Death Valley NP Black Mountains and beyond Hiking Dec 19-20, 2020

John Morrow

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A bit late, but I remembered that I forgot to finish my winter desert trip reports!

View from camp below the Dublin Hills at the end of a very windy stormy day.



Sunset in camp Hwy 178
by John Morrow, on Flickr


Cold front came through overnight sending me sightseeing to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.



Point of Rocks Spring
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Afterwards, it got warm enough to scramble High Peak 4037' west of Pahrump, NV.



Stewart Valley Depression
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Ash Meadows Range
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After a rest in Pahrump, I headed back into the Park for an evening walk up Shoreline Butte in the Valley floor.


Ashford Peak at sunset
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One of my favorite camps, when the wind is still, is the Virgin Spring Trailhead access road. A fox visited me.


Curious (or hungry) Kit Fox
by John Morrow, on Flickr

Fabulous Virgin Spring Canyon/Lower Trail/Desert Hound Peak 4472'/Desert Hound Trail/Virgin Spring Loop!!!!!

See Digonnet for this one. It is a long day but to have so much scenic trail hiking is a real treat. Scenery, history, geology, in diverse abundance. As far as trails go, this one, and a loop of Keene Mine Trail/Keene Canyon may be my favorite two in the Park thus far!


First, up the Virgin Spring Canyon to the mine at the spring:



Desert Hound Peak
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colorful
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Virgin Spring
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Then up the "Lower Trail" to the Desert Hound Mine. The traverse after the initial climb has gotten indistinct. For a trail builder, it'd be a joy to restore!


A miner's walk
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at a divide
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The traverse (looking back)
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Desert Hound Peak ahead!
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Death Valley
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Then onto the Desert Hound Trail making its way back into Upper Virgin Spring Canyon:


Desert Hound Trail now!
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lovely walking
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Trail into Virgin Spring Canyon
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And finally back into the canyon for the loop completion back to the trailhead:


too short but pretty
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Almost back to main Canyon
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Colors of Virgin Spring Canyon
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Nearing the gate at Pt 2142';
by John Morrow, on Flickr


A sunset look NE
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Complete photo set here:


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Digonnet's Awesome Route!
 

Reef&Ruins

Colorado Plateau is calling...
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+1 for Digonnet. Such an excellent guidebook writer.
Awesome Report too.
 
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