Distance: 4 Miles
Elevation Gain: 1000ft (Branch Whitney's Hiking Las Vegas)
Difficulty: 3.5 out of 10 (Scrambling and elevation gain)
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.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS HIKE
• 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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