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Day Hike: Calico Basin 5-6 peak challenge

  • Nov 3, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Total Distance: ~6 miles round trip
Total Elevation Gain: ~3,500-4,000'
Altitude: 3,800' - 5,000'
Terrain Description: little trail, mostly scrambling off-trail, mostly class 3 with some class 4 scrambling
Approximate Hiking Time: about 6-8 hours

 

We will start from the Kraft Mountain parking lot in Calico Basin to Calico Tanks Peak, then Calico Tanks Peak South passing by Calico Tanks. We will then ascend both Turtlehead Jr/Red Cap peaks followed by New Peak. On the way down from New Peak, we can decide to also include Kraft Mountain or not.

You MUST be in good shape and willing to hike at a steady reasonable pace, but not at a fast pace. This will be a very neat experience and challenge. There will be a lot of ups and downs scrambling. Most of it will be class 3, but some class 4 with a little bit of exposure. Don't consider the class 4 intimidating. Instead consider it as a way to broaden your experience. All the views from these peaks are amazing. I was just at Calico Tanks Peak Friday seeing a pool with Tadpole, Clam, and Fairy Shrimp. I'm hoping that pool will still be there during the hike.

 

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To participate in this outing, you must be a current, paid member of LVMC. You can obtain a membership via this link: http://www.lvmc.org/w.... The fee is $40 per year for a family/roommates or $30 per year for an individual. Please contact your organizer if you have any questions.

If you don't answer the four RSVP questions and you are not listed on the LVMC member roles by one week before the trip, I will remove you from the trip without notice. If you are new to the group and want to try us out without being a member, please email me and describe your experience for permission on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Chris M.

    I finally got around to processing and posting my pictures thanks to this bad weather. Ugh! I'd rather be out doing something. Supposed to be doing Redcap right now with my son.
    http://www.kcmeyer.com/Red_Rock_Canyon_NCA/20131103-Calico_Basin_5_peak_challenge/

    November 23, 2013

  • Harlan S.

    Hey, I get to be annoying because I'm drugged. Here is a comparison of the routes we took on that Sunday:
    http://hwstock.org/calloops.jpg

    I usually like to go the full length of Kraft from east to west, as there is a neat little peaklet along the way. Branch Whitney has put cairns all over Kraft in the last few years, but in reality, with common sense you can pick lots of ways on the peak. There has been a cairned route on the SE side forever -- that's the route the locals use.

    1 · November 5, 2013

    • Chris M.

      Thanks. I'm sure you are out of your mind relaxing at home!

      November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Chris, Thank you for a challenging hike yesterday, when I got at home, all I want was just to go to bed. I had very long good night sleep last night. Everyone, I updated my website, please check it out:
    http://www.kayplaza.com/hike.php

    November 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Harlan, Thanks, I'll change "Redcap West" to "Redcap" and "Redcap" to "Redcap East" on my website.

      November 4, 2013

    • Harlan S.

      People tend to leave smelly stuff in the registers (you probably noticed the food, lotion, etc. in the Calico Tank register), and I'm guessing that animals move them around. The ammo box registers are disappearing from many peaks, possibly due to an interpretation of the Wilderness Act.

      November 5, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Awesome and challenging hike. We did both Calico Tanks Peaks, both Redcaps, and New Peak. Left a registry for Calico Tanks Peak South. I'll have to do this kind of hike again. The hardest scrambling was the route we took to Calico Tanks Peak.

    November 3, 2013

    • Harlan S.

      Too bad you missed the 7 Kraft Mt Peaks.

      1 · November 4, 2013

    • Chris M.

      Ran out of time. Had obligations at home to attend so we didn't do Kraft. I know the route from Calico Tanks Peak to Redcap is better, but we came up a route directly to the peak and then went to the other peak. As a result we weren't in the best position to go directly to Redcap unless we went back to Calico Tanks Peak. The route we took up is different that the one you usually take. Nonetheless, a great experience.

      1 · November 4, 2013

  • laszlo h.

    C'est magnifique...!

    November 3, 2013

  • laszlo h.

    One of the best days of hiking for me ever...many thanks for showing us the way, Chris...!

    November 3, 2013

  • Jennifer

    It was great seeing everyone today! Thanks for everyone's assistance in traversing the more difficult maneuvers. :)

    November 3, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Chris did a fabulous job challenging us today!

    November 3, 2013

  • Jim M.

    It was great fun, Chris! Thanks!

    November 3, 2013

  • Lorraine W.

    sorry, chris, i have to pull the plug on this one. my injured arm is still, well, injured. really going to miss this one!

    October 31, 2013

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