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.
Foundation Peak ahead
White-tailed antelope squirrel
Foundation Peak takes its name from the abandoned building project below.
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.
On top of Foundation Peak
Fascinating rocks near the summit
Dinah finds some shade. Las Vegas in the background.
Western Fence Lizard
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