Turtlehead Peak Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1975 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

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.

hiking
1 day ago

Very beautiful trail

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5 days ago

Outstanding view when you reach the top. You might get lost a few times as the trail is iffy in places but there are white dots on the rocks as someone painted them to show you where to go. All in all took about 3.5 hrs. Round trip and would do it again. Lastly make sure to note this is strenuous in places and the hike down is almost harder than the hike up because of loose gravel and rock.

hiking
6 days ago

6 days ago

It is quite the adventure. No switchback, basically straight up. The view is spectacular.

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7 days ago

18 days ago

Steep climb but not dangerous. First half is steep, dusty, sun-exposed, so go early. After the shoulder it is still steep but pleasant. 2hrs to climb and 1 hr descent. Great views of vegas, canyon and beyond.

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19 days ago

19 days ago

fabulous

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24 days ago

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28 days ago

Good elevation gain to mile ratio; it is short and steep, but not challenging descent. Fairly crowded so get there early for parking; you have to drive 13-mile loop via one-way to exit.

28 days ago

For a challenge diverge from the main trail over to the east side of the gullet for a little used barely perceptible trail. I left a bottled water and nut bars up there. Serene at the top and some the best views of the canyon.

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

fantastic trail...

hiking
1 month ago

I have done Turtlehead three times, the third one solo. Great for solo hiking once you know the trail. Not very well marked, especially toward the top, but I’ve taken different ways and never had an issue. Kind of makes it a new hike every time! Take a beer or a snack for the top; there are phenomenal valley views. You’ll definitely want to sit and enjoy it!

1 month ago

Definitely worth the hike for the view as you reach the top! Breathtaking and they updated the marks on the trail.

1 month ago

The view at the top is amazing and you pretty much have it to yourself as not that many completing the hike. Hike is rough, one section very vertical. Not for those with bad knees as coming down challenging. Amazing to see people attempting this with no water. Full sun almost entire route.