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
1991 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.

14 days ago

Very good hike! You can hike around to the easy trail or take the steep trail in front straight up. Bring plenty of water, dont weigh yourself down and wear light colored clothing, shorts sunglasses and hat in the summer time.

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19 days ago

Great hike just minutes from Las Vegas. It's a tough one, but doable, just take your time. At the summit you're rewarded with great views of Red Rock Canyon and Las Vegas. I have full directions on my blog if you want to give it a try: https://hikingguy.com/hiking-trails/las-vegas-hikes/hike-turtlehead-peak-trail/

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1 month ago

Did this trail during 50-60 mph wind gusts! Made it more exciting to say the least. The views are spectacular. Amazing photo opportunities all around.

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2 months ago

Hiked this on a beautiful day in April. Stunning views on your way up to the summit. When you get to the top, you can see the Las Vegas strip. Looks like a little doll's playset.

2 months ago

Great trail. Parking lot is closed but you can park on road and walk around construction. The workers won't bother you and worth the hassle.

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2 months ago

As a veteran hiker/climber this one for some odd reason is my most favorite trail. I wish I didn't live so far away cause I'd definitely would climb it every day .

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2 months ago

One of the hardest trails I've done. I've already hiked it twice and that's about all I can do. However, the summit is definitely work the strenuous hike!

2 months ago

Beautiful but steep and easy to lose the trail. Treacherous at points.

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2 months ago

Great short hike for a Sunday morning. The trail is a bit loose and slick in the middle but nothing that can't be handled. It was not very busy in the morning but got quite busy about mid day. Really nice views and near plenty of other trails.

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2 months ago

Great views and not a ton of people on a Sunday morning. After a mile or so, the trail leaves something to be desired. Some serious effort should be made to build a sustainable trail rather than the maze of paths that have resulted because of the lack of a decent trail. While the area is rock, building a solid, well switchback trail would help keep hikers off their arses and on their feet. The trail is pretty slick with the loose sand and rock.

In general, it appears as no effort has been given to true trail construction beyond the 1st mile. Hopefully this will happen to help both the environs as well as hikers on the trail.

Glad we hiked it, but just hope the trail gets some love in the future.

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2 months ago

This is one of my favorites. It's a shorter hike but definitely a great workout! The first 1 mile or so through the desert is moderate. The last 1 1/2 miles or so are steep going up. The ridge at the end is very steep. The total miles one way is 2.5, which took me about 1 1/2 hours up. Be careful of lots of loose rock and the trail is harder to keep track of towards the top. Overall this is a great hike with great views at the top! You can see a huge portion of the city.

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3 months ago

This trail is pretty intense but has some breath taking views that is rewarding.