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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
On July 4th, 1999, we successfully completed our 4th annual Multi-Peak hike in Mt. Charleston. In the past we had done three peak hikes, but this year we wanted something very challenging. And we got it.
This was our first and only Five Peak endurance hike, at least doing this route. We started at the South Loop trailhead, hiked to Griffith Peak, Charleston Peak, and Mummy Mountain. We then descended the scree slope and followed the North Loop trail back up to Charleston Peak and over to Griffith Peak. Finally, we took the South Loop trail back to the trailhead.
I figured we hiked a little more than 28 miles and the elevation gain was almost 7,500 feet.
Below are our times for future reference. I don't recommend doing this hike. It was very hard and abusive to the body. We took about 90 minutes for breaks, food, and signing the registers.
Start: 5:46 am
Griffith Peak: 7:38 am
Charleston Peak: 9:33 am
Mummy Mtn: 12:16 pm
Charleston Peak: 3:31 pm
Griffith Peak: 5:51 pm
Finish: 7:56 pm
Although on this hike we did not camp, long hikes like these require plenty of food. Learn more about the best no cook meals you can take on your next adventure.
June is one of the best months to hike in Mt. Charleston. The days are long and the Monsoon season is still a month away. Dress in layers to keep comfortable. Bring a Camelbak or similar type of a daypack to stay hydrated. I suggest starting with the lower elevation trails in May and June, since Charleston received a lot of snow this winter.
Hiking poles are a big help in Mt. Charleston
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV