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Las Vegas, NV: Turtlehead Peak Trail

You’ll climb 2,000 feet in 2 miles on this strenuous hike to Turtlehead Peak where rewarding summit views stretch for miles across the Las Vegas Valley.

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Start early and bring plenty of water on this high-intensity climb that begins near Sandstone Quarry and ascends parched, desert slopes and sandy washes. The first mile is relatively gentle with less than 500 feet of elevation gain—a good warm-up for the rigorous ascent that follows. At 1.6 miles, navigate a steep, rock-strewn ravine that leads to Turtlehead’s saddle (watch your footing on this loose terrain). From here, it’s a final .3-mile push to the summit where you’ll find 360-degree views of Las Vegas, Charleston Peak, and Calico Basin.
Note: The trail is faint at times with unmarked trail junctions.
 
Mapped by Heidi Sackreuter
 

 

To Trailhead

From Las Vegas Blvd. and Charleston Blvd., head W on Charleston Blvd./NV 159 for 15.8 mi. Turn R onto Scenic Dr. In 2.7 mi., bear R onto Sandstone Quarry Rd. Follow .2 mile to lot. Note: Entrance fee is required to enter conservation area.

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