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Turtlehead Peak
aka Turtlehead Mountain
Red Rock Canyon NCA, Nevada
April 13, 2009

With an elevation gain of only 600 m over 3.2 km, Turtlehead Mountain is a quick trip with good views of nearby desert peaks. Beginning at Sandstone Quarry, the trail is wide and well-maintained as it crosses the flats, but once it starts to climb, it becomes narrower, rougher and splits into a few trails. The trail leads to a saddle and then ascends the backside of Turtlehead. This last section, from saddle to summit, looked easy but took longer than we expected. Although a popular and easy peak to ascend, we saw few people on the trail. But then it was a cool weekday.

KML and GPX Tracks


Starting up the trail, Turtlehead Mountain ahead


Skyrocket flowers


The good trail doesn't last long


To get a good look at Turtlehead, I scrambled up the sandstone rock on my right


From my perch, I had a good view of Turtlehead Mountain (mouse over)


Looking back


Looking back along the trail


Indian paintbrush


The route leads to the saddle and then runs up the backside of the mountain


There are a few trails but we took one on our right


Looking across the valley toward Bridge Mountain (mouse over)


North Peak lies north of Bridge Mountain (mouse over for a close-up of the summit)


White Rock Spring Peak


Interesting terrain near the saddle


Another view across the valley. Mount Wilson far right.


Ascending from the saddle. El Padre and Madre Mountain.


On our way to the summit


Hiking up the backside we passed an impressive cedar


The view north of Turtlehead Mountain


The colourful Calico Hills in the foreground


The summit


La Madre Mountain 1:24,000 Topo (4.0 mi, 6306 ft, 1991 ft)

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