Death Valley in January

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We're back home from spending a week in Death Valley: camping, hiking, and enjoying the desert. We did a series of great hikes: Little Bridge Canyon, Willow Creek Canyon, Kaleidoscope Canyon, Corkscrew Canyon, and an attempt at Grapevine Springs. That one was inspired by our trip to Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge. And we walked the road out to Salt Creek (the road is closed--it was heavily damaged during the floods) and were impressed with how much had changed since we were last there. Manly Lake was full of water at Badwater...and the reflections were gorgeous.

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Not only that, but there were plenty of flowers blooming, and almost nobody out hiking. That's a great combination!

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Here's the whole trip report and a link to the photo log: https://www.backpackthesierra.com/post/back-from-the-dead
 
Gorgeous!

Thanks for the report!

I was supposed to head out there to do a photography workshop in the backcountry this month, but with the conditions of the roads, we put it off for a year. Glad to hear the pupfish are doing well!
 
A lot of roads are now open,, although some of the major ones (Titus Canyon, West Side, Emigrant and Wildrose, and the road to Lone Pine) are still closed.

But that seems to have limited the number of visitors, too. There were not many people around.
 
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