Friday Photos – Red Rock Canyon & Turtlehead Peak

Happy Friday! While I was Las Vegas I decided to hike around Red Rock Canyon and summit Turtlehead Peak. In case you missed it, check out my first Las Vegas hike here.

View of Red Rock Canyon from a car
Headed to Red Rock Canyon – West of Las Vegas
Looking up at turtlehead peak
The peak of Turtlehead poking out at the top

Where to Hike?

As I got my bearings, I didn’t have an agenda in mind on where to hike through the National Park. Furthermore, I didn’t have any water or food with me; a rookie mistake. I saw a trail head sign to Turtlehead peak and decided I would head that direction.

feet hanging off cliff overlooking red rock canyon
Taking a break from the hike

It should be noted that the winds were steady at 35+ mph, making the hike even more interesting.

Looking down from the top of turtlehead peak
Towards the center, you can see the tiny outlines of the cars in the parking lot

Half-Way There

As I stumbled my way higher and higher, I realized I might be in over my head. This was about the HALF-WAY point! In total the trail was 9.2 miles and it was steep with lose rocks and cliffs.

panoramic view of red rock canyon from turtlehead peak
The views were worth the risk

Along the several mile hike to the top, I passed by what I would call experienced hikers. They had plenty of water and proper hiking gear. I had on my trust Nikes, a pullover, sweats and my drone. Their looks provided just the right motivation I needed and a chuckle to ease my unquenchable thirst.

Ammo box and canister full of goods at the summit of turtlehead
At the summit there was a cache of goods

The Summit

Maybe a small stroke of luck, but in the ammo box was a bottle of water and a protein bar! After 4 hours of hiking, gaining 2,000 feet in elevation without any food or water, it was much needed! Thank you to whomever placed it there for a total amateur like me.

Happy Weekend! Go on an adventure. Make some memories. Seek the unScene.

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