Death Valley Natl. Pk. 6 Days hiking. Nov 14-19, 2021

John Morrow

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My friend Lori has never explored the Mojave Desert. I picked her up at MacCarran with only a first couple days loosely in mind. We ended up never leaving Death Valley National Park for her entire week. She loved gettting to know the place a bit, as we chose to do a wide variety of day hikes rather than backpack.
Here's days 1 and 2:

Sunday Nov. 14. From the airport on Saturday, we shopped for food and fuel and made our way to two nights camping at Wildrose Campground. Our first dayhike was a loop. We hiked the Wildrose Peak Trail to the divide. Then headed southward on the Panamint Crest over Pt 8380 and returned to the charcoal kilns by walking the Mahagony Flat road back.
Delighted to find petroglyphs in random outcrops of limestone.

Wildrose Trail by John Morrow, on Flickr

Calville Ridge by John Morrow, on Flickr

Late afternoon walking by John Morrow, on Flickr

Monday Nov 15th morning we drove early to Lee Flat. From the junction to the Boxcar Cabin? we hiked to Blackrock Well. Then up the canyon through great monzonite boulder landscapes to the top of Point 7046 in the Nelson Mountains for a great early evening view of Saline and Racetrack Valleys. Not a secret that we saw some rock art.

toward Blackrock Well by John Morrow, on Flickr

Blackrock canyon by John Morrow, on Flickr


distant Argus Range by John Morrow, on Flickr


view NE Last Change Range center
by John Morrow, on Flickr

back in the canyons by John Morrow, on Flickr

sunset glow by John Morrow, on Flickr

Inyos in morning light by John Morrow, on Flickr

Nov 16th we did the short hike to Dawrin Falls and relocated camp to Panamint Springs Campground for two nights.
I went above the first falls to the second falls by staying low in the canyon and crossing the stream a couple times. Then I scouted Digonnet's route, higher left looking up canyon, and stayed on that side to the 2nd falls. Some Class 4 scrambling here. Then Lori and it went even higher left looking up canyon to adjacent to near the top of the highest falls.


Darwin Falls lower
by John Morrow, on Flickr


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That's why!
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Darwin Creek by John Morrow, on Flickr

Panamint Springs camp view by John Morrow, on Flickr

Nov 17th we hiked up Surprise Canyon as far as Brewery Spring. Nice polished narrows.

Lower Panamint Dry Lake by John Morrow, on Flickr


headed upcanyon
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great hiking and scrambling
by John Morrow, on Flickr


fun moves
by John Morrow, on Flickr


still climbing
by John Morrow, on Flickr


loving the flora
by John Morrow, on Flickr


last look
by John Morrow, on Flickr


Nov 18th was a bit of a wild card. I really want to explore the area between Cottonwood Canyon and Emigrant bajada more. There is access info on the canyoneer websites: They consider it a subrange of the Cottonwood Mountains calling them the "Princess Bride Range". Kauri and Steve Hall have numbered some of the steep canyons. I used the upcanyon approach for a canyon called Pit of Despair. Poor name for a gorgeous place.
Screenshot 2021-12-11 122618 by John Morrow, on Flickr

I was able to up and down climb Rappels 2 and 3 though the short wall bypass of Rap 3 was Class 5. The entire route of green approach uphill is Class 1 and 2. When the middle of the canyon is reached and the uproute crosses it, simply explore up canyon as far as comfortable.


shady rest
by John Morrow, on Flickr


known as Pit of Despair Canyon
by John Morrow, on Flickr


climbing up canyon
by John Morrow, on Flickr


narrow and rubbly
by John Morrow, on Flickr


nice break spot
by John Morrow, on Flickr


above the canyon
by John Morrow, on Flickr


beautiful water polish
by John Morrow, on Flickr


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On the 19th, after a fine dispersed camp up Hole in the Wall, we opted to see the sites by first walking far out Badwater and finishing up the day at Sidewinder.


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Later in the month I returned for a couple final dayhikes. On this last night we camped at Ibex mtn TH for great views of moon and sun rises and settings.







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Reef&Ruins

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The conglomerate slots are legit! Quite different feeling that the sandstone slots of the Colorado plateau.
 
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