A crazy man, commuting by VRE train and bicycle, his escapades, wanderings, near misses and any other adventures that comes along.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Red Rock Canyon Near Las Vegas, NV
The Harris mid year sales meeting was in Las Vegas. I had a chance to do some hiking in Red Rock Canyon. I was hoping to reach the 6000 foot summit of Turtlehead Mountain. The Sandstone Quarry trailhead parking was at about 4280 feet. The trail map said 5 miles round trip. I managed to reach about 5400 feet but there was no trail and the loose rock and scree was a bit much for these old and out of shape legs.
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A view of Turtle Mountain on the way up.
Turtle Mountain is getting closer.
By the time I got this high, the trail was unmarked and I had to choose left or right around this big knob. I ended up keeping left and only made it to the 5400 foot level. On the way down I saw a group coming down the right side.
Red Rock Canyon is a big rock climbing area. Miles of walls like this one to choose from.