Death Valley Natl. Pk: Funeral Pk, Slit Canyon, and Big Dune. Dec 21-22, 2020

John Morrow

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Was nearing the end of my annual fall Mojave Desert Trip so I wanted to finish up with a summit or two, a slot canyon, and a sand dune.

Dec 21: Camped back at the Dublin Hills and drove the Greenwater Road to the pull out area for Funeral Peak. Typical day as everyone has up the edge of the east slope. As a variation to make an easy loop I descended the north slope of Funeral to the saddle divide of Sheep Canyon and Greenwater. Had concerns of tough footing but it was practically like a sand dune; easy plunge stepping on fine soft pebbles/gravels. Then an easy wash back through the shallow little basalt canyon and back to the TH.
Only real note is I didn't find the petroglyphs! And none were to be found in the canyon, which surprised me a bit.



Gentle east ridge
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Sheep Canyon to Death Valley
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Back towards Greenwater Valley
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Nice little basaltic canyon
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Dec 22: Camped at Hole in the Wall for an early start up Slit Canyon. After enjoying the narrow canyon and scrambly bypasses I had the goal of a summit overlooking Echo and "Rockfall" Canyons, Peak 5330'. Choosing the correct branches as the upper Slit Canyon wash divides again and agian and I found my way to a great overlook.



Hole in the Wall
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The narrows
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The Slit
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I take left fork
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My goal Peak 5330'; over Echo
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Furnace Creek far below
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returning
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difficult looking peak 5110';
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idyllic scene
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late day color
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back out
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Many more pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/23557848@N03/albums/72157719240218756

Dec 23: Overnight predicted winds concerned me so I moved camp against the wash wall lower in the Hole in the Wall wash road. And did it blow. Wind continued through the morning and I thought it'd be a good time for Mesquite Dunes, when I remembered about the Big Dune south of Beatty. What a chance to erase the thousands of OHV tracks normally scribbled across the slopes. And it did not disappoint! A nice way to spend Birthday #55.



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I love Dunes!!!

Many more pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/23557848@N03/albums/72157719235516113
 

Reef&Ruins

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Those sand dune pictures are awesome! I love sand dunes as well.
 
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