Ascent of Calico Peak on 2013-02-01

Climber: Daryn Dodge

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, February 1, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Calico Peak
    Elevation:4542 ft / 1384 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed Zdon's directions through colorful rock and mud to the TH for Calico Peak. It's a popular area to swill beer and shoot guns. Zdon had his directions wrong for the last part of the drive. The last turns involve a left turn that goes for 2.4 miles. Then there is a right hand turn towards the peak that goes for 0.6 mi. to the gate.

From the gate, it was only 2.4 miles round trip, not the 6 miles r.t. I think Zdon had down in his book. The gate had a "No Trespassing" sign, but there happened to be a worker just leaving who said it's fine to hike up to the summit where there is a radio facility. I hiked up the road to the summit. A register is located behind the structures on the NE side.

I took a more interesting route down straight south off the summit to a saddle, then followed a wash W then SW right back to the road just before the gate.

One steep section of road may need 4WD. Otherwise, OK for high clearance vehicles and brave drivers of passenger cars.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1292 ft / 393 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1292 ft / 393 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1292 ft / 393 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:dirt road to summit radio facility
    Start Trailhead:Gate on dirt road S of peak  3250 ft / 990 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1292 ft / 393 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:S ridge and SW wash
    End Trailhead:3250 ft / 990 m

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