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Fun detour at Virgin Spring Canyon

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Death Valley Dazed
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Fun detour at Virgin Spring Canyon

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:32 pm

Two weeks ago I got a late start due to having explored the Cinder Hill earlier in the morning. Heading into the wide mouth of Virgin Spring bearing to the east I noticed an old rusted can which I knew was not washed down the main wash bed.

So I followed that side drainage up and east of the main wash and found a large piece of a weathered milled wood beam which told me I was hot onto something.

Sure enough, several hundred yards up that side ravine was an old cabin site but with little remaining. Wondering why this site was chosen, I scampered up the increasingly steep ravine which was decorated with gorgeous red stone and a few narrows, but I never saw any sign of human activity or mining. I surmised that the old cabin site was a layover for travelers heading up the canyon to the mines there.

I eventually topped out over the ridge and followed its snaking spine north with view 360 and down into Virgin Spring Canyon. I wisely turned back to the car instead of punishing my knees and feet with miles of additional hiking up and around. Like Arnold, "I'll be back."

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Re: Fun detour at Virgin Spring Canyon

Post by N0 02 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:39 am

Thanks for sharing the video.

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