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Mt. Charleston Wilderness

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Recreational Opportunities

The Mt. Charleston Wilderness provides a unique and beautiful backdrop for both summer and winter recreation. Explore the high country with a hiking, horseback riding, or camping trip. Nearly 40 miles of trails cover the wilderness, with significant elevation changes offering spectacular views and endless challenges. For the more adventurous, Mt. Charleston’s skiing, ice climbing, and rock climbing are sure to please. Backcountry permits are not required.

Mt. Charleston Wilderness is one of the premier climbing destinations in southern Nevada for powerful sport climbing on hard limestone routes. There are over 100 climbing routes, with the majority ranging in the 5.11 to 5.13 grade. Rock climbing, canyoneering, and scrambling do not require a permit (e.g., to use removable or existing fixed protection). However, other permits for use of the area (e.g., new permanent fixed anchor routes) may be required where applicable. Use of hand drills is allowed while power drills are prohibited in the wilderness. Seasonal or permanent route closures may occur in order to protect resource values. Please contact the BLM or USFS for additional information.

Hunting and trapping is permissible in the wilderness in accordance with state and federal regulations. Participants must be in possession of a valid state hunting or trapping license and tag. Specific area closures may be in effect. Please contact the BLM or USFS for more information. If hiking in the backcountry during hunting season, please dress in brightly colored clothing so that you are visible to hunters.

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