Mount Charleston is a year-round getaway for Las Vegas’s residents and visitors, with a number of hiking trails and a modest ski area.
The mountain, which is snow-capped more than half the year, can be seen from parts of the Las Vegas Strip when looking toward the west.
Mt. Charleston Overview
The Mount Charleston Wilderness Area consists of a total of 57,442 acres of protected wilderness, with the BLM managing 2,142 acres (867 ha) and the rest by the U.S. Forest Service.
The Wilderness Area extends across the entire Spring Mountains Range, including the highest point of Mount Charleston (Charleston Peak), at an elevation of 11,908 ft.
Mt. Charleston Picnics
Mount Charleston has nearly 200 campsites and over 150 picnic areas, some of which are RV-accessible.
Click here to read about Mt. Charleston picnic areas.
Mt. Charleston Hiking
Below is a list of the major hiking trails at Mt. Charleston. I am in the process of posting the hike overviews, pictures, etc.
Big Sawmill Loop Trail
Blue Trail Loop
Bristlecone Trail, Old
Charleston Peak is a popular destination for hikers.
The summit offers panoramic views from the Sierra Nevada, Death Valley, and Las Vegas. There are two well-marked and well-maintained trails to the summit: South Loop Trail and North Loop/Trail Canyon.
The trails can be done on their own as an out-and-back hike or combined as a loop. Both approaches involve a strenuous 16-mile+ round trip with over 4000 feet of climbing. The hike often takes all day. The hike is most accessible in the snow-free months of summer and fall.
Desert View Overlook
Eagle’s Nest Loop
Harris Canyon Trail
Kyle Canyon Slots
Lovell Canyon Trail
Mud Springs Loop Trail
Pinyon Pine Loop Trail
Rocky Gorge Loop Trail
Schaefer Spring Trail
Stanley B Springs
Telephone Canyon, Lower
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.