Type: Trad, 300 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: kenr on Jun 7, 2017
Admins: Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen

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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


Interesting hiking/scrambling approach. Sustained interesting moves through crux gully/slot. To a big summit view. With proportionally not much extra work - [ see GPS track on Map ].

More photos and different details: see the Branch Whitney print guidebook, Hiking Las Vegas, page 75, "Calico Hills II Overlook Route".

From the Frostie Shack Pass (N36.1581 W115.4368), scramble up about 250 ft NNW, see narrow slot in rocks above left [ photo ]. Scramble (some 4th class moves, or at least sustained exposed 3rd class) 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 Calico 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.


- - > GPS track for approach+route: View + download Map on this page CampToCamp

From 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 Frostie Shack Pass (N36.1581 W115.4368), with some nice shade. Hot sunny day, stop inside for a refreshing drink (but bring your own ice).

From Calico Basin parking:
Frostie Shack 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).


No fixed hardware for anchor or intermediate protection.

Protection for trad leading is unknown.