Mount Charleston, is one of the best places to go in the summer in Las Vegas. Some might say the Strip, where you can party all day by the pool and into the wee hours of the morning at a nightclub. But I’m not a big fan of the heat. I know that sounds crazy, living in one of the hottest places in the United States, but it’s the truth. On average, it’s about 20-30 degrees cooler in the mountains than it is in the city. When the thermometers are passing the 100-degree mark before 10 a.m., it’s a welcome break. If you’re thinking of taking a trip out to Mount Charleston in these final days of summer, here are of some of my personal suggestions for when you go:
Gas up before you go. Mount Charleston is about an hour away from the city and other than the Lodge, there’s nothing out there. Nothing. So get plenty of gas and snacks before you head that direction, or you may have to cut your trip short.
If you’re hiking with a dog, especially smaller dogs, try Bristlecone Trail or Cathedral Rock.
Go early if you’re planning on a hike. Because of the drop-in temperatures you experience going from the city to the mountains, it is a popular place to go in the summer, so it gets busy after 9 or 10 in the morning. If you’re camping, I’d still recommend going early so you are sure to get a good spot.
If you’re new to hiking, start with Lee Canyon or Mary Jane Falls. Mary Jane Falls is the easiest hike; Lee Canyon has the better views.
Stop at the Lodge for lunch or dinner. Just because.
If you’re looking for a challenge, check out Mummy Mountain. It’s the second highest peak in Mount Charleston.
Check back later in the year for my tips on traveling to Mount Charleston in the winter.