To the west of Death Valley, the basin and range topography reveals another valley. Not as low or as hot as its infamous neighbor, the #BLMWild Panamint Valley is an uncrowded and beautiful secret. Completely ringed by sharp mountain ranges, the alkali flats on the valley floor provide a stark white contrast to the striped and colorful #mountains . Burbling creeks pour out of #canyons in the Panamint Range to the east and the Argus Range to the west, creating corridors of green life that support thriving habitat for rare desert birds, reptiles, and mammals including bighorn sheep. The #PanamintValley is one of the ancestral homes of the Timbisha Shoshone, and there are still Native lands at Indian Ranch. Mining history is evident throughout the Valley, including most prominently the fascinating ghost town of Ballarat. Successive mining booms left their traces up many of the canyons above Panamint Valley, and more intrepid visitors can explore these relics and ruins on foot.
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We hiked out to Liberty Bell Arch today, an amazing 4-5 mile round trip out and back trail that ends overlooking the Colorado River. The trailhead is 15 minute from where we grew up and neither Kim or I had been. It’s a must-do!
The view from the top of the 7,700 foot #BLMWild Conglomerate Mesa is one of the best in the #CaliforniaDesert . Visitors are treated to 360 degrees of multiple #wilderness areas, Owens Lake, the glittering Sierra Nevada and Mt. Whitney, Saline Valley, and Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park. This mesa is sprinkled with Joshua, juniper, and pinyon trees and is also home to rare plant species such as the Inyo Rock Daisy and Ripley’s Cymopterus, aka spring parsley, which is in the carrot family.
The mesa is geologically significant, providing an unusually complete record that is key to unraveling the evolution of the continental edge of the southwestern United States during the Permian and early Triassic periods about 300 million years ago. #Fossils like corals and fusulinids, a type of plankton with calcite casings, allow scientists to accurately date the earth’s layers, and some of the fusulinids are found only in the Conglomerate Mesa area. The diversity of #wildlife species in Conglomerate Mesa includes bobcats, Mojave Ground Squirrels, Townsend’s Western Big-eared bats, Golden Eagles, and mountain lions. It is also a vital migratory corridor for Nelson’s bighorn sheep. This public land is also prized locally for its world class deer #hunting .
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Siskiyou Mountains in Shasta River Canyon. N. California's backroads are in most cases the main road to get through this wild land. Much of the time you will see rock plows keeping the numerous small slides off the road and out of your windshield. In the mid 1800s and early 1900s, bridges began to be built over our major rivers, the Klamath and Shasta River. The windy natural path of rivers meant you would have to ford the river in canoes, horseback or even stagecoaches several times. From here west towards Willow Creek way down the Klamath River on the way to the ocean, you cross no less than 6 bridges and most of them big and structurally reinforced like you can't imagine. After rain and snow storms, it is normal to have whole roads blocked with landslides from the steep mountains. The old historical accounts of traveling dirt trails are both funny and nerve wracking. Some of my favorite stories include the ingenuity of these tough people. To get supplies down to miners along the rivers and down banks with no trails because the drop offs were so steep, you would see supplies "wrenched" down to the river banks from trees on the upper banks using rope and cable. Its not so unusual now to see cars being wrenched back up these drop offs up to the road after sliding off the road. This country is still not for the faint of heart but I guess thats why we love this beautiful land.
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