Turtlehead Peak

I flew into Las Vegas on 11/10/15 for some residency interviews, and figured I’d take the chance for some hiking while I was there.

I picked up my rental car around noon, and had a few hours to kill before the pre-interview dinner that night. Decided to tackle Turtlehead Peak (6,324′) out in Red Rock Canyon.

Looking up at Turtlehead's summit from the lower slopes

Looking up at Turtlehead’s summit from the lower slopes

Round trip distance was roughly 5 miles, although I accidentally got off-trail for a short while on my way up. It turns out trails through the desert can be tough to follow.

Overlooking the Calico Hills (bottom center)

Overlooking the Calico Hills (bottom center)

Summit view looking south across Red Rock Canyon

Summit view looking south across Red Rock Canyon

Summit view looking east toward Las Vegas

Summit view looking east toward Las Vegas

I made it to the top in 1 hour, with a total round-trip time of 2:02. I was really impressed with Red Rock, and would end up coming back again a few days later…

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