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Anya JingleFrom Sandstone Quarry Trailhead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 18, 2006

Anya Jingle

I only like to do this hike when the mountain is covered in snow or when the temperatures are very cold or preferably both. Mostly because this is the only time (except of course for the summertime when temps exceed 100F) when this peak is not crowded.
Here is the slideshow from our most recent trip up there, enjoy:Turtlehead Peak hike
Posted Jan 20, 2007 9:37 pm

LV HikerFirst Peak of 2007  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2007

LV Hiker


Having finally beaten the cold that's been nagging me lately I decided I was ready for a more challenging hike. I selected Turtlehead Peak.

This peak has been on my to do list for sometime now. Everytime I leave my house in the morning I can see this prominant peak. Now when I see it I can look up there and say to myself "Been there, Done that"

Personally I didn't find this peak too much of a challenge. Sure it was a good workout. But I never once wondered if I was going to be able to make it or not.

It starts out as a flat easy hike as you make your way across the desert to the base of the mountain. It gets steeper and steeper until eventually you're making your way up a steep canyon trying to hit the ridgeline that'll take you to the summit.

Up until we hit the ridgeline the weather was pretty nice. I was hiking with just a t-shirt on and was very comfortable...actually a bit warm at times. The canyon blocked much of the wind.

But once we hit the ridgline the wind really picked up. With the sweat from the exertion of the climb starting to evaporate in the wind it got a bit chilly and i had to put my jacket on.

While making our way to the summit after having gained the ridgeline we did notice little patches of snow here and there. My dog Hobo enjoyed playing in the few patches she could find. She loves the snow. I'll have to take her up to Charelston sometime while there's still lots of snow up there and see how she likes that.

We did run into half a dozen other hikers while making the climb.

The view from the top was a bit hazier then I would have hoped for.
Posted Jan 6, 2007 7:15 am

boisedocGood Vegas views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 1999

boisedoc

Good views of Vegas and particularly Summerlin
Posted Sep 12, 2006 5:24 am

jtreeGreat Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2006

jtree

This short hike offers what I think are some of the best views of the area. The strip and casinos to the East and the Red rock escarpment to the West. Fantastic!!
Posted Jun 26, 2006 9:23 pm

darinchadwickTEVAS  Sucess!

darinchadwick

I forgot my wifes hiking boots back at the hotel, so she sprinted ahead of me in anger wearing her Tevas. As usual, we hiked much faster than normal. The more angry one or both of us is, the faster we reach the summit. It sounds sick but it works for us. She even accepted my apologies on the summit.
Posted May 17, 2006 4:03 am

Bill JirousekFirst time to Red Rocks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2005

Bill Jirousek

In Vegas for a bachelor party, I conviced a few friends to take a side trip to Red Rocks. It was amazing there, I wish I could have spent more time. Turtlehead was a fun climb even in brutal 100 degree weather. I had the summit to myself and I sat there for a while taking in the views. Got off the trail on the way down and the loose ground made for some slipping & sliding.
Posted May 15, 2006 2:50 pm

scvanmBetter than the Strip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 25, 2006

scvanm

I was in Vegas for a conference. Turtlehead sure beet the Strip. Great tune up for 14er's this year. Red Rock Canyon was really cool.
Posted Mar 30, 2006 2:53 am

banjobonchTrail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2006

banjobonch

nice short hike
Posted Mar 6, 2006 2:10 am

MtnTrollRoute Climbed: Standard route Date Climbed: May 1999 (many times since)  Sucess!
Try to do this one at least once a month.
Posted Jan 5, 2006 12:08 am

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2005  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

This was the result of a succession of changed plans for the final day of my southern NV/UT tour. I wanted to do a big loop around Rainbow Mtn/Rainbow Wall/Juniper Pk, but forgot to bring the beta... so I decided to come back in the spring when there's more daylight to do that, and when I don't have to drive back to the Bay Area the same day. The next plan was a loop around Mummy Mtn, Charleston Pk, and Griffith Pk... until I was woken up in my car at the North Loop TH at 3am by howling winds buffeting my vehicle and a thermometer that said 19 degrees outside. Uh, no thanks.



So I headed up to Turtlehead Peak as a shorter, slightly less freezing destination. Lost the trail on the way in, and found a cool little scramble through a narrow wash amongst the Calico Hills (I assume) before heading up to the peak. Surprisingly good summit views considering it's such a minor peak. Get here early to avoid the crowds... I had the trail to myself, but there were dozens of people heading up once I got back to my car.
Posted Nov 28, 2005 10:10 pm

mountaingazelleRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: October 30, 2005  Sucess!

mountaingazelle

This was my first time to Red Rocks. I thought Turtlehead Peak would be a good one to start with. Great view from the top with about a dozen other people there. I saw some other peaks that I would like to climb next time I'm there.
Posted Oct 31, 2005 2:21 pm

SusanMRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: June 26, 2005  Sucess!

SusanM

An easy dayhike, but don't go here if you want some solitude. Other summit dates: Too many to list or recollect.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 7:20 pm

thomascantyRoute Climbed: Sandstone Quarry Date Climbed: May 4, 2005  Sucess!

thomascanty

My second time up the only Nevada peak I've climbed so far. Last time I did it, on Christmas Eve 2003, it was so overcast there was no view from the top (I couldn't even see the quarry below!). I had to go back again to see the view. Next time I'm in Vegas I think I'll give Mount Charleston a try.
Posted Jun 28, 2005 11:43 am

rlawsonRoute Climbed: Standard route Date Climbed: May 2004  Sucess!

rlawson

I hiked the 11 mile "Grand Circle" route around Red Rock Canyon in 3 hours and wasn't tired so I went back to Turtlehead to add it to the day's hike. Glad I did. Fun scramble and the view of the Vegas strip is fantastic. Got a bit off the trail near the summit but it isn't hard to make your own way up.
Posted May 19, 2005 9:11 pm

wwellsRoute Climbed: West Gully Date Climbed: December 24 and 26, 2004  Sucess!

wwells

This is a short but rewarding hike. The views from the top are tremendous! A good workout. There's no way to get lost, but the braided trail allows for some fun "route-finding," particularly toward the top of the gully.
Posted Dec 28, 2004 2:23 am

goscDate Climbed: July 18, 2003  Sucess!

gosc

In the middle of summer, I knew we were asking for punishment, but we did it anyway. It was 100+ deg F at the trailhead and 95 deg F at the summit. Needless to say, we were the only ones on the summit and we ran across a couple of others out there. There was a good breeze at the top but it was like a hair dryer on "hot" blowing in your face. We both had 2 liters of water each when we began and it was all gone by the time we got back to the car. Although it was brutal, it was a nice hike and we got a nice view of Red Rock and Las Vegas.
Posted Jun 11, 2004 2:28 pm

cp0915Date Climbed: 2003  Sucess!

cp0915

A nice little hike. Very crowded on the summit.
Posted Feb 18, 2004 10:07 am

brianhughesfrom Sandstone Quarry Trailhead
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2004

brianhughes

See my Trip Report for more details.

I've climbed this peak four times now. It's a nice place to take visitors when they come to Las Vegas and want a challenging hike but are pressed for time.
Posted Jan 5, 2004 1:18 pm

Day HikerStandard Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2008

Day Hiker

2003 September 14: I like this trail, and it is at an elevation that is comfortable to hike all year. I will be addicted soon.
2003 November 23
2004 May 16
2004 May 18
2004 May 24
2004 September 01
2005 January 23
2005 March 26
2006 May 07
2008 May 25: Hiked with my wife and carried DayHikerJr.
Posted Dec 28, 2003 12:30 am

BranchWhitneyRoute Climbed: west gully Date Climbed: March 22, 2002  Sucess!
A little windy at the top, but Vegas was clear due to the wind. I could see Lake Mead, which normally is hidden by smog.
Posted Mar 24, 2002 11:21 pm

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