|Charleston Peak from North Loop Trail|
|Raintree (foreground) & Mummy's Toe (background)|
|Charleston Peak from Trail Canyon|
|Climbing on the Upper Half of Trail Canyon|
|Hiking Toward Raintree on the North Loop Trail|
|Cockscomb Ridge (above) & Top of Fletcher Canyon Wash (below)|
|After Magnification: Charleston Switchbacks still partially in Snow Today|
|Climbing the North Loop to Raintree|
1) Carry as much water as you can for the training hikes.
2) Realize that the most difficult part of the summit hike will likely be the descent. Strong feet and knees are recommended!
3) And, it is important to learn the trail so that you know how to pace yourself throughout the 17 miles.
We all arrived at the Trail Canyon / North Loop saddle between 45 minutes to 1 hour/5 minutes from the start. This is similar to our times in years past. Improvement on your Trail Canyon time is improvement on your overall strength.
|Trail Climbs into the Bristlecones|
|Fletcher Peak as seen from North Loop Trail|
|Relaxing at Raintree|
|A Windy Day at the Raintree Saddle|
7.5 miles; 2200 feet elevation gain; 3.5 hours
|Descending the North Loop Trail to Trail Canyon|
|Cockscomb Ridge peeks out in front of the South Loop Ridge|
|Griffith Peak rises above Fletcher Canyon below North Loop|