Turtlehead Peak Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, NV 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.
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.
One of my favorites. It's a nice hike until you get to the base. Once heading up, there is a lot of scree and can make for a difficult climb up and down. It's worth it because the view at the top is priceless. I was at the top once when a storm popped up. The lightning show from the top was amazing.
Great view from the top! there's a check log and box. Make sure to bring a sufficient amount of water.
There is a fee to enter Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, but it's worth it. The trail is easy the first mile, then moderate the next 3/4 of a mile, and the last 3/4 mile is difficult. Early morning the mountain itself gives you shade. The trail is randomly marked, and if you are not careful you can get off the trail ... Which increases the difficulty of the hike. Watch out for loose rock with sand ... Especially on the way down. Remember falling up the mountain is better than falling down the mountain! Great views at the top make it worth the effort!!
Once you get this far you might as well continue on to the peak. The most difficult part is over.
Hiking this trail for the second time in late June and it was a scorcher (110 F) by mid day. All of us brought 5 liter of water each and nearly drank it all. I would not recommend leaving this trail head for the peak after 7-8 am due to the high danger of heat stroke. That said, beautiful views from the top!!
Great trail to spend other than drinking in Vegas!! Very Hot!! but great views
Did it today somewhat complicated by winds gusting to 40 mph.
A great fun hike however the trail markings have become a bit dodgy and missing it seemed. Especially higher up we had to guess a bit.
From trailhead, follow trail markings and the. The blue/ green paint blazes. Once you lose those, stay to the left of the gully as you climb and follow the most obvious trail spoor left of the crags in the gully once you get up on the saddle turn and again pick a likely trail towards the peak.
Sooo, trail not well marked for last 2/3 of way but the 360 view at top is awesome
It was a great experience in my opinion. It was challenging for me since I'm out of shape. But I made it to the top! Going down is the most difficult for me cause it was slippery and I have a bad left knee. But hey! Pretty proud of myself when I got home.
Quick elevation gain with a great view of Red Rock & Vegas. It's a workout! Must do in town.
I love this trail. Great getaway from typical Vegas excursions.
just finished this hike. it reminded me how out of shape I am. wanted to stop half way through. so glad I didn't! the view was awesome! definitely challenging, but well worth it. Plus my dog had the best time on it! finished I about 4 hours, including a couple snack and lunch breaks. google maps made me pass the closer parking lot, so we hiked down from the higher up lot. not fun on the way back.
Great hike! The trail can be very undefined in places. It was a welcomed break from the strip.