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.
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.
Excellent hike taking 3 hours r/t with 25mins spent at peak. Took almost identical track as Benedict & Livingston (reviews). Took 3.0 liters of water, homemade trail mix from Sprouts, couple of RX bars and Quest bars for fuel. A great day while crossing the paths of numerous hikers ascending and descending. Temp = 50, Wind = 10mph (at peak), 100% sun.
great hike, beautiful views!!!
Did this Trail yesterday. :) The view was definitely worth it. The half way point is where it gets hard. It's better to take it step by step and also take breaks when needed.
Things you may need, a beanie and gloves, lots of water and snacks.
Follow the blue dot marks.
Perfect weather to do this trail! Great view of all of red rock and the strip! Well worth it!
Great trail. Awesome 360 degree view.
Starting in January 2017 or so, the parking area at Sandstone Quarry will be closed for re-construction. You'll have to start your trail either at Calico Vista 2 Parking area and scramble up the sandstone or go to Calico Basin and take the backway up. This should only last 2-3 months..
Great views of the strip from the top!
Fun trail! Approach this trail in thirds: 1st third of the hike begins from the parking lot to the base of the mountain. This part is easy - rolling hills and hiking up a wash for a portion of this hike. The 2nd third is climbing up the gully: my best advice is to stay on the left side of the gully - follow the green/blue markers. There's a trail that climbs up through a series of switchbacks and some minor bouldering. If you can't find the trail, no worries. Just head straight up until you reach the ridge and the remainder of the trail will be on your right side. The last third of the trail is from the ridge to the peak. Once you reach the ridge, find the trail and head towards the right towards the peak. The trail disappears but just head straight up as you come up the peak from behind. Once you're at the top: relax, eat and drink, take pics and relax some more. Come back down the same way you came up. That's pretty much it.
Things to bring: water - the temp was 85 w a slight breeze. I brought 3 liters: 2 liters of just water and 1 liter with electrolyte mix (tailwind), hat, sun block, snacks for energy ( I brought jerky and cereal)
Most of my experience hiking is on wooded trails in the east. So this was my first time hiking in the desert. More climbing on rocks that I'm used to but it was a lot of fun and the trail provided some great views.