Turtlehead Mountain

Las Vegas, Nevada 89153

Turtlehead Mountain

Turtlehead Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A cross-country day hike to a 6,323-foot summit offering spectacular views of the red rocks and Spring Mountains in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Follow the Calico Tanks Trail until the trail turns east, then leave the trail and hike north up the wash.

Once you ’re north of the Calico Hills with a clear view of Turtlehead Mountain to the north, head up the ravine to the left (west) of the peak. Ascend this ravine to its head, then turn right and follow the ridge a short distance to the summit."

Turtlehead Mountain Trip Reports

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5/26/2008
The hike down was harder then the hike up due to the loose rocks. It took me about two hours up and one hour down and that was moving at a good clip. The view was nice at the top if you like looking over a city and the pollution it brings with it.
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3/15/2008
Interesting hike with great views. I found the hike to be significantly more challenging than I expected. There is no exposure that would require climbing equipment but there was a lot of scrambling in the middle section. The hike took about 4 hours up and down, with a liesurely pace and a stop for lunch.

Reaching the summit felt like a much bigger accomplishment than I expected as well. The view from the top is truly outstanding and you really feel like you've made it up a long way.
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8/7/2006
Turtlehead Peak hike is in the beautiful Red Rocks just about 15 miles east of Las Vegas. You will think you are in a different world, peace and quite and great views of the Valley in the distance. Why did I wait till my 6th trip to Las Vegas to come out here....well I thought it would be to hot during July. It was about 8 degrees cooler at the start of the hike then in town and with the 2200 foot elevation gain probably 15 degrees or more cooler at the top. Very Nice. A great late afternoon hike. The trail is pretty well marked for the first half then is a series of trails scrambling up the mountain for the second half. Just keep climbing and you will be rewarded with a view. We ran down the Mountain to the parking lot concerned that the road closed at 8pm. It turns out the entrance closes not the exit on the very nice and scenic loop road. Do take lots of water.
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2/10/2006
The area reminds me of Sedona AZ. The red rock formations and views are beautiful. The total elevation gain on this trail is over 2000 verticle feet over 2.5 miles that gets your attention quickly, especially for flatlanders. The trail is initially fairly well marked, but as you make the approach to the steeper section, be sure to stay along the left side of the gulch until just below a large knob crossing then to the right. At the ridgeline, be sure not to cut too quickly to the right as you will end up on the face of the peak Vs the summit.
There is also much rock climbing and a great 13 mile scenic drive in the Red Rock Canyon where Turtlehead Peak is located. A number of people were riding bikes and jogging on the scenic road.
With a number of trails for different levels of difficulty and great facilities, I would highly recommend visiting the park.
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10/11/2003
Excellent views of downtown Las Vegas! Hit the peak just before sunset and you'll have great views of the nightime lights. Amazing how few people venture out of LV to explore this cool red rock terrain. Only a 20 minute drive west of downtown along highway 159. Take a right on the Loop Drive into Red Rock Canyon Nat'l Conservation Area. Then look for the parking lot at Sandstone Quarry. Initially, it's a casual walk along the gravel/sand trail. Keep your eyes on the trail because there are numerous crossing trails. Good signage helped. About half way up, it starts to climb up. Pretty steep at times. Bring water. Again, aweview views of the red & white stone rocks, cactus everywhere, birdlife above and cool evening temps. Enjoy! Take a break from the slots and take your favorite lady or man! :)
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Trail Information

Las Vegas
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Fall through Spring
Season
Bureau of Land Management, Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89130-2301; (702) 515-5000; www.blm.gov
Local Contacts
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