Summary: I hike Brownstone Canyon every chance I get, unless it's summer -- much too hot unless you can be finished with your hike by 9 or 10 a.m. Of the many places to explore and enjoy Brownstone, this one is our favorite for a 3 hr. or so hike, especially when we bring lunch and eat it at our "spot" along the ridgeline. I couldn't find this hike described in any guidebook, but the path is very easy to follow if you use the route/bearings described herein. You can follow the foot path W until it runs out; as you begin to steeply climb up to the rugged rocks. There are game & burro paths leading up to the ridgeline, and there is a human path which is becoming more and more popular. Once you reach the top, look for the well worn path leading NW along the ridgeline (away from Turtlehead Peak). Find a nice spot and enjoy the view. We often see hikers following the designated trail from Sandstone Quarry to T. Peak, and more and more hikers combining with this one.
Trailhead: Do NOT attempt to reach this TH by passenger car, or if you're towing anything! You must cross the Red Rock wash and follow a dirt road for 5 miles before reaching the TH. Brownstone Canyon Archaeological District is completely protected & is listed in the Natl Register of Historic Places. Do NOT drive across the desert or follow the many illegal routes made by careless off roaders -- this is sensitive habitat and easily damaged. Head W on Charleston Blvd. (SR159) as if going to Red Rock Canyon NCA. After you pass the concrete detention basin, turn R (N) off the paved road at 36.15328/-115.36615, cross the wash (NOT IF RAINING !!) & follow the main dirt road to the TH at 36.18421/-115.42770. Access is blocked by boulders & fencing. No bikes or off road vehicles allowed in Brownstone Canyon !! Foot or hoof only. The BLM patrols this area regularly & it is critical to respect the rules here !! You can also take dirt road #214 to reach the TH to Brownstone. (Lat:36.18751 Lon:-115.45615)
Trail Guides for Turtlehead Ridge (via Brownstone Basin):
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Red Rock (BLM) ranger at entry to NCA (fee station) 702-515-5350
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kat Green, who has posted 86 other hikes on this site
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