Ascent of Calico Tank Peak on 2014-11-23

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, November 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Calico Tank Peak
    Elevation:4880 ft / 1487 m

Ascent Trip Report

I don't know how some of the others are getting over 1000 feet of gain unless they are doing a lot of off trail scrambling or coming from another direction. From the standard trail up from the parking lot of the sandstone quarry the vertical gain is far below a thousand feet. I did start to head over to Red Book Peak to the east as it appears to be very doable from the east side once you pass the Calico Tank and head down into the red rock sandstone. But nobody was going that far, there were no trails and ample places to get hurt and turned back. I don't mind solo hikes back country bushwhacking but when I am on a tight schedule and flight to catch, I tend to stay conservative and will leave that ascent for another trip. It looked very interesting. I took the climb back to the Tank from the backside and added it to additional gain on the return trip.

There was little water in the "tank" today and few hikers at least on the way up. The term tank is used for landlocked features that hold rainwater in the middle of the sandstone formations and essentially provide a small wetland up in the rocks. By the time I scrambled up the peak, checked out the red peak to the east and came back, there were a lot more hikers in the canyon, many novice that could not find their way and needed a lot of path finding help.

The scramble up this peak was easy. mostly class 2 and 2+ but plenty of class 3 or higher if you want it. I chose a simple safe line that my boots could hold most of the time without needing hands except near the top. The views are outstanding up there! I looked at the other tank peak across from the Tank and realized it does not have such a simply and direct route to the top. Being by myself and short of time, I elected to to head back and save route finding for that peak for another day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:770 ft / 234 m
    Total Elevation Loss:190 ft / 57 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
50 F and windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:605 ft / 184 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 580 ft / 177 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Calico Tank Trail to scamble
    Start Trailhead:Sand stone quarry Parking  4300 ft / 1310 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:165 ft / 50 m
    Gain on way out:165 ft / 50 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:same and then bushwhack to red peak to east
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Nevada LV DayTrips

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Turtlehead Mountain2014-11-23 a2113 ft / 644 m
2Calico Tank Peak2014-11-23 b770 ft / 235 m
3White Rock Spring Peak2014-11-23 c1103 ft / 336 m
Total Trip Gain: 3986 ft / 1215 m    Total Trip Loss: 3406 ft / 1038 m

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