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Turtlehead Peak - Hiking Down
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Turtlehead Peak Route
Turtlehead Peak
Hikers departing the summit (view N)

Overview

Turtlehead Peak is fairly difficult hike. The route climbs about 2,000 feet in 2.15 miles, which is steep enough, but the hard part is climbing the 800 vertical-feet in the gully and chute system that leads to the summit ridge in only 0.4 miles. There are unmaintained use-trails all the way to the top. The trail is signed near Sandstone Quarry, so hikers can tell where to start, but the signs end after 0.6 miles. After that, hikers can always tell where to go, but there is a lot of multiple-trailing, and finding the optimal route can be more challenging than might be expected. Even so, the only difficulty in finding a way to the top is in deciding which use-trails to follow, and hikers can always change switch to another use-trail.

Link to map. Link to Main Route or Summit Views.

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Hiker starting down the summit slope (view N)
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Summit slope gets steep (view N)
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More gentle terrain near the summit ridge (view NE)
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More gentle terrain near the summit ridge (view N)
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A bit of steep trail just above summit ridge (view NE)
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Hikers descending main gully (view SW)
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Hikers descending main gully (view S)
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Route drops into left gully (view SW)
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Hikers dropping into left gully (view W)
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Hiker in steepest part of the gully (view SW)
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Hikers in steepest part of the gully (view SW)
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Hiker below steepest part of the gully (view SW)
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Hikers crossing sandstone towards wash (view NW)
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Approaching the trailhead (view S)

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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