Jay, Kathy, Brian, Sooz and Joe(me) at the start of our hike to Corkscrew Peak. It was raining and there were low clouds. We knew Corkscrew Peak was there, we just couldn't see it.
Checking out a cactus near the start of the hike.
Making our way up a small canyon. We didn't know it at the time, but we were going up the wrong canyon at this point
It didn't take long to start over heating. Short break here to adjust clothing.
At this point we knew that we were in the wrong canyon. We could see the right one below. It's a lot harder to find your way when you can't see where you are going.
There were a lot of these along the hike. Must have took 20+ photos of them.
Following a ridge down into the right canyon. We should have been in the big wash below.
We had to climb down these rocks to get down to the wash.
The going was a lot easier when we got on the right path.
We knew that we were in the right canyon, but not sure where to start up to the summit. A short way up from here, we came upon some ducks that marked the way up.
Looking back at Sooz making her way up the ridge that we followed to the summit.
Kathy, Brian and Jay further up the ridge. Corkscrew Peak is up there in the clouds.
We took a short break here to regroup.
Looking south into Death Valley. The weather is starting to clear up.
Kathy and Sooz.
Jay and Brian waiting for us up ahead.
Looking down the ridge we are climbing.
The sun is shining in the valley, we're hoping it clears up by the time we reach the summit.
Another cactus with some cool looking rocks.
We had gained a lot of altitude by this point.
Jay and Brian about to enter the clouds. The trail gets steep at this point.
Kathy at cloud base. One of the guys disappears into the clouds.
Cloud base was at 5,000', we have 800' more till we reach the summit.
Sooz with a great view behind her.
Making our way through a rocky section.
There was a little snow on the ground as we neared the summit.
Almost there. The temp must have dropped by 20 degrees when we entered the clouds.
Jay standing on the summit as we approach.
Kathy with the summit register.
Brian, Kathy, Sooz, Joe and Jay on Corkscrew Peak 5,804'. We didn't have a view, but it still was a great feeling standing on the summit.
The summit register with our entree.
There was a corkscrew in the register box.
Starting our descent off the peak.
We stopped at "The Hole" for a group shot.
Things were really starting to clear up as we made our way down.
Another valley shot.
Looking back at the peak. If we were just about half hour slower, we would have been on the summit as it cleared, Oh well.
Back in the wash, we stopped here for a short break before heading out. Jay is passing out sugar plums, good stuff.
On the way out we got a look at Corkscrew Peak.
The weather was nice Saturday night.
Jay cooking corn on the campfire.
After dinner we hung out around the fire for a while, we had lots of wood to burn.
We had planed to climb Manly Beacon today, but woke up to rain. The gang at Zabriskie Point, still raining.
I really like this place.
Manly Beacon, the pointy one. We didn't climb it, but we got to look at it.
It rained off and on driving home.
We stopped for a short break in Trona at the rest area.
Getting close to home. Even with the rain I had a great time on this trip. Being with a great group of folks always makes for a good time.