Lake Mead Bikepacking/Packrafting


May 31, 2016
In an attempt to gain a little fitness and the fact I had been trying to get out here for awhile, I managed to hit a good weather window.

Abundant rain this season has put the desert in full bloom mode and even where the flowers were absent the ground was covered in green. I saw no one once I got off pavement and I took an extra day at the Gilbert Canyon - James Bay camp to paddle in the narrows area of Lake Mead. Ok, ya got me. I did see a couple boats go by but they were far enough away I couldn't see their captains. So technically, I saw no one.

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John Morrow

May 22, 2015
Judging by the rock art and skyline you did some biking on the jeep roads of the south side of the lake? I feel like I recognize that panel because of the newer superimposed less patinated petroglyph (namesake canyon?) Super cool trip. Don't recognize the dryfall.
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May 31, 2016
Judging by the rock art and skyline you did some biking on the jeep roads of the south side of the lake? I feel like I recognize that panel because of the newer superimposed less patinated petroglyph (namesake canyon?) Super cool trip. Don't recognize the dryfall.
You got it. I recognized your shots as well. There are several small dryfalls, easily climbed both up and down in lower Gilbert Canyon that drops into James Bay.


ephemeral excursionist
Jan 17, 2012
Love seeing more bikepacking trip reports. Thanks for the share.
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