Re: Fish Canyon, Escape Trail
Posted by Last Chance Rand on May 06, 2002 at 11:23:15:
In Reply to: Fish Canyon, Escape Trail posted by Lara on May 06, 2002 at 09:45:46:
It was hard for me to find the first time, too. The western trailhead is adjacent to Trona Bob's Sand and Gravel Co., a well marked graded road. The turnoff is north of the airport & Valley Wells, but south of the turnoff to Homewood Canyon.
Yes, there is a boulder-strewn 4x4 route west up Fish Canyon -- it goes for about a mile, and deadends at a rock outcropping named Brier's Silent Sepulcher and more plagues. The Escape Trail continues from here as a foot path via the Fish grave, marked by a another plaque, and over the crest to the other side.
The route across the lake is occasionally established, but there is no formal junction with the main Ballerat-Wingate road. I vigorously applaud your decision not to cross this lake, as there are several hidden tributaries beneath the crusty surface.
However, at P168's junction with western shore of Panamint Lake, is P170. Turning right, or south, is a short, generally dry route around the southern tip of the lake, over to the Ballerat-Wingate road at the mouth of Goler Gulch. Taking P170 to the left, or north, is an easy, scenic 45 minute 4x4 route along the shore of the lake to the elbow of the "paved" Ballerat road. From here, left, or west, goes to the highway, the Trona-Wildrose Road, while the right, or east, goes on to Ballerat.