Turtlehead Peak Trail is a 4.7 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
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,991 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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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.

2 days ago

Nice view from the top

4 days ago

Great view at the top. Sicking to the left during the climb and following the trail markers will make the climb easier.

We made the mistake of going to the right and ended up doing a difficult scramble to get the the saddle of the peak.

The registry at the top has some great comments. Definitely worth the effort.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike... definitely some work on the way up and tricky with the loose rocks on the way down. Totally worth it tho and great views all the way through the hike. Perfect weather too.

hiking
15 days ago

I’d maybe give this trail closer to 3.5 stars for navigability. My fiancé and I hiked it on Dec 31st, so it was chilly overall and freezing at the top (some snow and ice, and ferocious winds)! The views are worth the trek and it’s pleasantly challenging (we hike 2-3 times per year and generally stay active otherwise). The majority of the ascent appears fairly well marked, until you get to the backside (east side) of the mountain. Then the orange spray paint markers disappear and it becomes difficult to keep track of the trail. The way down was even worse—the descent is not well marked at all and it felt more difficult to physically see the trail among all the scattered rocks and dirt (plus the sun was low in the sky which made visibility worse). We only lost the trail 1-2 times on the way up, and found our way back fairly easily. We lost the trail somewhat drastically 3-4 times on the way down and had to scramble off trail until we found our way back to the trail. Between the cold temps, the slippery loose rocks, and the ease with which we lost our way, a majority of the descent felt more stressful than fun. But since the canyon is wide open and you’re hiking to the highest peak in the area, it’s easy to navigate overall—you’re in no danger of getting completely lost. It took us 3hrs 15min door to door from the car. We kept a relatively brisk pace and paused occasionally to take photos or drink some water.

16 days ago

Not a trail runner, but attempted this as a trail run. If you use this app to keep on the trail you shouldn’t have any issues, there appears to be several variations that eventually merge back on to the designated trail IF you do get off trail. Follow the pink/red arrow markers on the rocks. It loops up and across the ridge of turtlehead peak. Several other people we met missed this and we thought it was the most fun part! Would do this again. Took us two hours from start to finish.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice hike with an incredible view from the top. It can be easy to get off track if trail markers aren’t followed closely.

Trekking poles recommended to make the way down easier on the knees.

hiking
22 days ago

Good hike that is easy to follow at first but can be tricky to know if your on the right path at times. There are white and green dots that you’ll find, but even if you diverge it seems that you’ll eventually get to where you need to be. Loose rock in places which is little more dangerous on the way down. Great hike overall though!!

27 days ago

Dad and son (Rory) from the Gold Coast Australia did this hike this afternoon (Dec 18th). Yes it is hard in that it is a sustained climb the whole way to the top where the fantastic views are your reward. We pushed the pace and completed the hike in 2 and 1/2 hours as the rest of the family was waiting for us back in Vegas to do the more usual Vegas stuff. We are pretty fit but it hurt going up for sure. No real exposure here and if you really took your time it may rate as moderate as it is quite straight forward. Red Rock Canyon is well worth a visit and a nice break from the filth and fury of the Las Vegas strip!

hiking
27 days ago

Changing scenery. Fun beginning and phenomenal view of Las Vegas. I’m sure view would breathtaking after sundown!

29 days ago

This trail was very challenging. Took me 3 hours to get to the top. At the top was a canister with a notebook filled with names of people who did the trail. Definitely will do this trail again.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike,

1 month ago

A nice hike with wonderful views of Las Vegas and the Red Rock Canyon. I was disappointed in the various trail markers that got confusing and/or over-abundant (too many people marking it up).. I would do this hike again

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail with wonderful views of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon and the La Madre Mountains. A variety of terrain, great views along the way and a terrific endpoint at the peak make this a fun and interesting trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Most challenging hike for me to date. when you get to the top, that's the reward! I felt amazing conquering this lil mountain!

hiking
1 month ago

Path is very well mark. The scramble is well worth it for the view down to Vegas.

1 month ago

This hike is very challenging. There is a ton of scrambling up rocks, loose gravel and steep terrain. Thank plenty of water and use dots that are sprayed on the side of the rocks to get to the ridgeline. Overall, the view is totally worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Short Steep Hike - lots of fun, but bring 30-40% more water than you think you need (We did this in November when it was 80 and still ran out of water on way back). I wouldn't recommend doing this in the summer unless you start before sunrise.

Follow the markings once the trail becomes less clear, they are painted on the rocks. The general path stays low near gully, on the left side. If you are FAR left on that hill, you are off the path. Have fun and take pictures!

hiking
2 months ago

Hike took 4 hours with a half hour stop at the summit. Beautiful views of canyon and strip. We went on a Sunday without much foot traffic once you past the first mile bring plenty of water and a snack

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was tougher than I expected. The trails was difficult to stick with and I think I added at least an extra mile wandering around. It was an interesting and fun scramble though and the view from the top was much better than expected! Don’t forget the sunscreen and water!

2 months ago

The hike was great. Not a lot to see on the way up but the view from the top is magnificent. Lots of loose footing so watch you step

2 months ago

Couple of areas where trail markings were not clear but the payoff....WOW! 360 panorama of the Vegas basin and Red Rock valley. Awesome!!! Worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

One of the nicest views and hikes in the area. Some of the trail isn't well marked, I heard it is now so going back next month to do it again. It's not well shaded so make sure to wear a hat, sunscreen, and water. Parking wasn't abundant so you'll have to wait for a spot or park on the One-Way road around Red Rock Canyon.

hiking
2 months ago

Started at 6:30am and had the place to myself! Took about 3.5 hours total including a 30 min break at the top. Toughest part of the hike is the middle portion...really gets your heart pumping. On the way down, be careful of loose gravel. Even being cautious, I still almost busted my butt a good 5 or 6 times (didn’t have any problems on the way up). Loved this beautiful and challenging hike!

trail running
2 months ago

Good morning hike before work type of trail.. just bring a bottle of water.

hiking
3 months ago

we had great fun, no too difficult, but hard enough and terrific views! absolutely word while!

3 months ago

good views
big workout! A lot of bang 4 the distance!

3 months ago

This is a great hike with amazing 360* views at the summit. Well worth the time and effort.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great hike with beautiful views of Las Vegas and Red Rock Canyon. This hike is in Red Rock Canyon park so there is a $15 admission fee per car. One this trail there are some steep spots with loose gravel/sediment on it, making it dicy in areas. I would recommend trekking poles. Keep an eye out for blue, orange and white dots/arrows to identify the path. There are Many offshoots that will lead you astray.

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike! Not the hardest one ever but still moderately challenging with an incredible view of Las Vegas at the top! If your ever in the area, make this your first stop!

4 months ago

this is a difficult trail with some areas of slippery gravel and rock scrambling. There are a lot of trail markings via spray paint, but still easy to wander off trail in certain spots. Although, heading in the right general direction, any path you pick will get you there. The view of the Valley on one side and the park on the other are worth the journey.

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