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Calico Hills: Adventure Route

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (4)

A short but adventure-filled run through Red Rock Canyon.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

87%

Runnable

4,026' 1,227 m

High

3,859' 1,176 m

Low

230' 70 m

Up

101' 31 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Cave · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Must have a Federal lands pass, or pay an entrance fee.

Need to Know

Restrooms at Calico #1 and Calico #2 parking lots.

Runner Notes

The adventure route is not suited for trail running.

Description

This trail is the counterpart to the Calico Hills Trail which is a nice way to experience the hills from a bit of a distance. The Adventure Route takes you into the heart of the canyon. In this trail you'll have to do a bit of scrambling, and maybe climbing. This is a great way to get up close and personal with the beauty that is this area.

After heading down from the parking lot, you'll see a Y form in the trail. Take a left until you come to another Y; stick to the right. The trail is well worn, and marked with stacked rocks wrapped in chicken wire. Just follow the path(s) as they lead up closer to the hills. Eventually, after skirting the rocks for a while, you'll descend in elevation a bit. Once you are at this point you'll cross into a small canyon. After you emerge from that canyon, you'll follow the creek bed adjacent to the normal trail. Then the trail will split to the right, as the Calico Hills trail heads to the left. For a while there will be a large rock outcropping between the two trails. After that, the trail merges with the normal Calico Hills Trail.

Flora & Fauna

White-Tailed Antelope Ground Squirrels, yucca, chuckwalla lizards, bighorn sheep, Joshua Trees, prickly pears, burros, and quail can all be found in the area.

Contacts

Shared By:

Isaac Bozeman

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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Photos

Navigating the wash.
Apr 23, 2017 near Summerl…, NV
Looking around part of Calico Hills.
Dec 5, 2018 near Summerl…, NV
A hole (or mini arch) in the wall of the canyon.
Dec 5, 2018 near Summerl…, NV
The striations are breathtaking, they also make you hungry for bacon.
Dec 5, 2018 near Summerl…, NV
One of the many canyons that can be found in the Calico Hills.
Dec 5, 2018 near Summerl…, NV
Red Rock Canyon is on the top 10 climbing destinations in the U.S., it is easy to see why.
Dec 5, 2018 near Summerl…, NV

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