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The Calico Hills Loop Exploratory, Patience, and Perseverance Hike

Distance: 4 Miles

Elevation Gain: 1000ft (Branch Whitney's Hiking Las Vegas)

Difficulty: 3.5 out of 10 (Scrambling and elevation gain)

Time: 5hrs

Pace: Slow

Danger Level: Low 

We will scramble up and through Guardian Angel Pass before linking with the wash on the south side of Calico Hills near Calico II parking lot. Then we will loop back around the hills to the parking lot at Red Spring. I will be using Branch Whitney's Hiking Las Vegas as my guide for this hike. I did it once and found it to be pretty easy to follow. But I would still call it exploratory.

The most strenuous part of the hike is the beginning scramble up Guardian Angel. While most of the scrambling is Class 2 and doesn't require too much upper body strength, keep in mind that there's a good amount of elevation gain. It's not a walk in the park. But, the hike does get easier after that :) As we make our way through the wash during the loop back, there will be some awkward bouldering that will require each individual to put his/her posterior to good use (not a problem for me). There's a six foot pour-over we will be negotiating. There's enough hand holds and cheaters rocks and people to help where there shouldn't be any issues.

There should be some great photo ops on this hike.

If you're looking for a fast hike, this isn't the hike for you. If you're okay with a patient, slow hike with breaks and encouragement for those who need it, then please join us.


• Kids with hiking experience okay

• Bring at least 2-3 liters of water

• Bring snacks

• While trekking poles won't be useful for most of the hike. There's a couple of stretches in which they could be helpful. Maybe bring one pole if it can be packed easily.

• Gloves might be helpful

• Shoes with good grip will help a great deal during scramble

• Hat & Sunscreen recommended

Keep your organizers phone number with you in case you have questions.

Mike[masked] (text is best)

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  • Sue SLOW P.

    WONDERFUL pictures of your hike! It is so heartwarming to see everyone having so much fun in such a fantastic place!

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Kassy P.

      Michael and My are fabulous teachers. I hoping to earn many frequent hiker miles with them.

      1 · February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    OMG! The patience (Mike) & perseverance (Kassy) just amazed me! Nice route put together for a quality group. Pleasant surprise to see & scramble with Becky!

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • Kassy P.

      I loved the route today but it was nothing compared to the company. Great weather. I can't wait to see My's pictures.

      1 · February 22, 2014

    • Michael L.

      Nice hiking with you today Kassy!

      February 22, 2014

  • Michael L.

    Greetings . I added some more details to the description and I added a photo of Guardian Angel Pass from the front to illustrate what will be the toughest part of the hike--the beginning scramble. The hike gets easier after that. I also had a change of heart about the use of trekking poles. If you can pack a pole easily during the parts where you don't need it, a single pole could be useful during a couple of parts of the hike

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why didn't you tell me a month ago? I have other things going on. Otherwise I would have joined you guys. Please keep me posted for the next adventure.

    1 · February 20, 2014

  • Sue SLOW P.

    DARN! This sounds so fun! I would go if I didn't already have other plans.

    1 · February 20, 2014

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