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tdoughtyway back  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2008


summited someday in my younger days
Posted Jan 26, 2015 8:01 pm

DieselFun half day hike outside Vegas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2011


Nice hike in the baking sun. I love this hike. Worth spending the day outside Vegas. Red Rock Canyon is beautiful and the visitor's center is fun to visit.
Posted Jul 22, 2014 10:30 pm

naderTurtlehead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2013


Wonderful day with fresh snow on top, see trip report.
Posted Jan 17, 2014 9:30 pm

RaymondShevskyWhere it all started  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2008


First time of many was via the class 2 tourist route from the Sandstone Quarry pullout. The best route is from Calico Basin, ascending Brownstone Canyon and gaining the main ridge from the back. Probably the most visited peak in the Las Vegas area, but I'll always have a soft spot for Turtlehead as it was my first U.S. summit.
Posted Dec 19, 2013 2:16 pm

bradhannonGreat Trail Run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007
This was a regular for me when I lived in Vegas
Posted Mar 14, 2013 1:49 pm

jdmorehouseShort but steep  Sucess!


I climbed this one day in February, 2003. I don't remember the date. A nice, warm day.
Posted Mar 13, 2013 1:50 pm

mylesNice day out  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2013


Stole away during a work trip to Vegas for this nice hike. Sleet, snow, high winds and sun made for a fine day out. Someone posting here called it "boring" ..: well, it ain't technical but said person's a fucking philistine.
Posted Feb 2, 2013 11:44 pm

Tracyfrom Sandstone Quarry  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 11, 2013


Hiked this one with John Tennert on a beautiful crisp winter day (temps right around freezing).
Posted Jan 12, 2013 3:09 am

WOLFrisingIntro to RRCNCA  Sucess!


Winter 2013

Climbed solo via the trail and descended via the West Gully route. There is a fun contrast between the wilderness and the city from the top!
Posted Jan 6, 2013 12:03 am

Steve625View  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2012


View across Red Rock is stunning
Posted Nov 7, 2012 6:43 pm

WalkoutnowNice getaway  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2012


Cool little hike and getaway from the strip. Can even pick your own trail for a bit of scrambling up the wash. Been to vegas many times and never ventured out there, definitely worth it!
Posted Aug 6, 2012 6:58 pm

RuvichaBeats the Strip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2009


Tired of the Strip? Head to Red Rock Canyon NCA, go up Turtlehead, look down on Las Vegas and smile, knowing you're in a better place.
Posted Apr 8, 2012 9:12 pm

montanachrisThe best part of my trip to Vegas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2012


The contrast of terrain to my home in the Southern Appalachians was very refreshing...I only wish that I could've hit up a couple more summits in the area.
Posted Mar 19, 2012 11:41 pm

milbucksfansFirst peak!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2011
My wife and I made this our very first mountain hike and our first peak as well. Got a bit lost on the descent but still an extraordinary day!
Posted Feb 21, 2012 10:57 pm

jonnollJog up Turtlehead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 3, 2010
Jogged up to the top and ran back down.
Posted Feb 11, 2012 12:16 am

philadendronFun and great views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2006


Nice scramble up the wash to the ridge. Great views.

Again on 1/7/08, with dramatic clouds and snow at the top.

Again on 6/11/10, with my sister to "welcome" her new husband to Vegas.

Again in 2012 with some friends.

Again on 11/15/14 as part of loop of Red Cap, Grey Cap, and Turtlehead. I approached Turtlehead from Brownstone Basin and slogged up the back to reach the summit.

Again on 11/22/14 as part of a loop of Red Cap and Turtlehead.
Posted Feb 6, 2012 2:44 pm

byatesStuck in Vegas, found someything to do.   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 14, 2011


Snowed the day before, about 4" near the summit, nice little hike when needing a hike while stuck in a hellhole like Vegas.
Posted Dec 14, 2011 11:43 pm

EKassanIt's a summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2005


How sad that this is the only peak in Red Rock with an official trail to the summit ... it also happens to be one of the most boring.
Posted Dec 5, 2011 11:19 pm

LincolnBXmas escape  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 24, 2010


Escaped for the morning from Christmas with the in-laws in Vegas. Nice hike -- apparently the only non-technical peak in Red Rock so sees a lot of use. Tried scrambling up First Canyon a few days later but got stuck near the top.
Posted Dec 3, 2011 9:32 am

jtellisFirst of two peaks on the day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2011


I got a late start on the day, as it was almost noon when I began. When I saw the amount of cars at the parking area (nearly the entire lot was full) I almost turned around...but I'm glad I didn't. While I didn't get a chance to enjoy solitude, it seems that more than 90% of people barely make it beyond the first hundred yards of the trailhead. I passed less than a dozen people on the way up, and even had the summit to myself for about 20 minutes before a couple more people joined me. Great views in all directions -- and, unlike the view from (most of) the Springs, I had a clear view of Lake Mead. One or two short sections of fun, easy scrambling and worth the trip. I'm sure it's best enjoyed midweek, early in the morning (I don't think you could pay me to do this on a weekend). Up in 1 hr. 15 min. and down in 45 min., then off to White Rock Spring Peak.
Posted Oct 28, 2011 10:57 am

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