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Calico Basin

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Calico Basin 


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Location: 36.1565, -115.4254 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Larry DeAngelo, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: M.Morley on Feb 17, 2004
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Description 

Calico Basin has a wide variety of short routes. There is a mixture of trad and sport climbs. Calico Basin is a residential area, so climbers should be careful to avoid disturbing the people who live there. At the time of this writing (2005) there is a good deal of construction going on here, so be prepared to be adaptable as regards parking areas and approach walks.


Getting There 

Drive west on Charleston. About 2 miles before you get to the main scenic loop road, there is a turnoff to the right for Calico Basin. It is clearly marked.


275 Total Routes


['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',91],['2 Stars',122],['1 Star',45],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',24],['5.7',24],['5.8',27],['5.9',43],['5.10',65],['5.11',59],['5.12',27],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',2],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Calico Basin:
Physical Graffiti   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 290'   Riding Hood Wall
Classic Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Red Springs Rock
Valentine's Day   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   Moderate Mecca
Could'nt be Schmooter   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Winter Heat Wall
Big Bad Wolf   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 220'   Riding Hood Wall
Atman   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Yin and Yang Cliff
The Last Calico   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Kraft Crags
The Fox   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   The Fox Area
Yin and Yang   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 40'   Yin and Yang Cliff
Lunatic   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   The Fringe
Caustic Cock   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Cannibal Crag
Mr Choad's Wild Ride   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Sunny and Steep
Winter Heat   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Winter Heat Wall
Sunny and Steep   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Sunny and Steep
Synapse Collapse   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Cannabis Crag
KGB   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Cannabis Crag
Steep Thrills   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Sunny and Steep
Gimme Back My Bullets   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Sunny and Steep
The Prophet   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Alternative Crag
New Wave Hookers   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 40'   Cannibal Crag
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Calico Basin.  <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Calico Basin.
Photo by Blitzo.
C-mon, C-Mon...You got it, you got it! <br /> <br />A Chuckwalla bouldering in Calico Basin.
C-mon, C-Mon...You got it, you got it!

A Chuckwal...
Sport climb at Calico Basin, not sure what the name of the route is, was a 5.8
Sport climb at Calico Basin, not sure what the nam...
These guys can live 100 years and can survive drinking only once per year!  This one was wandering around the Kraft Boulders in June 2004.
These guys can live 100 years and can survive drin...
A sun shower on the Calico hills
A sun shower on the Calico hills
Colorful Banding at Calico Basin, Red Rocks, NV
Colorful Banding at Calico Basin, Red Rocks, NV
Calico Basin at Night
Calico Basin at Night
Calico Basin
Calico Basin
If you are lucky, you might run into one these on the hike in.
If you are lucky, you might run into one these on ...
Calico Hills covered in an early December snow 09
Calico Hills covered in an early December snow 09
Calico at sunset
Calico at sunset
Turtlehead Peak
Turtlehead Peak
Someones monument left high up in the canyon.  Not exactly sure what was going on here?
Someones monument left high up in the canyon. Not...
Red Spring parking Lot.
Red Spring parking Lot.
Calico Hills
Calico Hills
Interpretive sign about rock climbing.
Interpretive sign about rock climbing.
A perch atop the Calico hills
A perch atop the Calico hills
Native Mojave yucca (Yucca shidigera).
Native Mojave yucca (Yucca shidigera).
Calico in the snow
Calico in the snow
Wetland boardwalk with native Arizona ash trees (Fraxinus velutina).
Wetland boardwalk with native Arizona ash trees (F...
Hiking out of Sunny and Steep overlooking Kraft Boulders Dec 8th 2011. <br />
Hiking out of Sunny and Steep overlooking Kraft Bo...
Wetland boardwalk and surrounding area.
Wetland boardwalk and surrounding area.
Are those ninjas or federally commissioned spies? Or contestants from America's Got Talent?  <br /> <br />And why is Calico often cold when you want it to be warm, and hot when you want it to be not?
Are those ninjas or federally commissioned spies? ...
Side Effects on the back side of red springs
Side Effects on the back side of red springs
Calico Basin
Calico Basin
The petrified dunes, Calico Hills. Photo: Bob Horan Collection.
The petrified dunes, Calico Hills. Photo: Bob Hora...
Sun going down at Calico Basin, route unknown, grade 5.8
Sun going down at Calico Basin, route unknown, gra...
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