Ascent of Calico Peak on 2009-12-06

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Sunday, December 6, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Calico Peak
    Elevation:4542 ft / 1384 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was great for a "road" hike and I put road in quotes because I'm not sure even the best 4WD drivers could have made it up the lower section of this road. For over a mile it was in a slot canyon, often not much more than a car-width wide. Not only was this picturesque, but it probably also cut down on the traffic - once we passed a party of jeeps, we didn't encounter another soul until we had descended almost back to the slot canyon (there were easier roads bypassing the canyons). In and out of the slot canyon, the multicolored rocks and sands made for nice scenery.

About 1.5 miles before the summit, there was a gate indicating further access was restricted (there is communications equipment at the summit). I promptly ignored it and found a summit register waiting for me at the top. That said, only the party that placed the register about a year prior had signed it. The view from the top was quite impressive with great views in all directions.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2482 ft / 756 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2482 ft / 756 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2432 ft / 741 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2382 ft / 726 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Doran Scenic Dr -> Calico Summit Rd
    Start Trailhead:Calico Rd & Doran Scenic Dr  2160 ft / 658 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2432 ft / 741 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2382 ft / 726 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Calico Summit Rd -> Doran Scenic Dr
    End Trailhead:Calico Rd & Doran Scenic Dr  2160 ft / 658 m
    Time:2 Hours 

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