Turtlehead Peak Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Isolated walk past petroglyphs to ridge line with views of Sandstone Quarry. Well worn path to the summit of Turtlehead Mountain. Alternate exits exist for this classic Red Rock Canyon Peak. Established in 1990 by special legislation the Red Rock Recreation Lands status was changed to a National Conservation Area. The area is comprised of 195,819 acres and is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. More than 30 miles of hiking trails exists in this scenic area including the well worn path to the summit of Turtlehead Mountain. This classic Red Rock Canyon Peak offers stunning views of Las Vegas and the Red Rock Canyon mountain skyline.
It was a strenuous hike, yet well worth it. If going on winter months would advise wearing layers and gloves since it gets cold at higher elevations, especially with winds. Also the trailhead parking lot gets pretty busy in the mornings of weekends or long weekends. Take plenty of water.
Beautiful views from the top, but you have to earn it. Pretty tough hike, but worth it.
Great and fun hike to do in the winter time. Weather was in the upper 50s and no snow on the ground in February. There were some steep parts but not too bad. Definitely a good challenge especially if you have not been hiking in a couple months because of winter. Beautiful views of Vegas and mountains from the Peak. Definitely worth it if you have 2-3 hours available.
Amazing view! You can see all the way to Lake Mead. Hard hike but so worth it.!
Awesome hike. Some steep portions but nothing serious. Half day hike. View from the top is worth it. If you're doing it in winter and see snow at the top, bring crampons. Trekking poles were great to have too. Can be done without crampons or poles though.
A great hike to be sure!! I would agree in the difficulty level, but the day (January 19th) we did it I think it was even more so... The first 1/3 was great overcast and watched the shows coming up through the valley. The second 2/3 of the hike was in a very cold moderate rain which did not effect the surface that much, however the final third coming over the knife edge we were met with sideways blowing snow and the accumulation increased to almost 3 iniches on the summit. The cloud cover opened up briefly for a decent down view but we did not stay long. The downhill in
The snow was precarious and slow but once below the snow line it was a pretty easy decent, rather steep at times but nothing technical. Of course once on the dessert floor the blue sky's came back and it gave us some amazing pictures of where we had just been. Very rewarding and highly suggested hike if you are in decent shape!! You quads will scream some!! The trail was marked very well down low, but as you climb they become pretty random... and because of the snow only rock markers were recognizable but all in all it's a very straight forward trail! That will give you a sense of accomplishment! ! Just remember to plan your gear according to the current conditions and the near future and you will be fine!! A great climb!!
Awesome trail with great view to le madre mountains and red rock canyon.
Dog friendly. Steep hike in some parts.
Great hike, but it's a little tough when its raining and icy as the terrain becomes very slippery. Wear appropriate shoes and dress accordingly as it gets a bit windy and cold at the top of the peak.
First time i was here was 10 years ago in the dead of summer and i went up the ravine ...so I remember it being a lot harder. This time i stood on the trail and it was snowing at the summit. If you appreciate Desert landscape and have a few hours to spend you need to stop here. I do recommend being in decent shape, you will enjoy yourself a bit more.