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16 viewsWalking through an old avalanche zone closer to the bottom of the trail. The hike is listed at 5.5 hours, so we expected to hustle through it in about 4, but the snow slowed us down and we finished in a little over 5 hours. (with 4 hours of actual hiking time, according to the GPS)Jun 01, 2008
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19 viewsJun 01, 2008
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19 viewsOccasionally I can talk Briar into taking a picture of me, this one of me making a "meahhh, What's up, Doc?" pose with Mt Chas summit in the background. (Briar makes a much cuter model.)Jun 01, 2008
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18 viewsWe start down the ridge we SHOULD have come up, directly West of the summit. Lots of snow up here, too.Jun 01, 2008
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36 viewsThe town of Mt Charleston and Mummy Mountain in the background. Briar adds her $.02 to the logbook.Jun 01, 2008
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12 viewsAnother view East- On a clear day I'm told you can see Lake Mead and Arizona and the Vegas Strip.Jun 01, 2008
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14 viewsView W-SW towards South end of Pahrump. On a clear day I'm told you can see Death Valley and California.Jun 01, 2008
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14 viewsView East- towards Harris Springs Trail.Jun 01, 2008
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14 viewsView S-SE.Jun 01, 2008
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16 viewsView East.Jun 01, 2008
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43 viewsBriar pries open the Log Book ammo box. View N-NW.Jun 01, 2008
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15 viewsThis is a great shot of the Mt Charleston summit and "The Meadows". At 11,918 ft, Mt Chas is less than 1000 ft higher in elevation than Griffith Peak.Jun 01, 2008
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24 viewsBriar was so excited to reach the summit she waved our carrots around. (By the way, I've read that carrots are great for high altitude hiking- some chemical helps offset altitude sickness, of which 75% of people exhibit some symptoms over 10K ft)Jun 01, 2008
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13 viewsBriar made it to the summit before me. Understandable, since I was hauling our heavy supplies. (Hey- the camera, 1st aid kit, GPS, and powerbars get heavy after a while!) :-)Jun 01, 2008
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13 viewsJun 01, 2008
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29 views...so... we turned our gaze upwards, and hiked straight up through the scree to the Summit. This was rough- I advise taking the trail along the ridge!Jun 01, 2008
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14 viewsLooking at the N side of Griffith Summit. We missed the trail up to the summit- it goes straight up the ridge in the center of the photo, but there was so much snow we walked right past it. As we hiked around the West side of the peak and started to descend, we realized we had started down the Harris Springs trail, which I am told is the easier (but not prettier) way to reach Griffith Summit.Jun 01, 2008
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15 viewsJun 01, 2008
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47 viewsThis is the sign at the ridge where you can cut South to Griffith, or North to "The Meadows" and Mt Charleston.Jun 01, 2008
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18 viewsJun 01, 2008
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17 viewsSoft green grass!Jun 01, 2008
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15 viewsJun 01, 2008
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14 viewsJust before you reach the Griffith/Charleston Intersection (almost 10,500 ft), you start seeing the nicest alpine meadows. Griffith summit in background.Jun 01, 2008
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26 viewsI didn't take many pictures of this area, but this shows what it is like- despite having the trail mapped out on our GPS (from our hike down from Mt Chas last July) the trail was IMPOSSIBLE to follow, and we resorted to hiking straight up through the snow. I would not recommend this trail to anyone for the next few weeks unless you bring snowshoes- I'm not kidding.Jun 01, 2008
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