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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details
Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN RED ROCKS during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. ***** HUMAN WASTE ***** Human waste is one of the major issues plaguing Red Rocks. The Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council identified this problem years ago and has worked to provide "wag bags" free of charge in several locations (Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor). These bags are designed so that you can pack your waste out - consider bringing one to be part of your kit (just like your rope and shoes and lunch) no matter where you go. Once used, please dispose of them properly (do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas). This project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club
DescriptionInteresting hiking/scrambling approach. Sustained interesting moves through crux gully/slot. To a big summit view. With proportionally not much extra work.
More photos and different details: see the Branch Whitney print guidebook, Hiking Las Vegas, page 75, "Calico Hills II Overlook Route".
From the "Middle Pass" (N36.1581 W115.4368), scramble up about 250 ft NNW, see narrow slot in rocks above left [ photo ]. Scramble (3rd class sustained) 200 ft NW through this to gentler ground (N36.1592 W115.4376).
From here a nice objective is around SW about 200 ft to the South Viewpoint (N36.1585 W115.4380)
Or to reach one of the Calico Peak summits, go about 150 ft NW, then 300 ft N with some scrambling.
Return the same way.
LocationFrom the "Second Pull-Out" parking (N36.1518 W115.4374) on the Red River Scenic Loop road, hike about 300 ft N on trail descending, at junction sharp Right down 130 ft E into wash. Next about 300 ft N without obvious trail, along left (W) side of wash, and NNE 250ft downward into center of wash (N36.1549 W115.4365). Into long uphill with some scrambling sections and sometimes vegetation to avoid, 1000 ft N to reach the "Middle Pass" (N36.1581 W115.4368), with some nice shade.
From Calico Basin parking:
Middle Pass can also be reached from the SE, starting from parking in Calico Basin (outside the Scenic Loop road) -- but much longer, with a little higher difficulty and lots more quantity of scrambling/climbing ...
First up to the "Middle Sand Flat" (GPS lat long approx N36.1577 W115.4354).-.(elevation 4325 ft /1320m), then about 400 ft WNW in a narrow gully.
See directions on the Calico Peaks area description page (under the Pass crossings section).