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16 days ago

Challenging and fun.. very little shade, but I knew it would given it is Vegas.. Trail isn’t marked too welll...

The first half was easy. And very enjoyable. The second half the trail pretty much disappeared. Loose rocks and scrambling. The long slope to the top was very boring and dull. it's a very hard walk bushwacking with no trail. After I was done I could have kicked myself and should have done a more scenic hike around the red rocks. But I made it to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

I'm from Vegas and my sister and I would do this hike a couple times every summer. If it's in the summer, though, you should make sure to get an early start because there's no tree cover until you get to the slope of the actual mountain and even then, it's just some short and pretty sparse junipers. The hike is long and the "trail" becomes less defined as you get closer to the slope of the mountain, so my sister and I would usually end up taking whichever route we wanted that given day, often the wash that was still shaded by the peak. The view at the top isn't great just because visibility isn't great, but otherwise, getting to the top feels pretty good. I would recommend this hike to anyone, just make sure you bring plenty of water!

So hard. I in no way completed the hike. I did 3 miles in and 3 miles out. Kicked my butt.

hiking
1 month ago

Been a few years since I hiked this trail. It was my first hike in a long time so I found out real quick that I was out of shape (even though I was 7% body fat). I went home exhausted and burnt from the lack of shade and poor preparation, but it was the beginning of a hiking/climbing journey. Since then, I’ve hiked and climbed all over the country!

When you cross over the rocks, the trail goes to the left fairly soon after that. If you get to the pink ribbon you are above the trail. I thought I read somewhere a thank you for the ribbon so I followed that as our guide. We ended up hiking up and down the hills for 3 hours before finally connecting back with the actual trail Never made it to the springs. If you find the actual trail, the hike isn't too bad. But if you get off the trail, it gets very hard. The views were beautiful though.

1 month ago

Great hike but there was a couple of areas that were a little treacherous

hiking
1 month ago

You can see by my rating of this trail how I feel about Turtlehead…

…but just because I did not totally enjoy it does not mean that you won’t.

The pros first:
1. Turtlehead is one of the more challenging trails at Red Rock.
2. The views from the peak are magnificent.
3. Wildlife can be observed.

…so what’s not to like right?

Well, for me, compared to other trails at Red Rock, the trail to the top is boring: Rocks and Junipers with little variation; the one Red Rock trail that come close to this level of monotony is the last few miles of the White Rock loop where the old road ends.

Wild life is around but hard to spot unless you are towards the top where I saw four of Bird of Prey; I think a Prairie Falcon and Crows. I did see some kind of ground Birds towards the trail head, along the wash; Chukar, most likely. Those two sightings were the highlight of my hike.

The trail is challenging and, at times, downright dangerous and that has never stopped me from hiking a trail but there is usually some variation. I did like the challenge and some of the danger but most of the danger was from loose scree which was more annoying. The hike to the abandoned mines at La Madre Springs has a similar amount of scree but with variation.

Some Tips:

Regarding heat management/water… I hiked at midday in some serious heat, took tons of rests but finding shade was hard; I drank 3 liters of water but could have used 4. If you hike during peak heat expect that kind of water consumption. Camel up at the car and wet down your clothes and hats: that should keep you good in the heat for the first 2 or so hours. Sometimes I pack my pockets with micro fiber cloths and wet those down too. Conserve your sweat, not your water.

Rest when you need to, the heat causes your heart rate to rise so break when you are tired and don’t over exert yourself till you are descending from the peak. When resting wait for your heart rate to get nice and low, preferably in the shade.

Gloves would be a good idea because there is some class 3 scrambling. I took a hiking pole with me and I am pretty sure it was helpful your results may vary.

If I did not stop to take pictures, the hike would have taken me about 5 hours due the numerous rest breaks I took going up: three going up and two going down.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was enjoyable, bring some friends and some good hiking shoes!

I did this hike November of 2016. One of the toughest hikes I’ve ever done in a day but one of the most enjoyable. Bring a buddy and a camera, this one has some breathtaking views!

We hiked up and back 6/23/18. We had wonderful weather and great views. We even were able to throw a couple snowballs with the patches of melting snow remaining.

on Turtlehead Peak Trail

2 months ago

Super fun & challenging!! Your thighs will hurt, coming back feels harder than going up! Take a light lunch to have at the top! Beautiful view to have while eating lunch!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Starts off pretty easy but gets challenging having to scramble up some rocks. The descent was far more difficult, wear shoes with good tread, and expect to slip and slide a bit on your way down. Bring lots of water and get ready for great views at the top!

hiking
2 months ago

Killer hike. Up to the top with some breaks in 1:38. Took the "short" way back down through the steeper section/wash. Weather was great for 6am start. Wouldn't consider doing it any other way, though. Saw people heading up on our way back, nope. High temps going up this one would be torture.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is difficult to follow at times. As you approach the end of the trail some climbing is required, but there was a small pool of water at the top.

Very difficult to finished.. but it’s very rewarding when you reached the top., beautiful view.. got a bit lost on the way down .. lol!! Great cardio work out....

hiking
2 months ago

A very easy hike and a lot of the trail is shaded so it was nice and cool. Sometimes the water at the end is an actual waterfall, sometimes it's like a small sprinkle.

was a fun challenge. trail was easy to follow going up...trickier going down especially at the beginning. poles helped a lot going up. take gloves for some sharp rock scrambling if you can.

hiking
2 months ago

I wanted to give this trek a four star review but the 17.3 mile, rough/bumpy road to get there stole a star from the rating (about 35-40 minutes). At first, I didn't understand why so many reviews complained about the loose gravel but after about mile 4...you REALLY start to hate the soft gravel!
ha-ha ...going up kicked my butt - not a terribly steep inclined but a very steady uphill climb the entire way. It took me 2 hours and 45 minutes to reach the cabin. I only dropped pack twice for a breaks. The way down only took me 1 hour and 55 minutes...ha-ha do the math! The way up is not easy. Not to mention, I always pack way too much crap. I didn't need almost any of it. The cabin has damn near everything except food. It even had sleeping bags! Not that I'd ever use one! ha...Overall, it's definitely worth doing at least once. It's excellent for people prepping to do Havasupai or who are new to backpacking. We only stayed one night but I wish we would have stayed two. I would have liked to continue onto the peak the following day. The small "drip" of a water source was nice even though it didn't even create a puddle. If it were not present I would give this hike a one star review because one would have to pack in SO much water - it just wouldn't be worth that. Or I would only do it as a day hike if there were no water, anyway. PS. GPS told us it was 5.5 up and the same for the way back. I don't think 5.1 miles one way is accurate.

Beautiful hike and really good for dogs and if you’re looking for some isolation. The gravel is really killer, especially on the way down.

hiking
3 months ago

nice accent to the top. never had issues with the trail, the orange and white markers were helpful. a good challenge on the way up but more going down with the shale. take your time or you will fall! I did this hike early and was first to summit. not too many other hikers on this trail on a Weds. amazing views at the top!

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike. We didn't go all the way to because we brought our small dog. Stopped before the ascent. We definitely plan to do the entire hike--without the dog.

Great hike. Plan 4 hours round-trip, great views of Red rock and Vegas at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Great and challenging hike! The trail is marked so it’s easy to find your way around. Beautiful views at the top!

Not easy! Hardest part was accepting the reality that my calves and lower back were gonna be on fire until I summited the peak. I think my legs went numb actually, and then I couldn’t walk for the rest of the day, but it was perfect weather, had to wear sunscreen, but never got lost and the trail never got too sketchy. Friendly and respectful fellow hikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Pros: The trail had very nice views. The distance was just right for a moderate day hike.
Cons: The terrain was very difficult to navigate. Loose rocks of all different sizes presented a chance to easily roll an ankle.

There are several large boulders at the end of the trail that would be difficult for many people.

This challenging hike was totally worth it!!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view of Vegas and Red Rock Canyon at the peak.

Great hike for early summer. Warm but not hot on 4/26/2018. Moderately strenuous and trail is tough to follow at times. Take your time to enjoy your surroundings and you’ll find your way to the top by following orange, white and green spray paint markings.

hiking
3 months ago

Gradual ascent up the canyon for the first couple of miles then stay to the left side of the ravine. Some bouldering but mostly a defined trail until about half way up the ravine then its climbing over a couple of rock outcroppings then back on the trail. If you hustle and don't lose the trail, count less than 2 1/2 hrs.

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