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South Calico Ridge T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
South Calico Traverse T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
Elevation: 4,320 ft
GPS: 36.148, -115.427 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: kenr on Feb 10, 2017
Admins: Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen

Description

The south ridge of the Calico Hills runs SE to NW. It has several summits, all about the same elevation 4320ft (1315m).

Courtney Purcell's 2015 print guidebook focuses on bagging one of the middle summits (not sure if it's the highest), and suggests going up either ...
the NorthWest ridge (? perhaps starting from the Pass ?) or ...
the East face (? perhaps starting up from somewhere around Red Springs parking ?).

Branch Whitney's 2015 print guidebook suggests a scrambling traverse from SE to NW which avoids the most difficult sections by going off the ridge at several points.
- - > See the route South Calico Traverse

The other strategy is to attempt to traverse staying as close to the crest of the ridge as possible -- and find the most interesting climbing sections, and touch as many of its summits as possible.
- - > See the route South Calico Ridge

Link-Up? Either of these routes could be followed by climbing the (more difficult) "South gully + ridge" route of Red Book Point, or even a complete traverse of the Red Book Ridge (by then descending the "North gully + ridge" route to the Middle Pass).
RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details

Getting There

- - > "sr" on the map.

Which trailhead depends on which objective in this area. See list of parking areas on the Area description for Calico Peaks

To approach from the east side it makes sense to use the Red Springs parking.
To approach from the west side either the 1st Pull-out or 2nd Pull-out on the Scenic Loop road.

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