Ascent of Calico Peak on 2020-11-27

Climber: Tom Gathright

Others in Party:Kent and Allison Couch
Date:Friday, November 27, 2020
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Calico Peak
    Elevation:4967 ft / 1513 m

Ascent Trip Report

I talked my friends Kent and Allison into hiking this with me. I studied topo maps and Google Earth and convinced them it would be an easy hike. Well I was wrong! Google Earth really smashed the terrain to make it look less steep and even the topo doesn't truly indicated the depth of the canyons and drops between bumps on ridges. Nonetheless we tried two different canyons, but encountered dry falls that were too much for our dogs; perhaps w/o a pet they could have been negotiated. Then we tried two ridges; the southern ridge was a mess of pebbles on top of dirt making the traction as good as walking on marbles atop concrete. The northern ridge was much better, but it was late and we were getting tired so when it started transitioning to a similar terrain as the south ridge we called it a day.

Would I go back - yes. This is an interesting rocky peak overlooking calico colored hills so I am convinced the views will be worth the effort.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:850 ft / 259 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:850 ft / 259 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.8 km
    Route:Multiple attempts
    Start Trailhead:Paria Cemetery  4117 ft / 1254 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.8 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Tom Gathright
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