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


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

jtreeGreat Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2006


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!


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


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


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!


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!


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!


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

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


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!


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!


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


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

JoshRoute Climbed: Standard Trail (1st time), SW Face (2nd time) Date Climbed: 3/11/02  Sucess!


I climbed this peak twice today. The first time was just a morning run up the standard trail.

Half-way through the day, I got an e-mail from John asking if I had ever taken a look at the SW face with climbing in mind. I said, no, and promptly drove out to Red Rocks to have a look.

I bushwacked up to the face and found the left side to be very loose, dirty, and steep, so I hiked around to the right side. This seemed a little better. I followed a short section of 5.easy up to a class 2 ramp. Then I followed the ramp for a few hundred feet to a headwall. I climbed the loose, steep limestone for a couple hundred feet to the summit. This last section was 5.6-ish.

I don't recommend this climb to anyone. There were only a few enjoyable moves and lots of pulling on questionable rock. There's a huge amount of excellent rock at Red Rocks, so don't waste your time on this piece of crap.
Posted Mar 11, 2002 6:33 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: Standard Trail Date Climbed: 1/23/02  Sucess!


Too windy and cold today to climb anything serious, so I ran up Turtlehead instead. When I got down, I did a little bouldering near the Sandstone Quarry parking lot.
Posted Jan 23, 2002 4:02 pm

JohnRoute Climbed: West Gully, Standard Trail Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2001, May 1999  Sucess!


Always a nice diversion on a Vegas trip.
Posted Nov 26, 2001 10:45 am

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