- Scale is 0 to 4
- Time of year visited: October
- View: 3.5 Nice view of the mountains looking north. At night city lights can be seen in the distance.
- Water: 1 Nearest available water in October was back at the parking lot, about 2.5 to 3 miles away.
- Accessibility: 3 Only about a 2.5 – 3 mile, mostly steep trail hike from Little Falls or Cathedral Rock trailheads on 157.
- Solitude: 2 It was right off the main trail up to the peak
- Comfort: 2 Flat, with a spot for tents and a fire. Dropoffs if you wander too far.
- Coolness: 2 On the side of a mountain with a view.
Of Note: My favorite thing about Las Vegas is it’s proximity to great hiking and climbing and to several national parks. Located only 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, the Mt. Charleston Wilderness area is worlds away. This camping spot was on the way up the South Loop Trail in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area. This trail continues on to create a 20+ mile loop (with a few peaks to bag) if you are looking for a multi-night adventure, or a long, tough day hike. For some great info, photos, and video on the longer hike to Charleston Peak (elev. 11,918′) visit HikingGuy.com. Be aware that the Vegas Strip sits at about 2000′ feet and this trailhead starts at 7600′ and climbs to 11,918′ at Charleston Peak. Be prepared for temperature and weather changes, as well as altitude adjustment.