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Kraft Mountain Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (52)

A great trail with amazing rock formations and plenty of wildlife.


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Map Key

3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

Loop

4,263' 1,299 m

High

3,683' 1,123 m

Low

587' 179 m

Up

586' 179 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Cave · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the trailhead in Calico Basin, there is a well-marked route that takes you around Kraft Mountain in the La Madre Wilderness. There are some spots where you need to use your arms to lift your body around large boulders. The trail is easy to follow for the most part. Big horn sheep are commonly seen in the early mornings and evenings on the back side of Kraft Mountain. There are lots of areas to boulder if you're looking to do a bit of rock climbing. IF going in CCW direction it is easy to miss the hairpin turn at about the half way point that climbs up and over the mountain.

Flora & Fauna

Several different wildflowers. I also came across a herd of big horn sheep, lots of birds, and seeing a desert tortoise is common.

Contacts

Shared By:

Rick Anthony with improvements by Nora Velp

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 52 votes

#1

in Calico Basin

#36

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  4.5 from 52 votes
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Trail Rankings

#1

in Calico Basin

#1

in Nevada

#36

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Photos

Foliage on the trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
Beautiful blossoming bushes line the canyon walls.
Oct 24, 2021 near Summerl…, NV
Big Horn Sheep perched on the huge rock.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
Just some unnecessary stemming during our hike
Jan 28, 2019 near Summerl…, NV
Awesome markings on the rocks throughout the trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
The lines and colors are so varied throughout the entire trail.
Nov 26, 2016 near Summerl…, NV

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Current Trail Conditions

All Clear 88 days ago
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Check-Ins

Dec 26, 2022
Mc Li
Nov 20, 2022
Marc Corona
Nov 25, 2021
Lizz Robnett
Oct 18, 2021
Yue Zhou
Got lost and made the bigger loop
Aug 27, 2021
Hannah Wright
3.3mi — 1h 24m
Apr 29, 2021
Kathy S
Fabulous little hike -birds, spring flowers... Suggest clockwise uphill to start. It gets harder once in Gateway Canyon hence the difficulty rating. 4mi — 2h 00m
Apr 8, 2021
Tilman Giese
Feb 13, 2021
Daniel Gaynes