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Graycap
aka Gray Cap Peak

Red Rock Canyon NCA, Nevada
April 27, 2010

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 route 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.

KML and GPX Tracks
Shin's Photos



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


Scrambling up


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


Flowering cactus


Group summit shot: Dinah, Me, Shin, Marianne and Andy


Heading down to the wash from Graycap


Looking back


Interesting rock before we reached the wash


We passed a cement dam wedged in a little canyon


Shin goes to inspect petroglyphs (mouse over)


More petroglyphs


On our way back, we climbed over a ridge. Graycap on the left.


More cool rock as we headed back


Black Swallowtail


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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