Mount Charleston Wilderness

Mount Charleston Wilderness, Nevada
Mt. Charleston Wilderness

The 57,442-acre Mount Charleston Wilderness includes all the high areas of the Spring Mountain Range, including its highest point at Mt.Charleston itself (11,915'). The range is cut with heavily forested, short, steep-walled canyons.

About 18,000 acres of the Mount Charleston Wilderness are occupied by the largest stand of bristlecone pines in the Intermountain West. There are no running streams and only a very few springs.

There's about 40 miles of trails in the Mount Charleston Wilderness but the constant elevation changes and lack of flat terrain can make hiking quite strenuous. The sole elk herd in southern Nevada roams these mountains, keeping company with mule deer, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, etc.

Access to the Mount Charleston Wilderness is via US 95 northwest of Las Vegas, then turn south on State Highway 157 or 156. The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is very close by.

The southeastern boundary of Mount Charleston Wilderness is against the northwestern boundary of La Madre Mountain Wilderness.

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Mt. Charleston, Nevada
Aerial view of Mt. Charleston, from the west
Mt. Charleston Wilderness map
Mt. Charleston Wilderness map logo
Upper photo of Mt. Charleston Wilderness courtesy of Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
Lower photo of the Mount Charleston Wilderness courtesy of the National Forest Service.
Map courtesy of National Geographic Topo!
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