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Calico Basin, NV

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NV > Vegas
no permit
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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 3,600 feet
Elevation Gain 340 feet
Accumulated Gain 340 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.13
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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21  2010-10-23 Hikergirl81
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12  2009-03-06 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 7,884
Trips 1,914 map ( 16,193 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  4:24am - 7:01pm
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Red Rock Recluse
by AZLOT69

Overview: On the outskirts of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area lies Calico Basin. It lies outside the fee area and offers some of the finest red and white sandstone cliffs in the park. The red, orange, and tan colored rocks appear surreal and create an environment hard to resist if your interest is hiking, scrambling, bouldering, sport climbing, or traditional (trad) climbing. Having such a broad appeal and located near metropolitan Las Vegas you can assume it will be a busy place on weekends so plan accordingly.

Hike: The Red Spring trailhead offers splendid views of the colorful cliffs and canyons in Calico Basin. The trail starts at the north end of the parking area with an immediate climb in elevation. The trail then hugs the cliffs as it heads toward Calico Spring. Wild horses and burros roam free here and it goes without saying keep an eye out for rattlesnakes. There are several crossings of the creek which has a nominal flow most of the year. Along the way you may be entertained by climbers scaling rock features such as Cannibal Crag, Dickies Cliff, Physical Graffiti, Cowlick Crag, or Gnat Man Crag. The gradual elevation gain brings you to the base of the red sandstone which is just awesome. There are several routes available with no one right or wrong way to go. While sometimes the top is the destination in this case the varied and interesting ways to the top are the interesting part of this trip. The sandstone offers great footing and I'm sure you will be tempted to scramble to your limit exploring all the nooks, crannies, and caves. When you have had your fill, head back the way you came.

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2009-03-06 AZLOT69
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Red Spring Trailhead
    From downtown Las Vegas (or from I 15), drive 15 miles west on Charleston Blvd. Charleston turns into NV SR 159. Turn north off NV SR 159 onto Calico Basin Road. Take Calico Basin Road one mile to the Red Spring trailhead.

    From Las Vegas (I-15 & I-515) 16.1 mi - about 29 mins
    From Reno (I-80 & US 395) 450 mi - about 8 hours 15 mins
    From Wells (I-80 & US 93) 438 mi - about 7 hours 57 mins
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