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by blackturtle.us
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Caching supplies east of Saline Valley Area
Replies: 9
Views: 413

Re: Caching supplies east of Saline Valley Area

Depending on where you're going springs might be of some use. I know in the Argus Range there are springs in pretty much every canyon. The same goes for the Panamint Range. It seems that there are lots of springs within DVNP and that it might be possible to create a hiking route that is like a conne...
by blackturtle.us
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Panamint Butte Fatality in DV
Replies: 13
Views: 685

Re: Panamint Butte Fatality in DV

I poked around the canyon above the Big Four Mine back in 2006. The terrain was steep and when I climbed out of the canyon I recall the surface of the ground having extremely poor traction. I didn't even consider using that route to get to Panamint Butte. Getting up would be difficult, but the way d...
by blackturtle.us
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Pinto Peak
Replies: 5
Views: 632

Re: Pinto Peak

The one thing I'll recommend if you take the shortcut is not to wear shorts. My shins got pretty scraped up, which is not unusual for me as I do a lot of bushwacking, but if you don't want to have all sorts of scrapes and scratches on your shins, wear long pants! I'm pretty sure the main scrub growi...
by blackturtle.us
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Pinto Peak
Replies: 5
Views: 632

Pinto Peak

I hiked to the top of Pinto Peak via Emigrant Pass on Sunday (June 17). I attempted to make it to the summit the previous Sunday (June 10), but the hike went a little long(*). Following the road/trail to the peak is about 15.5 miles, but a strategic shortcut reduces the mileage to about 14 miles eve...
by blackturtle.us
Sun May 20, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Hiking Options in June Heat
Replies: 11
Views: 529

Re: Hiking Options in June Heat

How is Keynot this time of year? Looking around I don't see a "recommended" season. Summitpost doesn't say anything about early June. Looks fun. You said that 4x4 roads would be a problem. Although the road to New York Butte (where the route from the south to Keynot would start) is not super rough,...
by blackturtle.us
Sun May 20, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Canyon Hopping Upper Western Panamints
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: Canyon Hopping Upper Western Panamints

Interesting route idea, but it sounds like a lot of up and down and up and down and up and down to me. Is your plan to enter from Hummingbird Spring or from the bottom of Tuber Canyon? Is this a long one-day thing or a over-nighter? Upper Hall Canyon is neat, but hard to get to now that the road has...
by blackturtle.us
Sun May 20, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Hiking Options in June Heat
Replies: 11
Views: 529

Re: Hiking Options in June Heat

I usually stick to the Panamint Valley and Searles Valley area, but it's pretty hot here during the summer. I don't get further north too much, but I have been to these three sites: Whitetop Mountain area: http://www.dvplants.com/SITES/TIN/ Hunter Mountain area: http://www.dvplants.com/SITES/HUNTER/...
by blackturtle.us
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Rattlesnake season?
Replies: 14
Views: 954

Re: Rattlesnake season?

Only one for me so far this year. I generally do one hike each week in the area. This one was on the Argus Range side of Panamint Valley. As usual, I wrote a quick one-minute annoying little song to go with the video and included a bunch of pics from the hike.
https://youtu.be/CxfPGHGGsx4
by blackturtle.us
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Tuber Canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 1379

Re: Tuber Canyon

I made two trips to Tuber Canyon last week. On one trip I hiked south from the mouth of the canyon and into an unnamed canyon. I hiked a few miles up the canyon and then over to the ridge overlooking Tuber and followed the ridge back from there. On the other hike I just hiked five miles up and then ...
by blackturtle.us
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Tuber Canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 1379

Re: Tuber Canyon

Good point. Looking at my pics from 2006 and the one I posted from May 2017, the cabin looks more or less the same. It was in bad shape back then and it certainly hasn't improved any over a decade. Of course, if the road was still open those who "adopted" the cabin could actually do something to imp...
by blackturtle.us
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Tuber Canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 1379

Re: Tuber Canyon

I was able to drive into upper Hall a few times before they closed that road. That was my favorite road in the entire area. It was a crime to shut it down IMHO. Here are some pics of the upper canyon: http://www.dvplants.com/SITES/JAIL/ (Same page as previously posted, but just look at different pic...
by blackturtle.us
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Tuber Canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 1379

Re: Tuber Canyon

INDIAN RANCH: I haven't heard much lately, but I visited a couple times in the 1990s. The bottom fall is spectacular (and would be easily accessible if not on private land) and a few of us scrambled up to see the next two falls up. During the 1990s a friend had a trailer on the Indian Ranch compound...
by blackturtle.us
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Tuber Canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 1379

Re: Tuber Canyon

The other option and my backup plan is to drive to the mouth of Jail Canyon and take the old trail from there. I've never been on that stretch of trail and at least that would be something new and I think it's shorter. My pics from 2008 here: http://www.dvplants.com/SITES/JAIL/index.html I've been t...
by blackturtle.us
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Tuber Canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 1379

Re: Tuber Canyon

I've driven the road a couple times, but before the big washout. I know it's not very far, but if I'm going to hike ten miles I'd rather all of it be in the canyon instead of half of it spent getting to the canyon and back! Of course, with all the roads that have been closed in recent years that see...
by blackturtle.us
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Tuber Canyon
Replies: 14
Views: 1379

Tuber Canyon

Does anyone know if the road to the mouth of Tuber Canyon still exists or not? In other words, was it washed out never to be seen again? I haven't been to the canyon in several years and in the meantime there was that storm that washed out Wildrose Road. Just to be clear, Tuber Canyon is the major c...