Red Cap (Turtlehead Junior) Climber's Log

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RaymondShevsky - Nov 29, 2021 9:14 am Date Climbed: Nov 28, 2021

Scramble from Calico Basin  Sucess!

Sweet scramble from Calico Basin via gully south of New Peak.


Padiddle - Mar 18, 2020 4:34 pm Date Climbed: Mar 3, 2019

Many routes possible  Sucess!

Done a bunch of times... multiple fun ways to scramble there and down.


RoryKuykendall - Dec 23, 2017 11:51 pm Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2017

White Gully   Sucess!

Stout little peak


tbaranski - Apr 14, 2017 3:51 pm Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2017

Good times  Sucess!

Part of a long meandering route up and down the Calico Hills on a perfect April day. Lots of possible ways up this thing -- I ended up getting "On The Red" via a class-3 route up the SE side.


bechtt - Dec 31, 2016 6:22 pm

Short loop

Went up the west and south route described on this page. Didn't enjoy the class 4 wall but that's part of the deal. Traversed over to Calico Tank PK afterward.


SarahThompson - Nov 30, 2015 3:07 pm Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2015

Fun little peak  Sucess!

Scrambled up this when 65mph winds nixed our climbing plans. Fun route finding and quite scenic. Had to crawl at some points near the top!


philadendron - Nov 15, 2014 7:54 pm Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2014

Part of loop  Sucess!

First stop on a loop of Red Cap, Grey Cap, and Turtlehead. Went up the standard way, then went down a gully on the North side (White Gully??). The gully was a fantastic descent choice. Quick, safe, and direct. I would consider it for a future ascent.

Again on 11/22/14 as part of a shorter, 2 peak day (Turtlehead Jr. and Turtlehead Sr.). Up from Sandstone Quarry, down White Gully, then over to the standard Turtlehead route.

Again on 2/16/15 with a friend in from out of town. This is such a great intro to scrambling route. It's short, interesting, fun, and challenging. Descent via White Gully.

Again on 10/9/16, just a quick trip up to the top, then down White Gully.

Again on 10/29/16, traversing over from N Calico Tanks Peak, then down White Gully. GPS tracks

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Feb 7, 2014 2:27 pm Date Climbed: Feb 5, 2014

From Calico Basin  Sucess!

Went up from Calico Basin, traversed to Calico Tank Peak, and then descended via Ash Canyon. Fun outing that only took 2.5 hours RT, including time spent taking pictures.

This was my sixth time up the peak and the fourth different route I've done on the peak. Always a great little peak.


jdmorehouse - Mar 21, 2013 3:45 pm

In a land long ago, but not so far away  Sucess!

Shortly after I moved here in 1999, I climbed nearly every sandstone formation in the Calico Hills without even knowing their names or what the "routes" were, I just went up them. This was one of them.


Tracy - Oct 20, 2012 10:36 pm Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2012

from Calico Basin  Sucess!

I hiked this one solo on a beautiful fall afternoon while my wife read a book in the vehicle parked in the northwesterly parking area of Calico Basin. It took me 2.25 hours up and back.

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Mar 19, 2012 11:04 pm Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2012

Beware Two Headed Turtle   Sucess!

We ascended from the big red rock area on the Calico tanks trail and ended up due south of the summit. We found a challenging route up southeast of the summit only to find we ascended the slightly smaller east summit. DOH! Down we went, curling around back to the west, where we ascended the class 3-4 crack to the Red Cap area, and went on to the summit. Very fun and scrambling heaven - even in 38 degree weather and a bitter wind.


jmatthys - Oct 22, 2010 9:08 pm Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2007

Many Routes  Sucess!

Have been up many different ways, generally included as a scramble from calico tanks


Vasler - May 16, 2010 3:44 pm Date Climbed: May 3, 2010

Red on the head  Sucess!

Very cool tank at the top. I did some troubleshooting route finding from the NorthEast. It's workable but probably not the best way up.


jimegan - Apr 18, 2009 11:00 am

Red Cap

Several times with Richard, Peter, etc. Nice climb when snow keeps one away from the higher peaks
1-19-11 Climbed from Red Springs with Peter, Doyle and Tom
3/10/13 w/Peter,Harlan,Tom,Judy&Susan

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Apr 17, 2009 10:20 pm

A few times

Several times from Calico Tanks trailhead and once starting at Calico Basin. Fun little peak.
Enjoy one of my slideshows:
Turtlehead Junior from Calico Basin


MoapaPk - Apr 17, 2009 4:13 pm

many ways, most bad  Sucess!

One of the most scenic routes winds a complicated, mainly class 2 path on the N side; goes through a tunnel till you get with 100' (vert) of the top. That's when the fun begins.


cp0915 - Apr 17, 2009 12:38 pm

Several Times

This is always a rewarding short hike/scramble. Awesome views from the top (and along the route).

-1st time: several years ago, solo;
-2nd time: with Mike Cressman (and someone else, I think);
-3rd time: with a group of local hikers;
-4th time: with DB;
-5th time: with DB, Ko and Tyler;
-6th time: with DB and Aron Ralston, as part of a highly enjoyable 3-peak loop.

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