Hedonism and Hiking

By: Joel Blatt + Save to a List

Red Rock Canyon and Spring Mountain Ranch

The National Conservation Area (park fees) includes >30 miles of trails, which you drive through (13-mile-one-way-loop) to access trailheads.  Parking gets crowded; get there early.

Many hikes to choose from, including Turtlehead Peak Trail, which is 4.7 miles and 1,991 feet of elevation.  

Rather than paying fees and entering National Conservation Area, follow road towards Spring Mountain Ranch and find multiple trailheads for Oak Creek and First Creek, for example.  We enjoyed First Creek and scrambled a bit, but did not summit Mount Wilson (maybe next time.)    First Creek and Oak Creek Trail(s) can be connected, as well.  

As you can see, views are awesome.  Parking is on the street.  No fees.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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