|Six Scramblers at Pretty Tank|
|Tanks on Calico II Peak Area|
|Climbing up to the West Hills Tank|
|Mike stands above West Hills Tank|
There's alotawata out there folks! More water than we've seen in a lot of years. Six club members parked at Sandstone Quarry Trailhead off of the Red Rock Canyon NCA Scenic Loop and went scrambling. We were out to check the status of the many tinajas (water tanks) sitting in the Northern Calico Hills. Please understand if you are not desert dwellers, seeing water in abundance gives us quite a thrill. Not to mention, it offers good photo opportunities. Today, we saw seventeen tanks of nice size and dimension. There were more but we ran out of energy before we ran out of tanks. It was a morning filled with 4 miles and 4 hours of scrambling. That'll do it! We started out by paying a visit to what I call the West Hills.
|White Rock Hills from Arch Scramble|
|Charlie's first visit Here|
|New Calico Tank Trail Addition|
|Climbing over to start up Sandstone Ridge|
We returned to Limestone Wash and followed it up to an obscure entrance to Arch Canyon. Being very careful ... all day ... of the wet sandstone footing, we hiked out to the arch for a photo. From there, we continued in the same direction and scrambled up to a high point. After a steep drop to the right, an overlook, and a climb up, we decided not to continue to the usual peak. There seemed to be a thin layer of ice in the area. So, we dropped steeply down to the Calico Tanks Trail. Immediately, we crossed the trail and paralleled the flooded trail above. Circling around the usual Trail Tank, we climbed on up to the right turn up toward the plateau. Already, we were running low on reserves so we stopped for a snack. (DST started 5 days ago.) Next, we reached the top of the sandstone ridge to the west of the Calico Tanks Trail that holds many tinajas and Calico II Peak. We spent a lot of time here locating the Large Tank, Pretty Tank, Colon Tank, River Tank, Exclamation Point Tank and Hidden Tank. We bypassed seeing the Asterisk Tank.
|Large Tank not dry Anymore|
|Las Vegas native, Bruce, visits Pretty Tank for First Time|
|River Tank, Exclamation Point Tank,|
Colon Tank, and Hidden Tank
After Hidden Tank, we dropped into the Brushy Descent. Our efforts last year of clipping some of the brush still held and we made the drop without getting scratched up. The log crossing was slippery but we made it all the way over the the Sunken Tank wall. In an effort to reach the Long Pool, we were stopped at the Camp Tank. Bruce was able to get over far enough to take a nice photo of the fantastic tinaja. We returned to the rocky climb up to Calico II tanks and the men continued up to make the peak. All of the Calico II Tanks were full of water. Finally, we began our trip back in the direction of the cars. We dropped down through the Chute ... carefully, due to the wetness. It was a very busy day at the Main Calico Tank. This was Spring Break week. We drew a lot of attention as we emerged from the Chute! We slowly descended to the trail and crossed it to climb up ... again ... to see our last tank of importance, the Shelf Tank. It sits on a shelf above the Calico Tanks Trail, quietly, where few hikers are aware of it.
Stats: 4 miles; 1100' gain; 4.75 hours