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Kraft Mountain Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (41)

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 41 votes

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in Calico Basin

#45

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  4.5 from 41 votes
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in Calico Basin

#1

in Nevada

#45

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Photos

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
Trail down from the saddle.
Oct 13, 2016 near Summerl…, NV

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Oct 30, 2020
Kimberly Taylor
Sep 13, 2020
Sweston
Clockwise let's you go downstream in the canyon 3.4mi — 1h 04m
Dec 27, 2019
Eugene Fadzeyeu
Aug 17, 2019
Michael B
Awesome trail! Trail is best hiked in the opposite direction indicated in the map. 3.7mi — 1h 40m
Jul 5, 2019
Leonel Jacquez-Bojorquez
3.5mi — 1h 41m
Jun 22, 2019
Tracy Winton
3.7mi — 1h 50m
May 22, 2019
B K
Apr 17, 2019
Mg Shrink
Beautiful. Easy to loose trail in some areas