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Red Spring Peak
Red Rock Canyon NCA, Nevada
January 26, 2018

For a quick class 2 climb, Red Spring Peak packs a punch: there's hardly a dull moment. And despite being crammed with cliffs and enormous boulders, there's an easy route up and a fun descent down the other side.

We parked at Red Springs in Calico Basin where tourists can follow an 800-metre boardwalk to view the landscape fed by a natural spring. But our eyes were on the steep slope above and the ramp that cuts into it. By climbing this ramp we easily gained the ridge.

Once on the ridge Shin, Dinah and I traversed a short distance south to reach the highest point. Then we backtracked a bit and started down the west slope. Unlike the ascent, the descent required some routefinding. Occasionally we ran into steep drops, but a short search always revealed an easy way down. Eventually we made it down to a wash below. Near the bottom, we found cairns and flagging that suggested we nailed the route.

We were still left getting back to the parking lot on the other side of Red Spring Peak, but this was easy and scenic. We followed the wash south until we came to a trail that climbed out of it. As the trail swung around the south end of the mountain, we took in the impressive boulders that lay scattered on the lower slopes, as well as several groups of technical climbers scaling the red sandstone cliffs above us. The trail climbs over a low ridge before leading back to Red Springs. The entire trip including the drive was so short that Dinah and I were back in the city by noon, in time to book our seats back to Calgary.

KML and GPX Tracks

Red Spring Peak


We gained the ridge using a ramp


We followed a trail almost to the bottom of the ramp


Starting up the ramp


We kept left, close to cliffs


Dinah pulls herself up through boulders


Near the top of the ridge the grade eases and the terrain opens up


Looking back at the parking lot


Lying north, top to bottom, are Damsel Peak, Graycap and Kraft Mountain. The small gray point right of Damsel is Goat Bed Peak.


Nearly on the ridge crest


The red rock behind is Foundation Peak


Shin and Dinah stand on the summit


Starting down the other side


At first route-finding was easy


When we ran into difficult terrain, a search revealed a slot we could descend


I started down


Almost at the bottom of the slot


Continuing our descent


Pausing to figure out our next move


We're headed to the wash below although it's still a ways to go


Almost at the bottom


Looking back as Dinah and Shin come to join me at the bottom


Going down the wash


Phainopepla


We followed the trail around the south end of Red Spring Peak


Here two people are doing a technical climb. Notice the rope. (Mouse over to zoom out.)


The trail climbs a low ridge ...


... before leading back to Red Springs


We completed our hike by walking down the boardwalk


La Madre Mountain 1:24,000 Topo

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