Looking down Kyle Canyon from the precipice of Cathedral Rock. Just an hour from my house, the Mount Charleston area is a welcome respite from the heat of the desert floor. Charleston offers an alpine-like environment replete with coniferous trees, bare limestone cliffs, waterfalls and springs. In fact, a few years ago saw the flooding of the small town on the mountain when the spring water overran the banks of the gully running down the canyon. It was pretty spectacular.