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Raintree and Mummy Spring
July 4 @ 6:45 am - 12:45 pm UTC-7
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Our overall intent is to be finished with the hike on time so we can get back in the Vegas area in time for the days activities for the 4th fireworks.
This is my partial reset of the Mt. Charleston area hikes planned in my personal effort to culminate later in the season by completing Mt. Charleston Peak. Late getting to the big game after being in Las Vegas for over 8 years??? … Maybe. Returning from a major injury over a year ago I returned to a new scrambling form and now am looking to revisit Buckskin Gulch 21 mile trek, Zion Narrows Top Down and Half Dome and other new journey’s this year ( Mt. Charleston Peak). My inspiration has been Larissa, a bright new Organizer with DRH who will be joining me on some hikes going forward . She is mentoring me in the upcoming hikes on my journey while she experiences a new personal journey of her own.
And now … The Journey Continues….
Raintree is an excellent hike to start training for some elevation gain on Mt Charleston. The Rain Tree is approx. 3000 years old, and is still living. Bristlecones hibernate for long periods of time, and therefore extend there lifetime. This trail is a popular one and Raintree is at the intersection of the North Loop Trail, the Mummy Spring Trail, and near the trail to Fletcher Peak. Mt. Charleston is getting busier, so carpooling helps reduce crowding. Out of respect for drivers, please wear a mask in the car if you are unvaccinated, and bring money to account for fuel costs. We will meet in the Santa Fe Casino east parking garage, level 2 on the left. There are two garages, this is the garage around the back, off of N Rancho. Feel free to message me if you have questions. If you choose to meet us at the trailhead let me know so we do not wait at carpool spot. We will meet at the Wild horse Canyon trailhead parking lot.
We will be going at a comfortable pace, with a couple of breaks along the way as needed. We’ll stop at Raintree, one of the oldest recorded living Bristlecone Pines on the mountain. Because this tree is a treasure, we won’t stand or climb on it, but enjoy the view with Mummy’s Toe as a backdrop. We will venture another 1/4 mi to Mummy Springs for a side trip.
Distance: 6.1 miles
Elevation gain: 1,600′
Highpoint Elevation: 10,023′
I am not a fan of hikers speeding ahead of the rest of the group to where we cannot see you. I understand everyone has a different pace out there but please stay within eyesight of the group.
Bring at least 2.5 liters of water, snacks, electrolytes, extra layers, and sun and rain protection. The weather on Mt. Charleston tends to be unpredictable until you’re out on the trail. Hiking boots are recommended. Feel free to bring hiking poles if you like them.
Please note the following:
• Adhere to Leave No Trace Principles – https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/
• Please be aware that your Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers.
• Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being.
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I am an outdoor enthusiast who would rather be on a backcountry backpacking trip than a stroll on the beach (although I do love the beach!).
Living in Las Vegas has afforded me the opportunity to easily explore the Southwest region of the United States.
A nature lover, I am often found at the end of the pack taking photos and videos of the wildlife found on the trails. Colorful flowers, desert animals, and unusual geological rock formations are often the majority of my photos.