Turtlehead Peak Trail

HARD 216 reviews

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.

hiking
3 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails to hike in RR next to Ice Box canyon , start early doing summer months it gets hot really early.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Hit the trail at around 0645 this morning. While I definitely think it's earned it's "hard" designation, it wasn't as tough as I thought it was going to be based on previous reviews. Beautiful vistas throughout. Going down was much more treacherous. Easy to lose the trail at times, but also easy to stay parallel and run right back into it again. Over all, fantastic workout and a great hike.

hiking
9 days ago

trail running
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Don't underestimate that this trail is rated as hard. As noted in other reviews, there are many dangerous points and this is not for the novice. You also have to give yourself plenty of time as there is a significant elevation change virtually the entire hike. Bring lots of water, and be prepared to take breaks to catch your breath. It is awesome though! Hard work, but rewarding.

hiking
12 days ago

trailhead is closed but you can still access trail. I have trouble finding the trail on the descent near the saddle. there are a lot of well used sheep trails that are confusing and may lead you to areas that that are dangerously steep. I used GPS to stay on track. the trail is very gravelly and it's easy to slide as you climb, which is typical around here in Vegas. a good workout with a nice view from the top, the rest of the trail is somewhat boring just leading up to the ascent through the desert and a wash.

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19 days ago

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1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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/

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
3 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.

3 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.

3 months ago

3 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 .

hiking
3 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!