Peaks of the Calico Hills

No peak in the Calico Hills has an official name according to USGS maps. Here are most of the major summits, numbered in order according to elevation, highest first. Names given in quotes are my own nicknames for the peaks; names without quotes are established local names.

1-- Red Cap (Turtlehead Junior), 4925'

2-- Calico Tank Peak, 4870'

3-- Point 4850

4-- Unnamed peak about 4760'

5-- Point 4708

6-- Point 4608

Note: Peaks 4987 and 4714, New Peak and Kraft Mountain, respectively, are not considered part of the Calico Hills.

Calico Hills; Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, NV


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Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jun 13, 2011 2:51 pm - Hasn't voted

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That was my assumption since Red Cap is noted by CP as the highpoint and New Peak is higher. I figured him as a pretty good authority. Is that wrong?


MoapaPk - Jun 13, 2011 2:56 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: ??

It doesn't matter. A lot of the locals call them all Calico Hills. The USGS map placements are sort of arbitrary (check where they put Bridge Mountain). In fact, I was just about to delete my comment.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Jun 14, 2011 8:42 am - Hasn't voted

Re: ??

Another reason I personally don't think of New and Kraft as part of the Calico Hills is that they are separated well by a well-defined saddle and by a prominent drainage, and because for the most part, the makeup and colors are much different from the Calico Hills as seen from the overlooks. But that's just a personal distinction.

By the way, if you know of any names for the peaks other than Red Cap and Calico Tank, I would be happy to know them instead of using the nicknames I've stuck to them here.


MoapaPk - Jun 14, 2011 10:49 am - Voted 10/10

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Kraft has been called Kraft for a long time, because the Kraft family lived below, and some signs had that name.

Branch Whitney gave names to the more western parts some time ago, and mainly distinguished names for routes (he started concentrating on the eastern area rather recently (2006)). He used Turtlehead Jr for Red Cap as long ago as 1997 (in his book), but the Sierra Club and "Buffet Boys" called it Red Cap. His group does most of the organized hikes in that area (an explosion of sorts in the last 3 years), and tend to refer to the hike names, rather than the peaks.

Grey Cap is obvious (though gray or grey is used).

No peaks in "Calico Hills" have 300' prominence relative to each other so nobody gets too excited about naming.

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