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Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Turtlehead Peak

Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views

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.

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Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
Summit (view SE towards Las Vegas in afternoon light)
Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
Summit (view SE towards Las Vegas on a cloudy day)
Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
Gateway Canyon and Calico Basin
Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
Blue Diamond Hill and the crest of the Calico Hills
Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
Sandstone Quarry (near), Mt Wilson, nad Mt. Potosi (far)
Turtlehead Peak
Summit (view down and south to Sandstone Quarry)
Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
Red Rock Cliffs (view SW)
Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
Red Rock Cliffs (view SW)
Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
Icebox Canyon
Turtlehead Peak
Summit (view NW with Griffith Peak in the background)
Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
La Madre Mountain (view N)
Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
La Madre Mountain (view N)
Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
La Madre Mountain (view N from ridge near summit)
Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
Brownstone Canyon (view NE)
Turtlehead Peak - Summit Views
La Madre Mountain Range and Las Vegas (view E)
more to come ...

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