How do I like to decompress from two busy quarters of writing presentation slides and reading numerous excepts for my classes at the college? Drive down to Las Vegas to meet up with my friend Joelle and then hike in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (click here to see the Visitor Guide and here for a video). This year I’m looking to push myself with more outdoor activity. So, Turtlehead Mountain sounded like the perfect challenge. The trail is only 5 miles round trip, however it has a rather strenuous 2000 feet of elevation gain. Officials rate it as “difficult” in comparison to others that you’ll find there. It is, and many steps reminded me that spending too many hours sitting behind a desk has consequences. Segments of the trail require scrambling and there are even some narrow parts where you feel like you’re walking on a ledge. That said, we made it to the peak in about 2.5 hours where the views were stunning. I felt so good during our descent and can’t wait to plan my next outing after I return to the Tahoe Basin.
Click here to see a better view of the mountain that captures its real size.