The first order of business was a visit to the arch hidden within the white sandstone hills behind the quarry. Upon getting there, we took our photos, backtracked a little and climbed over the adjacent sandstone to arrive on the Calico Tanks Trail.
We took our break (which seemed too soon) on top of the peak next to two dry tanks and one with very little water. The view was relaxing and we talked a lot. We promised that someday we would explore the yellow sandstone that we could see below us.
After the break, we headed down the other side of the peak where we had some scrambling and brush encounters. We were working our way northwest on the ridge. Passing a few tanks with very little water left in them, we enjoyed an expansive sandstone shelf. The route continued down off of the end of the shelf and crossed over to the Calico Tanks Trail near the Sitting Hen Rock. Across the way up above, we saw Duck Rock. ... It was a fun morning!
When we got down to Mass Production Wall that junctions with the trail, we took a poll. Who doesn't want to do Red Cap? Hmmm ... well, if you put it that way ....
Our descent route was the regular ascent route for the Red Cap hike.
Having not done the hike in this direction before, there were a few places where we had to stop, look and listen before proceeding. We made it down perfectly with the hardest part being the very steep part as seen to the left. The slot and chute as seen in the two photos below were the last of the descent then we found our way back to the Calico Tanks Trail where we hiked back to our cars.
The totals for this hike: 4 miles, 3.75 hours, 1220 feet of total elevation gain, and, fun, fun, fun!