Turtlehead Peak is one of the highlights of the Red Rock Canyon in Nevada. When doing the Red Rock Canyon 13-mile scenic drive with two colleagues we decided that once we are there let’s make it big. So we went for the mountain’s summit.
We did this during mid-March so the temperatures where a bit chilly around 10-15 degrees Celsius, but take extra precautions if you do it during the summer heat.
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Before doing the Turtlehead Peak, we did a warm up hike the morning before in Lone Mountain Peak near Las Vegas (great place too btw and amazing views from it).
The hike starts fairly easy and flat for about 2 miles. Then the mountain starts and after that it isn’t an easy hike.
I will let you reconsider if you feel that you don’t have a good physical condition or you are afraid of heights. But I don’t want to discourage you because if you hike it you will get an amazing reward of seeing the whole valley and the Red Rock Canyon from the top.
The trail will lead you all the way up and down, you will see dots and arrow markings painted on the rocks to make it easier for you when picking a route.
Towards the end of the hike going up you can pick between an easier trail or a difficult one, there is a sign pointing which is which (we didn’t see the sign going up but going down 😀 no idea which one we picked going up).
If you have time you can do the hike as slow as you want. Because of time limitation we had the goal to reach the summit by 11am and we did it! We started at 9am and were at the peak by 11am, then back to the parking lot by midday. It took a total of 3 hours; the average round trip lasts between 3.5h-4h.
What to bring?
Camera comes first. Then, I will strongly suggest having sturdy hiking shoes it will definitely help specially going down. It is not impossible to do it with normal sneakers but when descending you will encounter loose rocks that can be slippery and a bit of a pain without proper hiking shoes. Other than these, water of course, you are in a desert after all!
More pictures? Glad you asked:
There is nothing like the sense of accomplishment as when you fight against yourself to wake up early, hike a long distance and climb a peak. Landscape photography means to me much more than just taking a pretty picture, for me is all about the challenge, to go where not too many people dare to go and I must accept, it gets really addicting.
Looking forward to hear about your experience in this hike! Want to share it? Or got any questions? Let me know on a comment below or via Instagram @mercurial_traveler.