Once again, Dinah and I joined Shin and his friends Marianne and Andy to ascend a peak in Red Rock Canyon. Graycap isn't one of the higher peaks in the area but it's no slouch for scenery.
The trip began at Calico Basin and wound its way around the base of Kraft Mountain before going to the top of Graycap. Nor did the trip end there. Shin took us down the other side of Graycap to Brownstone Wash to show us petroglyphs. After the petroglyphs, we climbed over a ridge and made our way back to the trailhead. To us, the route was a maze so we were grateful to have Shin guide us.
After hiking to this point, we dropped down and climbed the white and red rocks ahead
Starting up the white rocks
Going along a ledge
We made our way up boulders
Andy prepares to climb through an opening
On the red rocks
Beautifully carved sandstone
Lots of route-finding
Looking back at Kraft Mountain
A huge rock wall towers above Dinah and Shin. Graycap on the right.
Dinah scrambles up next to the rock wall
Dinah begins traversing a ledge
Shin led us to the twin tanks
The twin tanks below (mouse over) and Graycap above, right
Going around the twin tanks
Almost on the summit of Graycap
Group summit shot: Dinah, Me, Shin, Marianne and Andy
Heading down to the wash from Graycap
Interesting rock before we reached the wash
We passed a cement dam wedged in a little canyon
Shin goes to inspect petroglyphs (mouse over)
On our way back, we climbed over a ridge. Graycap on the left.
More cool rock as we headed back
Ahead we see Redcap aka Turtlehead Jr. in the distance
La Madre Mountain 1:24,000 Topo (6.6 mi, 5436 ft, 1686 ft)
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