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Via the Crow Flies – High and Low
October 13 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm UTC-7
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**Not appropriate for first-time scramblers….technical experience is necessary. **
The below description is the standard route. We will possibly add a few different transitions and a final descent we don’t normally use.
You must indicate that you read the entire hike description by answering the question asked when signing up for the hike.
Sign up is through the wait list.
Helmets are always welcome. Be sure to use one that doesn’t block your sight.
Always care “in case of emergency” numbers with you.
This is a scramble, not a trail hike and is considered Class 3. If you have not scrambled before, this route is not appropriate.
Part of this hike is based on Rick W’s “as the Crow Flies” route.
We’ll start at the Red Springs Picnic area and begin our ascent. Part of the climb contains some areas that require you to push or pull your way up to the top, Not only is the entire Calico Basin at our feet, on a clear day you can see to The Strip and beyond, reminding us that we’re not very far away.
The initial descent will take us to the West side of Red Springs, with a full view of the Park and the 13-mile loop. We’ll traverse below the ridge along a craggy track. There will also be a few climbs and some steep scrambles.
Towards Calico II, we’ll loop back towards Guardian Angel pass, via an alternate “high” route. There are many opportunities to scramble up the sides of rocks and around boulders. Some places require intermediate scrambling skills and there is some exposure. You must be able to pull your body weight up and lower yourself down using your arms.
If we haven’t hiked together or if I can’t determine your scrambling experience from your VegasHikers profile, send me a note with a description of the climbing you’ve done and the people you did it with. This is needed before I can put you on the “going” list.
No guests – everyone must be a member of VegasHikers.
YOU MUST BE ON THE “GOING” LIST IN ORDER TO GO ON THIS HIKE. Cancellations within 60 minutes prior to the hike time will be marked as no-shows.
We’ll meet at the Red Springs (Calico Basin) parking area. To get there go west on Charleston towards the park. The turn to Calico basin is about 2 miles before the park entrance. Turn right and follow the road all the way down to the Red Springs parking lot.
Frequently asked questions. (http://www.meetup.com/VegasHikers/pages/Frequently_Asked_Questions/)
Distance: ~ 3.5 miles loop.
Elevation gain: ~ 1600 ft.
High point: 3344
Low point: 3600
Difficulty: moderate-difficult (elevation gain, distance, class 3 scrambling)
Pace: ~ 1 Miles Per Hour
Time: ~3.5 hours
Bring: At least two liters of water. Snacks.
Please note the following:
• Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being.
• By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. ou further agree that you assume the risk of negligence by the organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant – including you – at any event.
• All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests.
• By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.