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Chris Kopp
(ckopp) - F

Locale: SoCal
Spring Mountains Nov. 3-4 on 11/08/2010 21:15:15 MST Print View

Hi everyone. I did the loop trail in Spring Mountains outside of Las Vegas last week. It was an 18ish mile trip that passes over Mt. Charleston. The weather was perfect with highs in the 50s/60s and a low in the upper 30s. A little bit of snow on north facing slopes. I do ecological research in California's White Mountains so this was nice opportunity to see another Great Basin mountain range. I will post a trip I did in that range in another thread. Pictures were taken with my Motorola Droid phone. Enjoy!

Intersection of Trail Canyon TR and South Loop TR.
Intersection of Trail Canyon TR and South Loop TR.

Area that burned in 1945?
Area that burned in 1945?

Mt. Charleston
Mt. Charleston

Looking east from top of Mt. Charleston.
Looking east from top of Mt. Charleston.

Summit sign
Summit sign

Looking south from top of Mt. Charleston.
Looking south from top of Mt. Charleston.

Grassy ridge south of Mt. Charleston
Grassy ridge south of Mt. Charleston

Grassy ridge south of Mt. Charleston

Edited by ckopp on 11/08/2010 21:57:26 MST.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Spring Mountains Nov. 3-4" on 11/08/2010 22:25:39 MST Print View

Interesting looking area, this area is almost off the map to me, I've never heard of it. Is that a strand of juniper trees in the last image? Thanks for sharing this trip report.

Chris Kopp
(ckopp) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: "Spring Mountains Nov. 3-4" on 11/08/2010 22:31:35 MST Print View

Glad you like it! The trees are Bristlecone Pines.

Tim Drescher
(timdcy) - M

Locale: The Gore Range
Re: Spring Mountains Nov. 3-4 on 11/18/2010 09:31:34 MST Print View

I enjoyed this report as well. Nevada seems to have some hidden secrets.

From the latest Backpacker magazine:

"Gnarled, twisted bristlecone pines even look their age. See the 3,000 year old Raintree, the oldest living thing in Nevada, three miles into the 20 mile Mt. Charleston National Recreation Trail loop which winds through the biggest colony of bristlecones in the intermountain West."

It goes on to say that you can bag the three highest peaks in southern Nevada. Mummy, Charleston and Griffith.

Hikin' Jim
(hikin_jim)

Locale: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Re: Spring Mountains Nov. 3-4 on 11/18/2010 14:09:15 MST Print View

Good pix. Thanks for the TR.

HJ

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Spring Mountains Nov. 3-4 on 11/19/2010 16:09:04 MST Print View

Looked like some great country with a range of landscapes.
Thanks

Chris Kopp
(ckopp) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Spring Mountains Nov. 3-4 on 11/19/2010 23:47:14 MST Print View

Speaking of old trees. Nevada used to have the worlds oldest non-clonal organism in the Prometheus tree, also a Bristlecone Pine. The tree was located near Wheeler Peak in the Snake Range (Great Basin National Park) and was cut down in 1964 and was at least 4,862 years old. The oldest living tree is now the Methuselah tree in California's White Mountains.