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Kraft Mountain Loop

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 4.5 (38)

A great trail with amazing rock formations and plenty of wildlife.


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Map Key

3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

88%

Runnable

4,263' 1,299 m

High

3,683' 1,123 m

Low

587' 179 m

Up

586' 179 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Cave · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Areas of soft sand and some scrambling in a few areas make this a challenging but possible trail run.

Description

From the trailhead in Calico Basin, there is a well-marked route that takes you around Kraft Mountain in the La Madre Wilderness. There are some spots where you need to use your arms to lift your body around large boulders. The trail is easy to follow for the most part. Big horn sheep are commonly seen in the early mornings and evenings on the back side of Kraft Mountain. There are lots of areas to boulder if you're looking to do a bit of rock climbing. IF going in CCW direction it is easy to miss the hairpin turn at about the half way point that climbs up and over the mountain.

Flora & Fauna

Several different wildflowers. I also came across a herd of big horn sheep, lots of birds, and seeing a desert tortoise is common.

Contacts

Shared By:

Rick Anthony with improvements by Nora Velp

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 38 votes

#1

in Calico Basin

#42

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  4.5 from 38 votes
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Trail Rankings

#1

in Calico Basin

#2

in Nevada

#42

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Photos

Foliage on the trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
Big Horn Sheep perched on the huge rock.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
Awesome markings on the rocks throughout the trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
Waves of color in the rock.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
Kraft Mountain.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
Trail down from the saddle.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV

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Jan 29, 2018
Jason Wheat
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Dec 30, 2017
Joseph Schultz
Dec 14, 2017
Steve Homner
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Apr 26, 2017
Jorge Castro
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Apr 20, 2017
Steve Homner
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