This will be a moderate paced hike up around and past the west side of Kraft Mountain on an indirect scrambling route to the peak and then climbing down the back side of Kraft to Gateway Canyon via another indirect route and return. Exact route will be determined by group experience and whimsy, but this is not a beginners hike. If you have issues with the first obstacle you should opt to turn back.
This route will include more class 3 areas where you will have to use hands and arms to help you climb. Expect a hike of about 3.4 miles with an elevation gain of nearly 1,127 feet to the peak at 4,714 feet. This hike is normally completed in about 3.5 hours, depending on how long we take for breaks or photos.
Hike: Kraft Mountain Up and Over Loop (variation) – Closed loop
Trailhead: End of Sandstone Drive - unmarked
Distance: 3.4 miles
Elevation gain: 1,274 feet
Elevation peak: 4,714 feet
Time: 3 1/2 hours
Danger level: 3
You will need at least 2-3 liters of water in warm weather, snacks/lunch for the peak, sunscreen, hat/sunglasses, extra layers (depending on weather,) etc.
Please be aware that your Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park/BLM rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone.
You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death.
The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests.
By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.
I try to always carry a Spot GEN3 emergency notification device on my hikes to get help in the shortest amount of time in the event of any emergency requiring SAR or medical help, even without cell or data cell phone coverage. I request that each hiker carry emergency instructions with them on each hike. This information should be easy to find in their packs and include their name, emergency contact person(s) and phone numbers and maybe even primary care physician and pertinent medical info like prescription medications being taken, allergies, etc.