FIRST CLIMBED WITH WIFE IN '98 ON INITIAL HOUSEHUNT
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 Calico Basin: 1/5/11, 12/7/11(via Grey Cap), 11/20/13 SE Ridge w/MB; 1/13/16, 2/15/16
bike/hike from home 10/18/12
Descended with light of full moon; footing a little slick at night
Climbed with my buddy Wulf. Easy climb, great views of the Spring Mountains, Calico Hills, White Rock area.
Finally got around to this peak. Great views of Red Rock and Las Vegas.
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.
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.
Didn't get too far, already completed an 18 hole round of golf.
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
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.
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
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.
Good views of Vegas and particularly Summerlin
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!!
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.
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.
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.
nice short hike
Try to do this one at least once a month.
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.