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Snowshoe Hikes Offered up on Mt. Charleston
Published on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 (3:47 p.m.)Las Vegas, NV… Don’t let a little snow get in the way of going for a hike at Mt. Charleston! Join an interpretive naturalist who will outfit you with snowshoes and lead you on a trip to discover the wonders of a snow covered forest. Hike participants will experience the snow while discovering how the plants and animals survive the cold.
The snowshoe hike schedule for December and January is now available. To see the schedule and to register for a hike, please visit: http://www.GoMtCharleston.com
These interpretive hikes are normally provided on Saturdays and Sundays from December to March depending on snow levels. Special weekday hikes will be offered on Christmas and New Year’s Day weeks. Arrangements for special groups can be made for weekdays. Please contact Cody Dix at (702) 515-5408 or [email protected] for more information.
Who Can Snowshoe?
Our programs are designed for the beginner as well as the experienced snowshoe enthusiast. Snowshoes are one size fits all, so we recommend all snowshoers are at least six years old. For safety reasons dogs aren’t allowed on snowshoe hikes.
Registration is required for snowshoe hikes. If you require any other special equipment during the hike, please let us know when you register. This season we are asking for a suggested $10 donation per hiker to support this program. There is a limit of 30 people due to room and supplies. You must submit your reservation 48 hours prior to the hike. After registering, we will send you a confirmation email with further information to prepare you for the hike. Please give us a day or two to respond. Spots are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.
Traveling to the hike
A few days before the hike you will receive the location and directions. Snow chains, snow tires, or four-wheel drive are usually not required to get to the starting location unless it is snowing and Nevada Department of Transportation requires them. Visit http://www.safetravelusa.com/nv/ to see current road conditions. The hike leader will call you the morning of the hike if road conditions appear to be too dangerous for travel. Parking can be an issue at certain locations so carpooling is encouraged. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the hike start time.
Preparing for your hike
Snowshoe programs last two hours. We allow time for putting on and removing snowshoes so the hike itself is around 1 to 1½ hours. The length is 1 to 1½ miles round trip and is completed mostly on gently rolling terrain. Average temperatures are in the 30s and 40s (Fahrenheit) so prepare for the cold by wearing layers, bringing a hat and gloves, and closed toe shoes such as boots or hiking shoes.
Snowshoe hikes are dependent on snow. If there is not enough snow on the ground a hike may be cancelled. We will contact you prior to your scheduled hike if there is a cancellation.
For more information on this release, please contact Cody Dix at (702) 515-5408 or [email protected]
Education programs at the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area are offered through a partnership between the US Forest Service, the Great Basin Institute, and the Southern Nevada Conservancy.