DV on foot


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Posted by Hiking Bros. fr. WA. ST. on March 27, 2003 at 13:49:35:

Our recent trip to DV concluded with this advice: KNOW WHERE YOU ARE. KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING. It's just some quick advice for first timers. Guide books don't really clue you into to what to expect. Every hill looks 'conical'. Every wash is 'the broad one'. When you enter a canyon and need to 'bear left' make sure you are where you think you are! Bearing left too soon will lead you on a 2 hour trek up a canyon that takes water and time away when it's not the right canyon. Just some advice.
Other than that, Jayhawker Canyon is remote. RedWall is even more remote. Mosaic is accessable and worth seeing even though you will not be alone here. Desolation is another that you maynot be alone in, but it is long and the side canyons are numerous and worth exploring on their own.
If ghost towns is your thing, Rhyolite is a must see. Harrisburg (Aguereberry Camp) is remarkable in that there is even parts of an old newspaper laying on the table in one room that you can read! (Anyone old enough to remember what the L.S.M.F.T. on the bottom of a pack of Luckies means)?! Skidoo with it's multiple mine sites takes awhile to explore. There's nothing left of the town however. The veiws from here are wonderful, but I gotta' tell ya' the road into this gets really 'sporty' in a few places. You might not want to take the family Sunday go to church buggy into this one.
If you're looking for something different, try driving the road out through Lee Flats. It'll put you in the Joshua tree 'forest'. If you haven't seen these before you've got your choice of any size, shape you want. Plus go out in the evening, maybe early morning and you've got the place area to yourself. Lots of various mining activity to explore along the way too.
DVNP isn't for everyone but if you are into wilderness, being alone, exploring on your own, making up trails be it long hikes or short ones into multiple canyons, GO! ENJOY!


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