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The Turtlehead Peak/Calico Tanks Trails offer some of the best
hiking and views in Red Rock Canyon NCA. The area is extremely
popular, and unique in both geology and views. The Turtlehead Peak
hike is a 5-mile round trip that is listed as strenuous by the BLM.
The "turtle's head" consists of limestone formations that originated
as ocean bottoms. The sandstone formations throughout the area
depict an ancient desert, and some contain 'hollowed out' areas,
(TINAJAS),where water gathers and collects for the area's
wildlife. I have a TINAJA PICTURE coming soon!
The Turtlehead Peak hike has a 2,003-foot vertical gain from the
trailhead at 4,320 feet. Prepare for hiking/scrambling on rough
limestone. Near the summit in winter, always expect icy patches.
The views from this peak are really awesome, and on a clear day
you can make out some of the casinos on the Strip in Las Vegas.
Also, you might want to get an early start to beat the crowds.
(March 16, 2008 - Red Rock Canyon Nat'l Conservation Area, Nevada)