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GarfimiNice peak, good climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 24, 2009


Red Rocks are awesome! Turtlehead offers great views of them. Summitted with my bro-in-law. It was a beautiful day. Very nice!
Posted Jan 26, 2009 9:00 pm

kavakFrom Sandstone Quarry  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2008


While visiting CON EXPO in Las Vegas, my wife and I decided to hike this peak. It was also my first time at Red Rocks. This whole area gave me a reason to visit Las Vegas again.
Posted Dec 18, 2008 9:58 am

recastFun & Easy Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2008


Did this climb in the morning before work. Very easy but a lot of fun picking your own route to the top as the trail is not very defined.
Posted Nov 13, 2008 9:08 pm

BradBartick5 X in a day  Sucess!


Training for rim-rim-rim in Grand Canyon. Did TP 5 times non-stop with no sitting in one day to train. Have also done it 3 times in one day. Good little peak- quick elevation gain.
Posted Jul 12, 2008 10:23 pm

odogg0824Fun Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2008


Climbed with my fiance, brother, and sister. There was a lot of "choose your own adventure" on the way up. Virtually no wind at the top and terrific views in all directions. We saw a bighorn sheep on the way down, and had an overall great experience. Total time - 5 hours including 45 mins at the summit.
Posted Jun 12, 2008 6:21 pm

DayHikerJrTrail from Sandstone Quarry  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2008
With Mommy and Daddy. Not yet 9 months old, so Daddy carried me. It was about 50F with rain and wind on the summit, but I didn't cry.
Posted May 27, 2008 4:40 pm

mdoughertyFrom Sandstone Quarry  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2008


Nice day, hiked up the trail with my Dad. Great views at the top.
Posted Apr 24, 2008 3:42 pm

justinjohnsenFirst time at Red Rock  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2008
Had a morning free before I started a work conference in Vegas, so I went up to Turtlehead along the standard trail from Sandstone Quarry. Awesome scenery for a non-desert native.

Spied an inviting drainage leaving Turtlehead's south slopes into a slot canyon on the northwest side of the Calico Hills. It made for a fun descent and return to the car. The solid rock at the bottom of the gully was far preferable to the slippery stuff on the use trails up.
Posted Mar 14, 2008 12:11 am

jimeganTURTLEHEAD PK  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2000



ALSO CLIMBED: 11/2/00 11/15/01(FROM MY HOME IN SUMMERLIN) 11/30/01 2/28/02 12/24/02 4/25/03 3/9/05 2/16/08 1/17/09

from Red Springs: 1/5/11, 12/7/11(via Grey Cap), 11/20/13 SE Ridge w/MB

bike/hike from home 10/18/12
Posted Feb 8, 2008 7:02 am

WyoNativeSummit At Sunset  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2007


Descended with light of full moon; footing a little slick at night
Posted Jan 30, 2008 11:01 pm

Vagabond ManifestoRed Rock Canyon NCA  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2007

Vagabond Manifesto

Climbed with my buddy Wulf. Easy climb, great views of the Spring Mountains, Calico Hills, White Rock area.
Posted Jan 29, 2008 3:45 pm

redsplashman23Turtlehead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2007


Finally got around to this peak. Great views of Red Rock and Las Vegas.
Posted Nov 20, 2007 11:08 pm

135driverOUch.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2007


Did this one on a nice warm day. OUt of shape and that was a painful one, but very worth the summit. In my top 5 favorite summits for sure.
Posted Oct 26, 2007 12:33 am

JBRunyanTakin a break  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2007


Decided to take a break from calculus homework/whiskey drinkin and wanted to get a hike done. This was a good day hike, cool views of Vegas from the top. Fun Scramblin most of the way.
Posted Oct 20, 2007 12:51 am

POLUKOTourist hike
Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2007


Didn't get too far, already completed an 18 hole round of golf.
Posted Aug 28, 2007 6:54 pm

MoapaPkbest by east  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 1998


Many times since-- essentially a quickly-accessed training hike.
The routes from Calico Basin on the SE offer much more challenge and solitude:
Turtlehead by east
Posted May 12, 2007 5:41 pm

Jerry LStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 4, 2007

Jerry L

Posted May 8, 2007 7:14 pm

rlawsonFrom Visitor's Center via Sandstone Quarry  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2007


I hiked this with my 11 year old daughter. We started at 9 a.m. from the Visitor's Center, went through Calico Hills to the Sandstone Quarry and then on to Turtlehead Peak via the standard trail. We hit the summit at 12:30 and were back at the Visitor's Center by 4:00. Perfect weather and surprisingly no crowds to speak of on the mountain. This was my third time on Turtlehead, but it was my daughter's first real mountain.
Posted Mar 26, 2007 10:36 pm

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

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