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Areas in 01-Calico Basin

Alternative Crag 1 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Back Forty, The 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Black Wall (aka Happy Acres) 8 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Breakfast Club 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
C.R.D., The 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Cannibal Crag 1 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Coco Crag 3 / 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Cowlick Crag 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Cut Your Teeth Crag 2 / 4 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Dickies Cliff 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Existential Wall 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Family Crag 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Fox Area, The 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Fringe, The 3 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
Gnat Man Crag 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Hide-and-Seek Crag 0 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Kraft Mountain area 51 / 50 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 101
Little Springs Crag 4 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Moderate Mecca 24 / 7 / 11 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
Owl's Den, The 2 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Playground, The 5 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Ranch Hands Crag 1 / 8 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Red Springs Rock 5 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Red Springs Rock Lower Tier (aka Jabba the Hutt Rock) 6 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Reptile Rock 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Riding Hood Wall 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Shit Howdy 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Strategic Arms Wall 2 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Access Issue: RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details

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. Please obey all parking signs. Fines for illegal parking are a hefty $275!

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Classic Climbing Routes at 01-Calico Basin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 740
Physical Graffiti
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 155
Classic Corner
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 100
Could'nt be Schmooter
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 717
Big Bad Wolf
Sport 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 260
Atman
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 177
Cocopuss
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 274
The Fox
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 207
Yin and Yang
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 520
Caustic Cock
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 218
Mr Choad's Wild Ride
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 77
Winter Heat
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 130
Sunny and Steep
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 152
Steep Thrills
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 89
Gimme Back My Bullets
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 69
New Wave Hookers
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Physical Graffiti Riding Hood Wall
 740
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Classic Corner Red Springs Rock
 155
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Could'nt be Schmooter Kraft Mtn area > Winter Heat Wall
 100
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Big Bad Wolf Riding Hood Wall
 717
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 3 pitches
Atman Kraft Mtn area > Yin and Yang Cliff
 260
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Cocopuss Coco Crag
 177
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Fox Fox Area
 274
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Yin and Yang Kraft Mtn area > Yin and Yang Cliff
 207
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Caustic Cock Cannibal Crag
 520
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Mr Choad's Wild Ride Kraft Mtn area > Sunny and Steep
 218
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Winter Heat Kraft Mtn area > Winter Heat Wall
 77
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Sunny and Steep Kraft Mtn area > Sunny and Steep
 130
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Steep Thrills Kraft Mtn area > Sunny and Steep
 152
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Gimme Back My Bullets Kraft Mtn area > Sunny and Steep
 89
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
New Wave Hookers Cannibal Crag
 69
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Jeremy Almond
Las Vegas
Jeremy Almond   Las Vegas
Has anyone gotten a parking ticket for parking at the fence in front of Cannibal crag?? Mar 29, 2016
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
Word on the street is that cars are being ticketed for parking in this area as of March 2016. Please contact the Southern Nevada Climbers Coalition if you have any questions or want to help work toward re-opening this area to parking. Mar 29, 2016
Weston L
NEVADASTAN
Weston L   NEVADASTAN
Yes, the BLM was out giving tickets this past Saturday. Rationale is that those parking at the corner were often creating a bit of a cluster so that traffic couldn't go through and also that it impeded SAR, per the BLM ranger.

You can park nearby still and it is a negligible increase to the walk to the crags. Not a huge deal, but be mindful that they aren't playing. Mar 29, 2016
El Duderino
SoCal
El Duderino   SoCal
Parked in the parking area that is between red springs area and kraft area, April 2016. We did not get a parking ticket. However, I can see how some people get tickets. There are parking signs which designate where you can and cannot park. When the road dead ends making a 90 degree right turn (which heads towards Kraft mountain parking) look along the 2 wire fence, a sign with arrow designates where you can begin to park, ending at another sign further down the road (going towards Kraft mountain parking) where you can no longer park beyond that point. Park within the arrows and you will NOT get a ticket.

Our car was gone by sundown, so I don't know if you may get a ticket at night, I am assuming it is best to get to the car in Calico Basin by at least the same time designated by BLM for the parking within scenic loop drive (see main RR page for seasonal BLM parking times). Apr 10, 2016
WillK  
So do the parking signs for Calico Basin explicitly state the specific hours that parking is allowed? Or is it officially prohibited, but they'll let you get away with it as long as you leave by sundown? Nov 16, 2016
Jeremy Almond
Las Vegas
Jeremy Almond   Las Vegas
There are no longer signs there, so people are parking there now with no issues. Mar 16, 2017
Found a woman's north face back pack on the side of the road between the two parking areas after dark around 8pm. If it's your's please name a few things from the inside.
Thanks! Nov 23, 2017

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