I met up with Sooz and Chip Saturday night at Centennial Canyon. This is Sunday morning just before we started the drive to Lee Flat.
View of the Sierra while driving out to highway 190.
Got a good view of Nelson Mountain as we drove in.
Sooz and Chip checking the view from the mine that we started the hike from.
Looking into the mine tunnel.
Chip and I went in to see how far back to the end of the tunnel. Went in about a 100 feet and ended with this shaft that went down further than we could see with our lights.
Looking out towards the mine's entrance.
Looking down on our trucks as we hike up the trail from the mine.
The trail lead to two other tunnels. The trail ends here, time to find our own way to the peak.
Looking back at Chip with the Inyo Mountains in the background.
Up on the saddle, we found an old stone shelter.
Another view of the shelter. The dark area is the entrance.
From the saddle we could look into the Saline Valley and see a section of the Race Track in the distance.
Better view of Saline Valley.
Sooz leading the way through rocks.
Sooz and Chip rearching the peak.
Chip, Sooz and me on Nelson Mountain at 7,696 feet.
The marker on the peak was marked as Galena.
Looking to the northwest down Saline Valley to lake bed.
Zoomed in on Salt Lake.
Looking across Saline Valley to the Race Track.
Zoomed in on the Race Track which is nine miles to the northeast.
View to the southeast with Telescope Peak in the distance.
Zoomed in on Telescope Peak.
Looking to the southwest across Lee Flat to the Sierras.
Zoomed in on a few Sierra peaks.
Ready to start the hike down.
Coming off the peak.
I tried to find another route down to avoid some of the rocks and got into a cliff section. We got past this and intersected the route we used on the way up and followed it down.
Sooz on a short down climbing section.
Lichens on the rocks.
Almost back to the old mine trail.
Back on the trail.
Our trucks come back into view.
Back at the mine where we started the hike from.
We decided to visit the joshua tree made famous by U2 when they used it on the cover of their "The Joshua Tree" album, it's on the way home.
The tree had fallen over years ago.
There was a plaque and other things left by fans.
View of the plaque.
The U2ube had a register inside.
A U2 horn toad.
Rocks placed by a past visitor.
Better view of the tree.
Photo of the tree from the CD cover.
Another photo from the CD.