Sat, Nov 13, 2021
Starting off around 7a, our first stop was Peak 3,976ft, the closest and least calico-like of the bunch, having the darker varnished rocks instead. It was a short walk up the desert flats, then up the North Ridge which grows progressively rockier. Chris was the first to the summit in about an hour, the rest of us trickling in over the next ten minutes. The air was particularly clear today with fine views across Greenwater Valley and elsewhere in the surrounding ranges. The second, slightly higher Peak 4,074ft was only half a mile to the southwest, connected by a saddle. We left a register at the first summit before heading to the second. The descent held more of the same dark volcanic rocks, not the most pleasant of terrains, but this improved once we started up to Peak 4,074ft. We spent 30min getting between the two peaks. It was atop Peak 4,074ft that Chris and Tom decided to jointly take on the bonus Salsberry Peak, a little over a mile to the south. The terrain was probably the most interesting of the day, but they were only ones feeling up to it.
Having already been to Salsberry, I had plans for other bonus summits after this tour of the Calico Peaks. Iris and Karl had not yet arrived atop Peak 4,074ft when Chris and Tom headed to Salsberry and I took off to the northwest, towards Peak 3,720ft. My route followed the divide between Greenwater Valley to the east and Bradbury Wash to the west, going over an intermediate bump, and taking about 50min to reach the flattish summit of Peak 3,720ft. Out of registers, I continued over the summit with hardly a pause (though I did look for an existing register among the likely places), continuing on the same divide to the Calico Peaks HP, another 70min away. I thought the ascent of the highpoint the best of the day, a nice gradient going up a ridgeline from the south, and descending another one to the northeast and east. The summit held a register left by a Henney/Bartell party in 2011. This summit also made it onto Bartell's Death Valley List, which explains why it had seven pages of entries. The descent was equally pleasant, and I was happy to find the the 2-mile trek across the flats went well, too, mostly with the grain and easy walking. I was back to the vehicles by noon and wasted little time getting back to the highway.
Iris and Karl had gone to the third summit, then headed back to the vehicles. They had seen me arrive there ahead of them, but were too far back for me to hear them before I'd left. Karl decided he'd had enough and was worn out, so headed for home. Iris would wait for Tom and Chris to return from their extended outing.
After returning to the Jeep, I showered and put on some fresh clothes, then back to the highway. I had only another five miles of driving west on SR190 to reach Slabby Acres where we planned to camp for the next two nights. There were a few other vehicles spread out over the large remnants of a defunct trailer park (mostly just concrete slabs), but I was the first of our party to arrive. I found a site away from the other inhabitants and waited for the rest of our group to trickle in over the next hour or so...
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