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.
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.
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!
Jogged up to the top and ran back down.
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.
Snowed the day before, about 4" near the summit, nice little hike when needing a hike while stuck in a hellhole like Vegas.
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.
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.
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.
I hiked it twice in April 2001.
This is a favorite hike of mine at Red Rock.
Fun peak, glad to finally have a chance to do this one.
This is a good way to get a quick desert peak to start off a day. Head out real early and beat the crowd.
try walking up this hill on a sunny saturday morning for a meet and greet. LOTS of peoples and dogs.
Good early morning hike to start my day
A little overcast but great views of the end of Southern Red Rocks.
In my opinion, Turtlehead is the outstanding landmark of Red Rock. Maybe that's blasphemy but the fin of a mountain is alluring and visible from most of Las Vegas. It's a steady hike up a wash then a dash to the peak. Near the top I suggest moving toward the South side and observing the almost perfect 90 degree cliff.
Revisiting Vegas, didn't realize how much I missed living here. Climbed Turtlehead with two ex coworkers. Great peak!
After three days of house hunting we finally settled on a place and were able to take advantage of an extra day in Vegas to squeeze in a hike. Great views and a busy trail.
Yup did it