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Turtlehead MountainVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking5.50 Miles 2,231 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   2.08 mph
2,231 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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I went to Vegas to hike up to Charleston Peak, and decided to hike Turtlehead the day before doing Charleston.

This is a short but steep hike, and the trail is a bit slippery in the last mile or so to the summit.

This turned out to be a fun and scenic hike, and I am glad to have bagged this peak.

The park did not open until 8:00 AM (perhaps due to COVID-19??), so we started a later than I would have liked. Fortunately, there was some cloud clover and there was a bit of a breeze blowing, so it turned out to comfortable weather-wise.

The trail was mostly easy to follow, but as you get closer to the summit there are multiple side paths to choose from. There were some painted dots on rocks, so it wasn't too difficult to stay on course. As we neared the summit, we took a path that looped around to the east in order to make the final ascent less steep. We took the more direct route on the way down. There were nice views at the summit, so we hung out there for a bit.

Shortly before getting back to the TH, we took a short side trip to climb up on some rocks at an old rock quarry, which was kind of fun!

While you might not want to go all the Vegas solely to do this hike, if you are in the area I'd recommend this hike if you are looking for a short but sweet hike!
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