Met Kathy, Gary, Ron and Juliet in Death Valley for a hike up Fall Canyon. The next day, Kathy, Gary and myself checked out the Badwater area and climbed up a nice canyon from the Artists Palette Road.
Saturday morning. This is at the exit of Titus Canyon. Our hike up Fall Canyon starts here.
We had to hike about half mile to get to the entrance of Fall Canyon.
Ron, Juliet, Gary, Kathy and me, Joe at the mouth of Fall Canyon.
Heading into the canyon.
Big walls with great color near the start of the hike.
Gary by a shallow cave.
Gary was in a climbing mood, we got to do lots of climbing on this trip.
Getting into the first set of narrows.
These narrows were pretty cool, but there are better ones ahead.
Cool looking rock.
Lot of nice rock formations in this canyon.
About 2.5 miles in we came upon this 18' fall. It looked like the end of the line till we found a way around, it was just to slick to climb.
Gary and Kathy on the upper part of the climb to bypass the falls.
Looking back down on Juliet and Ron near the bottom of the climb. The first 20' of the climb was the hardest part.
A view of the falls and the canyon beyond as we climb the bypass route.
This is a view back down the canyon from the highest part of our climb around the falls.
Kathy is standing at the top of the falls while Juliet and Ron make their way down.
Just past the falls we got into some tight norrows with polished walls. The walls had to be over a hundred feet high in this area.
These narrows were about a third of a mile long. This was the best part of the hike.
The group hiking through the narrows.
The floor of the canyon was cover with course gavel. We all wondered how deep it was.
There were a few of these cactus along the way.
Still in the narrows, the temp was nice and cool in here.
It was easy getting a good photo of this tarantula, it was dead.
This is near the end of the narrows. The colors and shapes were great in here.
After hiking 6 miles up the canyon we turned around for the hike out. The canyon opened up on the upper sections and just wasn't as intresting as some of the lower parts.
On the way out we met up with this female big horn sheep. We were able to get within 20 feet of her before she started to move away from us. This is the first time I was able to get within a 100 yards of one of these without it running off, it showed no fear of us.
The sun was getting low as we neared the end of the hike. We got back to the truck just as it got dark.
Sunday we decided to do the "tourist thing". Ron and Juliet went off to check out Scotty's Castle while we started your tour at Bad Water. They are building a broad walk here.
We had to get a photo at the Bad Water sign with the Panamint Mountains.
We hiked out to check out the salt formations. The highest peak is Telescope Peak 11,049'.
Salt formations, some of these were a foot high.
After Bad Water, we headed up this canyon to see the Natural Bridge
A view down the canyon.
Gary and Kathy climbed to the top of the bridge.
Looking through the bridge.
Next we checked out the Devils Golf Course.
Close look at the salt formations.
It wasn't easy walking on this stuff.
This stuff was really sharp, bad place to have a fall. Not only would you get cut, but also get salt in your wounds !!!
On our way to Artists Drive.
This is the canyon at the "Second Dip". After a quick snack of peanut butter and jelly sandwhichs, we hiked up this canyon.
Kathy and Gary start up the canyon.
Looking back out from the start of the canyon.
Three big green rocks. I hiked this canyon last year after doing the Bad Water F-100 hike. It's a lot nicer than I remembered it.
We found a pile of Raven feathers.
Climbing one of the many rock falls in this canyon.