Death Valley Natl. Pk. Upper Monarch Canyon plus. Dec 1, 2021

John Morrow

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My final day in Death Valley for 2021.

Began the day at Harmony Borax Works. Cottonball Basin was beautiful in the morning.


Harmony Borax Hill
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Cottonball Basin, Death Valley Natl. Park
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I drove to Mile 1.1 on the Chloride Cliff Road where I parked to walk up Peak 5500 in the northern Funderal Mountains. A dull, loose footing ascent but a nice view up top. My plan was then to loop down to Keane Springs and further down Monarch Canyon.


Peak 5000
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Dunes and Death Valley Buttes
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head of Monarch Canyon
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Keane Spring
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Upper Monarch was fun. Once beyond the spring I was able to downclimb past the first tier of the two step drop into lower Monarch. Hopeful that I could complete the canyon via whatever necessary detour, I soon realized that without difficult Class 5 down climbing this was strictly a technical canyon.


deepening Monarch Canyon
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mine at canyon
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bedrock polished
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slot drop (technical)
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my foot at top of falls
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upper tier drop
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And that was that. I made it almost to Winnemuca to crash on a picnic table at Rye patch reservoir for a cold night.

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Reef&Ruins

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IMHO, one of the best things about Death Valley is the old mines.
 
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