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4.6 miles

Elevation Gain

1991 ft

Route Type



Added by Matt Boetcher

Less than 30min from the city, this is a short hike that packs in a good climb. It can get warm, so start early and bring fluids.

This route starts from within Red Rock Canyon State Park. Once through the gate follow the road to the third parking lot/trailhead, look for the sign "sandstone quarry". Be warned - the road is one way, if you pass the lot you will have to drive the full 14 mile loop to get back to the park entrance. So pay attention. From the lot, the trail is well labeled and pretty straightforward. Not far in you will see the first sign for Turtlehead Peak, the trail will veer to the left. Follow this to the summit. Some spots turn into a little bit of a scramble, watch for rocks with white or green paint on them and you will stay on path to the top. This is certainly not an easy hike, almost 2000ft of vertical in less than 2.5mi. So it climbs pretty good, and at some points you'll probably have to use your hands. Take your time if you have to, and stay hydrated. 

My only complaint was the size of the parking lots in the park, and the one way roads. It would be pretty easy to fit in 2-3 hikes in an afternoon, however the lots fill up fast on a busy day. If you get to a lot that is full there is no turning around to go back to the last one, you have to drive all the way through the park and back around the loop. So plan accordingly. 

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