Re: Upper road into Darwin falls

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Posted by LeRoy Johnson on April 29, 2003 at 00:42:44:

In Reply to: Upper road into Darwin falls posted by Craig Robertson on April 28, 2003 at 13:04:34:

There isn?t no road that goes ?down to the falls.? The road ends at the springs that supply the water for the falls. I have not driven to these springs since the expansion of the Park. Possibly the road?which went down the wash?has been closed short of the springs because of the wilderness boundary.

From the springs, hike up the trail that goes to the right (as you face down canyon). It crosses a ridge and drops toward Darwin Wash and comes out at the Darwin-Panamint Springs road (old highway 190). This is the old Indian trail (later miner trail). It is the route the boundary survey party, with three camels, took in 1861.

Great loop hike is to park at the trail head for Darwin Falls, hike all the way to the springs, then return via this historic trail. We add adventure by walking in the stream through the narrows (above the upper falls). Can easily be done in four hours. LeRoy

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