Calico Tanks- Red Rock Canyon- Las Vegas NV

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I do A LOT of research before I hike a trail. May not have mentioned this in any of my posts but I wear corrective knee braces for Osteoarthritis which has turned one knee in and one knee out. UGH…anyway…

My research is an evaluation of the trail. Can I hike it safely by myself WITH knee braces? Will animals and/or Velociraptors try to chase and eat me? Rock scrambling (class 1 or 2- no 3!)? Shade or no shade? Destination (like- is there something cool at the end)?

There is a LOT of information about this trail online but the difficulty is pretty much up in the air. I read everything from- “an easy out and back- my 6 year old did it easily” to ” Strenuous” to “Difficult in spots but otherwise an easy hike.” So basically- I had to assess the situation myself.

ASSESSMENT: If you have a crippling fear of heights (like moi), short legs and wear knee braces- this MAY not be the hike for you. Class 2 Rock Scramble.
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Description: Taken from redrockla.org- This scurry over jumbled sandstone leads to a hidden water pocket and a great view of Las Vegas. Calico Tanks is a great trip for families or those wanting a relatively short introduction to Red Rock Canyon, because this hike combines elements of the prehistory, history, geology, beauty, and fun that makes Red Rock famous.
The Low Down:

2.5 Miles roundtrip

Wear desert appropriate clothing (Layers in the winter, sun protection in the spring) I would suggest that you wear pants to avoid scratches and rock rash.

Hiking Boots or really good sneakers will work. Loose rocks galore!

Sun Block is a must no matter what time of year. Sunglasses and a hat are a good idea.

Cell Service? It’s in and out. I had WiFi too in some places!

WATER, WATER, WATER

Indulge in a snack when you get to your destination.

Only Kid that LISTEN WELL can do this trail.

THERE ARE NO TRASH CANS. PACK IT OUT!

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The information on how they cut the sandstone in the Quarry was really interesting.

My Adventure:
I did this hike on an overcast day- which made it very pleasant. It was an easy walk until you arrived at BOULDER CITY (I mean real boulders, not the actual city). All I have to say about the rock scrambling is that it’s a good thing I’ve been working out my upper body for the past year or my fat-ass would still be stuck in the crevasse that I fell into when I slipped off the boulder. Luckily, no cuts or bruises just rock rash on my butt (sorry, no pics- this is a family website. Ha!)
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Got about .70 miles in and turned around when I saw how steep it was and high I was about to go. No thanks…My footing was already questionable at that point. I sat for a bit and contemplated whether or not to push myself and continue but I surrendered to defeat (and my paralyzing fear of heights) and started back. On the Brightside- It was GORGEOUS!

Photos below:
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My Cairn
My Cairn

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Here I am just in case you forgot what I look like.  48 lbs  thinner since April 2015.
Here I am just in case you forgot what I look like. 48 lbs thinner since April 2015.

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