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Kraft Mountain Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (46)

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 46 votes

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in Calico Basin

#42

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in Calico Basin

#1

in Nevada

#42

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Foliage on the trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
Just some unnecessary stemming during our hike
Jan 28, 2019 near Summerl…, NV
Big Horn Sheep perched on the huge rock.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
Awesome markings on the rocks throughout the trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
Waves of color in the rock.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV
So - friction, right??
May 4, 2021 near Summerl…, NV

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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
Feb 13, 2021
Daniel Gaynes
Dec 29, 2020
Kimberly Sacco
Dec 25, 2020
Neil He
Nov 5, 2020
Michael Foy
Good hike did it at dusk, bad idea for our time on trail lots of split offs and we went the wrong way a couple times, great trail beautiful views 3.3mi
Oct 30, 2020
Kimberly Taylor
Sep 13, 2020
Sweston
Clockwise let's you go downstream in the canyon 3.4mi — 1h 04m