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Saturday 7AM EASY 5-miler - Calico Basin

EASY EXTENDED Hike (3+ hours) - Calico Basin

  • Difficulty Rating: 1½
  • Total Distance: 7km (less than 5 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 250 ft. (minimal)

Current hourly weather forecast - Blue Diamond

NOTE: especially in winter, if possible, check your email or the web site an hour or less before start time for a possible weather-related cancellation.












This hike will start from Red Springs picnic area near the parking lot on the edge of Calico Basin located off Highway 159. The turnoff from H-159 is about one mile before (east of) the Red Rock entrance (see map below). Calico Basin is NOT part of the official Red Rock loop, so you will not pass through any fee gates for this hike. Although considered a relatively "easy" hike with minimal scrambling, it will likely last 3 hours or longer.

Please note that near the mouth of the west canyon, we will be walking over sandstone rock formations. I don't consider this to be scrambling (use of hands not needed) but we do go up and down one short 8 foot high section which could be considered mini-scrambling. This will likely require use of hands and for some, use of a knee. Therefore, for novice hikers, long pants might be best and thin leather hiking gloves might also be a good option to consider.

If in doubt about your hiking ability, a hiking pole is a good idea for greater stability going up and down in a few places. Due to an injured knee, I used one myself until I felt confident that I did not need it.

Please read the entire description for this hike. It's designed for those who are new or returning to hiking with more detail than other hikes.

We’ll start our hike from the picnic area and follow along the base of the hills. This hike is for beginners or those who are not interested in the faster pace or longer distance of other hikes or even for those who are experienced hikers but haven't had time to hit the trail lately and need to ease back into it. The pace will be set by the group. Adults, children age 12+, and well-behaved dogs (on leash) are welcome on this hike. We'll be walking along the base of the red hills.

We'll have several brief stops for water and a snack. We will also spend some time resting at the western turnaround point and later at the northern turnaround point of the hike.

The final leg of the hike will mostly be an easy stroll along two short gravel/paved roads (see brown aerial map, Sandstone Drive) and back toward the Red Springs parking lot.

Those who wish to may also walk the wooden boardwalk loop south of the picnic area either before or after the hike but it is not included in the description.

We will meet directly at the picnic area near the Calico Basin / Red Springs parking lot at 7AM sharp. Those more than 5 minutes late will have to catch up on the trail leading west into the canyon.

Your organizer's phone: Bob at (702).35zero.7zero12

I practice Leave No Trace hiking and ask that you do too. That means no trash left behind...not even orange peels or apple cores. If you have a dog along, be prepared to clean up after it.

Important Things to Know About This Hike:

  1. Bring plenty of water and snacks.
  2. With limited shade, hats, sunglasses, etc. are encouraged.
  3. Feel free to use sticks, poles or  other equipment helpful to you.
  4. Bring your camera. There will be plenty of photo opportunities.
  5. Red Rock rules say dogs must be leashed.
  6. Hiking shoes are preferred but any comfortable closed-toe shoe will do if you're just trying things out to see if you like hiking.
  7. We won't be climbing any big hills or rocks. There are no cliffs and edges to worry about.
  8. You don't have to be a super athlete to do this trail...all you need is a desire to enjoy the outdoors and all that comes with it.
  9. Feel free to call the organizer and ask any questions you might have regarding the hike.

See you on the trail!

Fine print that no one reads: As with any hike, you are responsible for your own safety and well-being. Knowing your limits and proper preparation are key to a successful and enjoyable outing. By signing up for and/or attending this meetup, you acknowledge, accept and agree to the following: Hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and cause serious bodily injury and/or possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members will not be held responsible/liable for the actions of any participant at any event. Each attendee participates at an event at their own risk and is solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests.

NOTE: about the waiting list - members frequently cancel at the last minute so you can usually expect openings to be available by Saturday morning. I seldom have more than 12 actually show up for this hike.


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  • Kelly

    It's been awhile hiking and I'm looking forward to joining.

    April 10, 2013

  • Theresa G.

    Looking forward to it!

    April 8, 2013

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