Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1600 feet
Hike Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult (Class 3-4 scrambling, elevation gain)
Trail Condition: Scrambling
Hike Type: Out and Back
Red Cap and Turtlehead Jr. are two peaks that are very close together. From each of them you get a great view of the City and the Park. The climb can be tough because it has a lot of scrambling and elevation gain. Along the way there are lots of different types of rocks to see and maybe some wildlife. The normal route to Red Cap and Turtlehead Jr. involves driving along the 13-mile loop to the Sandstone Quarry trail head and then hiking and climbing to the top. It's about 1.5 miles hike with some elevation gain that can get the heart pounding. We won't be going that way.
Instead, we'll be leaving from Calico Basin and hiking up through a part of the canyon that isn't well traveled the top. We'll linger there for a while and then go down towards Sandstone Quarry, follow a trail out to Gateway, and return via Ash Canyon.
Close to the tank, the rocks turn white and then we'll spend some time on the white rocks of Sandstone Quarry before heading up to Red Cap and Turtlehead Jr. Then we'll go down Ash Canyon back towards the trail head. It's going to be a full scramble with very little trail hiking. You'll visit areas that you probably haven't been to and see new rock formations. We named a few "barefoot rock," "batting helmet," "cobra" and "snakehead." There are many different holes and small alcoves to see along the way. We'll always have a view of Calico Basin looking east towards the city.
This is not a hike for beginners. It's all rocks, both up and down. You must be able to lift or pull your body up with your arms and understand some fundamental scrambling skills. It will require the confidence that comes with experience. This hike will have you breathing heavy, so you need to be able to handle it. It's a loop hike, so if you fall out, we will not be back to help you down. You must stay with the group or find your own way back. If I don't know you, then be prepared for me to question you on your abilities and scrambling experience.
TIPS: As always bring plenty of Water and be well hydrated before starting any hike.
CONTACT: Email me through the site, or comment here with any questions. The day of the hike I can be reached on my cell[masked]-2783.
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