At Zabriskie Point. Yesterday we hiked to the top of Wildrose Peak, today's plan is to climb Manly Beacon, the pointy one. It was going to be a short hike, but we weren't sure we would be able to make it to the peak.
Zoomed in on the peak. I been to Zabriskie Point many times, the main thing I always remembered about it was Manly Beacon. Really happy that we are about to climb it. We tried it last month, but got rained out.
Group shot at the start of the hike.
Heading off to Manly. The colors here make this one of my favorite areas of Death Valley. The brown formation of the right is Red Cathedral
A sign warning about the dangers of mines. Hope we come across one, I like mines.
Great colors and shapes in the area. I'm starting to love Death Valley.
Getting closer to our goal.
From here we were trying to figure out how to approach the peak. It's a maze of hills between us and the it.
We followed a small side wash off the main canyon. This lead us to a ridge that we could use to get up to the main ridge of Manly
This is where we started up to reach the main ridge that leads to the peak.
Looking down the ridge, this thing is steep. Thats probably why my legs are hurting.
Looking up the ridge and at the peak.
Here we are on Manly's main ridge. We took a break here before the last steep climb to the peak. The hills in this area are unreal.
A view to the west from the main ridge.
I climbed a short way towards the summit to get this shot of the others on the ridge. This ridge may not be a knife egde, but it was really steep on both sides. Red Cathedral in back.
Sooz, Sara and Earnie ready for the climb to the peak.
They are climbing one of the steep sections here. You can't tell by this shot, but the ridge is narrow and it's very steep on both sides.
Group shot on the peak. It was a little scary, but we all made it up.
Looking arcoss the Devils Golf Course to the Panamint Mountains in the distance.
Zoomed in on the Panamint Mountains. Snow capped Telescope Peak 11,049' and Bennett Peak 9,980' on the left and with a little snow is Wildrose 9,064' on the right. We hiked up that one yesterday.
After checking out the view and taking a few photos we started the descent off the peak.
Not only was it steep, but it was hard packed dirt with some loose stuff on it. That made it slippery in places.
One of the locals does a fly by.
It was a little harder coming down than going up, usually is.
Sooz is sitting on the narrowest part of the ridge. This shot shows how steep the sides are. It's a long way down.
This is about two thirds of the way down the climb. Sara was having a good time on this hike.
Sara and Earnie making their way back to the side ridge that will lead us back down to the wash. A took this shot from the top of the side ridge.
Making our way down the side ridge back into the wash. You can see the ridge we climbed to the peak from here.
Sooz and Sarah almost to the wash.
Back down in the main wash. We used the ridge on the right of the peak to climb it.
We found this mine just off the trail. Sooz and Earnie at the mine's entrance. It wasn't very long, this photo was taken from the end of it.
Looking out from inside the mine.
One last look at Manly Beacon. This is one of the best short hikes I have ever done.
Looking down into Golden Canyon from the trail that will take us back to Zabriskie Point.
Almost back to the trailhead. This is the only place on the hike that we saw flowers.
A close up of one of the Desert Sunflowers and a few bugs.
On the way home, Sooz and I stopped at Salt Creek to check out the Pupfish.
We weren't sure that the Pupfish would be there. You can't see them in this shot, but the creek was full of them.
Two colorful Pupfish. The fish were 1 to 2 inches long.
This little male was defending his area against all the other males.
One last Pupfish shot. It must have been mating season for these guys because we saw some fish sex going on.
We saw a few lizards from the broadwalk. This is the only one I could get a shot of.
When we got back to the truck we noticed the creek next to it without the broadwalk. There were fish in it to the point where the water disappeared into the sand.
Pulled over to get some shots of these Desert Dandelions just off the highway. Another fun trip to Death Valley comes to an end. Hiking up to Wildrose Peak was fun, but climbing Manly Beacon was a blast, want to do that one again.