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.
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.
An easy dayhike, but don't go here if you want some solitude. Other summit dates: Too many to list or recollect.
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.
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.
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.
A nice little hike. Very crowded on the summit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Always a nice diversion on a Vegas trip.