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Foundation Peak
Red Rock Canyon NCA, Nevada
September 21, 2011

Looking for a quick climb, Foundation Peak is as about as brief as you can get. Foundation Peak is the unofficial name for a peak in the Calico Hills.

When Dinah and I started off at 8:30 in the morning, it was already 30°C. From a parking lot in Calico Basin, we walked up the road to the base of the mountain and started up the right side. We easily circumvented boulders and minor cliffs that we encountered; it was a steep hike with some easy scrambling. Taking our time, it took us under an hour to reach the top. Despite being tiny, Foundation Peak packs a lot of charm.

KML and GPX Tracks


Foundation Peak ahead


Desert cottontail


White-tailed antelope squirrel


Starting up


Foundation Peak takes its name from the abandoned building project below.


Bypassing boulders


We went straight up but later learned we could circumvent these boulders by going far left or right.


Almost at the summit


Dinah reaches the summit rock.


Mount Wilson


On top of Foundation Peak


Kraft Mountain


Fascinating rocks near the summit


Dinah finds some shade. Las Vegas in the background.


Western Fence Lizard


La Madre Mountain 1:24,000 Topo (1.2 mi, 4331 ft, 614 ft)

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