 n 0000139295 00000 n The worst part and reason for 4 stars is the parking lot down at the beginning was slammed and there was no parking, except along side the busy street. 0000004426 00000 n some pro hiker seems to just dash up and down there. Follow the trail up until you reach the crest of the ridge (meadows area). The final stretch is a strenuous ½ mile climb to a gorgeous view from Charleston Peak summit. Upon reaching the ridge crest, Mt. Travel approximately 17 miles to access the South Loop, Trail Canyon, and Fletcher Canyon Trails. Griffith Peak Trail has been closed since being decimated by the Carpenter One fire, which burned nearly 28,000 acres of the Spring Mountains in 2013. Not a technical hike but a long ascent. The ultimate goal may be shortened depending on the participants acclimation to the higher elevations.. Beautiful. Charleston from the South Loop trailhead as it is surprisingly only a half-mile (each way) diversion from the loop trail with about 300ft elevation gain. Return via South Loop Trail. Las Vegas Trails. Whether you marvel at the rugged cliffs, wonder at the caves and it's possible users, listen to the water rushing over the rocky ledges back in the canyons; or just revel in the colors of wildflowers & grasses at your feet, the smell of pines, or the sounds of birds, butterflies, and the wind rustling through the aspens; every aching muscle will be worth it on the South Loop Trail. Charleston Peak via The South Loop Trail. Hiking Around Las Vegas, Spring Mountains, Griffith Peak Trail (via South Loop Trail) Cathedral Rock - South Loop Trailhead (view W) Overview. 0000026199 00000 n Another option is to do the South Loop to North Loop connector. Charleston Peak (8 1/2 miles), and "just" reaching the crest of the ridge (4 miles up) and the lush meadows area (1/2 mile further) is a great sense of accomplishment and joy. Go left onto the trail and head toward Griffith Peak. Griffith Peak looking toward Las Vegas It’s a short, strenuous trek to the peak. Challenging. Sign in book at the peak, USFS - Humboldt-Toiyabe NF, Spring Mtns NRA (702) 515-5400, emerg (702) 872-5306. Then it’s up and down the North Loop Trail to the Raintree. 0000003844 00000 n 0000303358 00000 n Easy to follow trail, totally worth the view at the top. Hiking trip report for Griffith Peak, Charleston Peak, Lee Peak Loop, located in Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada. Incredible views the entire way up and once you reach the summit. The trail is easy to follow - keep straight at the intersection with Cathedral Rock trail as it goes right. Harris Springs route is easier but not prettier. Just before I got to the saddle I could hear the winds and was able to put a jacket on before I was bombarded with heavy gusts. Short break at the saddle, then over to Griffith. 0000185307 00000 n %%EOF but we made it very decent trail it take us a while to get there but we did it. 0000140096 00000 n FYI - Bathrooms and water are now closed at the trailhead for the winter season. At this junction you will hike to the right to continue on the South Loop Trail. To get to hiking trails that lead into the Mt. Las Vegas, NV: Turtlehead Peak Trail. A little confusing as the arrow points straight up. In addition, Griffith Peak makes a great side trip for those heading for Mt. The trail is in good shape, and the switchbacks help the climb feel not too terrible. Also, the restaurant at the bottom will not let you use the restroom unless you are a paying customer. Griffith Peak via South Loop Trail est un sentier aller-retour de 16.3 kilomètres très fréquenté situé près de Mount Charleston, Nevada. Leave the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip for dazzling views on top of Griffith Peak, an 11,060-foot peak an hour northwest of the city. Griffith Peak via South Loop Trail is a 10.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Charleston, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Highly recommend. It was tough hike. Note: As of 11/15/2020, this trailhead is currently closed. Watch Out. x�b```�)l�&��@��Y8n700�g�"�X� ��j�<6u�ǹ�s? Griffith Peak has the best views of any … Worth it! {:赳o݀�cڪQ���������"��. 0000008096 00000 n To get to the Griffith Peak Trail take the Harris Springs Road south … Better known to locals as Mount Charleston, it is located just 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas and encompasses more than 316,000 acres of remarkable beauty and surprising diversity. H�\�_k� �w?�=�Ť]�$��-�aX���#�>��������~�'�������Q���F9�ƛ��j��5(-�}�r�,��Γǡ1�Ȅ �I��w3,^�x�%��N��� The trail is well maintained and, in fact, volunteers from Friends of Nevada Wilderness were working on it when we descended. Headed up South Loop, which I always enjoy. This 5.7-mile loop tops three prominent summits on a panoramic tour of Griffith Park. Reopening Griffith Peak Trail will give hikers additional access to alpine Bristlecone Pine forests, Griffith Peak (11,059 ft), and Charleston Peak (11,916 ft). Some truely magnificent alive bristlecones once you pass echo overlook. Continue on the South Loop Trail … 0000014279 00000 n view at peak (Calif to Ariz) Mount Chapel, Mount Bell, and Mount Hollywood. At either 1 or 1.25 miles from the start of the hike (depending on the trailhead you chose), Riverside Trail meets Vista Del Valle Drive, a paved trail through Griffith Park. 0000001339 00000 n Saw seven bucks on the way up, they looked like they are used to people. I started at 7 am and returned to the car about 1 pm. * Shortly after leaving the road, the trail becomes steeper. 0000074105 00000 n Short and steep, but in good shape. Once back down, I continued on South Loop over to Charleston. 0000000016 00000 n Strenuous but breathtaking view on the entire way up & down. Whoever listed how many switchbacks there were thank you. The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Probably 2-3 hours for a more photographic experience. Charleston Wilderness Area, take Nevada State Highway 95 to State Route 157 west. * The trail begins with an easy ascent through pinon pines and scrub oak as it follows an old road for the first two miles. Another option is to do the South Loop to North Loop connector. 0000004153 00000 n From the junction, the route up Griffith Peak runs southeast along the ridge and heads up a spur trail following the west ridge. 8 0 obj <> endobj 0000139630 00000 n The entire hike was over 21mi but if you’re on the trail early and have the time, I highly recommend hitting both peaks while you’re up there. Counting each of the 39 switchbacks was a great way to distract myself from the difficulty of this trail. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. 0000005477 00000 n The view at the top is worth it! The wind and lower In about 400 yards the trail divides. From the sign, the South Loop Trail continues to the north toward Mt. Description. Trail starts on an abandon dirt road on the westside of Harris Mtn to Harris saddle then up the south flank of Griffith. Highly suggest to people building up to do Mt. Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ...this is a pretty safe hike. We approach it via the south loop in Mt Charleston NV. The trail climbs the south side of Kyle Canyon to the crest, follows the Griffith Peak Trail along the crest for a … This is a perfectly acceptable trail for seasoned and conditioned horses (only a few rocky, narrow spots), but there is no water along this route so you'll have to pack plenty. Access is currently available at Echo Way just to the west. It's sure exhilarating to be at the top of the peak! About the Trail - Griffith Peak Trail is a 5.5 mile, open, sunny trail that connects South Loop to Harris Springs Rd. Dominic N. Hosted by Dominic N. VegasHikers. Not sure of elevation gain but reached summit in 1 hour 44 minutes experienced hiker. Reached Griffith Peak about 4h after hopping on trailhead. It does not go up to Griffith Peak.) 0000005590 00000 n Very good trail, but the high elevation will work you good. At the end of the Griffith Lake Trail, turn left on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail North. We will follow the Trail Canyon trail to where it intersects with the North Loop Trail. Charleston summit and back. Follow the path up to Griffith Peak. A part of the Mount Charleston massif, the peak is on the southeast end of the long summit ridgeline. 0000008121 00000 n 46 0 obj <>stream Expect snow patches through end of June, it may be chilly & windy at the peak. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Around the 6 mile mark, the trail crosses the timberline, leaving the bristlecone pines. At noon I began my descent of the peak via the South Loop Trail. Les chiens sont les bienvenus sur ce sentier. Charleston summit and back. Mount Lee and the Hollywood Sign via Hollyridge Trail. Griffith Peak via South Loop Trail est un sentier allez-retour de 10.1 miles très fréquenté situé près de Mount Charleston, Nevada. 0000185579 00000 n The trail then has a slow climb through a meadow. its a victory once u get to the peak! endstream endobj 9 0 obj <>/Metadata 6 0 R/Pages 5 0 R/Type/Catalog>> endobj 10 0 obj <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC]/ExtGState<>>>/Type/Page>> endobj 11 0 obj <> endobj 12 0 obj <> endobj 13 0 obj <> endobj 14 0 obj <> endobj 15 0 obj <> endobj 16 0 obj <>stream and be safe . 0000001841 00000 n Clear days will give you incredible views of blue waters of Lake Mead, Arizona mtns, Death Valley, Pahrump, Desert Wildlife Range -- and of course, the pink glass of Circus Circus or Luxor's glass pyramid reflecting the sunlight along the Las Vegas strip filled with those poor souls down in the valley. Riverside Trail stops oscillating and begins a more determined ascent of the ridge below Glendale Peak. If you want to bag Griffith Peak, it’s about 0.5 miles. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. After 4 miles you reach the junction for Griffith Peak Trail. trailer Second Leg of the 4-Peak Mt. The trail is currently under an array of logs and, in some places, non-existent. Griffith Peak is the third hightest peak in Nevada. Charleston is 4 miles to the north and Griffith Peak is 1/4 mile to the south. Baker Peak via the Griffith Lake Trail and the Long Trail – MODERATE » 8 mi round trip, approx. The trail is 8.3 miles long and travels from the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area to the summit of Mount Charleston. Overview: This trail provides "easy" access to 2 of Southern Nevada's highest peaks - Charleston and Griffith Peaks. <<70FD2AD9382CD34597212FDE2582AB14>]>> Charleston, and the Harris Springs Trail heads to the south and then toward Griffith Peak's western slope. 0000265045 00000 n This is a signed junction, turn L (SE) towards Harris Springs, and follow the L fork up the STEEP route along the ridgeline to the peak. 0000139561 00000 n ���]oo�����CU 0000185933 00000 n Griffith Peak is southern Nevada's third highest, Nevada's 43rd highest peak. As others have said the last 500 feet to the peak was a heartbreaker, but well worth it. Trailhead: South Loop Trail Griffith Peak in the Spring Mountains outside of Las Vegas is the third highest mountain in Southern Nevada. For more information, please see https://www.gomtcharleston.com/spring-mountains-weekly-update/ Follow the Harris Springs Trail to the south. 10 miles 4,100’ gain to 11,100’ above the sea. This trail makes a great starting point to reach Griffith Peak, or you can continue to the Mt. 0000001435 00000 n 0000002811 00000 n it our first time going up to this trail no pain no gain! Overall a great trail, easy to navigate and filled with some nice views early on if you don't go all the way. This 6.4-mile hike crosses Griffith Park from Canyon Drive to the top of Mount Lee directly behind the landmark Hollywood Sign. "6.9.19 Griffith peak #18, solo, 2nd time this week by the most heinous, rough route that ever existed in the universe. * Griffith Peak Trail offers an interesting variety of vegetation along with spectacular views of Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Pahrump, Lovell Canyon, and Kyle Canyon. ... On the way back, for whoever is feeling up to it and if the weather is fine, we will also go up to Griffith Peak. 0000007952 00000 n Today’s hike will begin at the Trail Canyon Trailhead in Kyle Canyon. A December sunset lights the sky over Griffith Peak (2020-12-06). Le sentier est principalement utilisé pour la randonnée et sa meilleure utilisation est de avril à octobre. (See Photo 2.) This is a 19.1 mile loop hike with 6100 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 8-11 hours to complete. Before wildfire, the trail provided a quieter alternative to South Loop Trail and offered views of the back of Red Rock Canyon. The switchbacks are never ending. Strenuous 3,100' climb with spectacular 360 deg. Now the trail is completely clear all the way up and in fantastic condition. 0000002396 00000 n xref Lots of switchbacks which start around the 1.25 mile +/- Find More Hikes in … 0 Downed trees have been removed from the trail that were there last year. 0000003210 00000 n Follow directions for Echo Overlook or Cathedral Rock trail, but begin at the signed second trailhead within the picnic area, NOT the Cathedral Rock trailhead. 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