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Death Valley National Park
Owl Peak (Owl BM)
Owlshead Mountains Road
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21 October 2014
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I see a little dry lake down there in Wingate Wash
My route to Owl Peak is straight up this hill
Up on Owl Peak, it's fun to look at hills and rocks
And there's Lost Lake down there, I haven't been down there yet...
From Owl Peak, I can see across the valley to the Black Mountains
Even the sky is beautiful today up here on Owl Peak
Owl Peak provides a nice view across the Lost Lake basin over to the middle Owlshead Mountains
So many photos to take...
Another photo to take
Another look at Lost Lake
This photo needs to be taken too!
I start walking down from Owl Peak and take a look back
On the way down the hill, I'm staring at yesterday's hike into the Crystal Hills again
I want to check out this canyon ahead that looks like it might lead down to Wingate Wash
Hey, there's a tarantula to distract me for a minute or three!
I see a couple of steep drop-offs in the canyon ahead, so I won't be hiking down to Wingate Wash right now
I climb up the next hill, looking down at Wingate Wash and the little dry lake
Where to go? Not sure: I'll follow this ridgeline and find out
Let's check out this canyon here...
A few patches of red buckwheats grow in the head of the canyon
I look back to see a low peak towering over me
And here's another of those mylar balloons that blow into remote areas from faraway places
I follow a faint burro trail; no human footprints here
Steep gullies are carved into the adjacent hills
Let's see what's around the next corner...
The canyon opens up a little as it descends gently
We walk through the shadow cast by rock
Old rock, old patterns...
The canyon continues...
The canyon continues down toward the valley floor
Some little rock shelters...
I think I'll turn around here instead of continuing all the way down to the valley floor
Sunlight glides across the rocky hillside
I can still see down to the valley floor, sort of...
I hike up the canyon, looking for a way to take a different route back to camp
Hello, who lives in there?
The slow uphill climb continues
This is today's second balloon sighting
More burro droppings! I've seen a lot of this in this area
And more rock shelters for small critters...
I walk around a little rockslide
What it is, this odd thing on the ground?
This little side canyon should take me up to where I want to go
No human footprints here...
Back up on top of the hills again
A short and steep section to traverse lies before me
Up out of the canyon, I have great views again down toward the valley
And there's the old microwave tower, my beacon today
My route takes me between low rock hills
With more views across the Owlshead Mountains
Looking forward to tomorrow's adventure, I arrive back to the FJ and set up my tent
I'm awake early to enjoy the Owlshead Mountains sunrise
I spot a nice, fuzzy tarantula while walking around looking for a place to dig my morning cat hole
Coffee and a quick breakfast done, I drive a few miles down Owlshead Mountains Road
I park the FJ along the road, with Owl Peak (yesterday's hike) in the background
I finish up my bowl of Orlik Golden Slices pipe tobacco at the Quail Mountains Wilderness marker
I look back at dry Lost Lake and the FJ as I begin my hike up into the Quail Mountains
I have my second tarantula sighting of the day while walking up into the Quail Mountains
I'm heading toward that space between those two nearby hills ahead
The old road leading into the Quail Mountains has been mostly reclaimed by erosion
The imprint of swirling water is clearly etched into the dry earth here
When in the desert, follow the burro trails and see where they lead!
The burro trail takes me to a spot overlooking a little dry lake
I like this unnamed dry lake and think it's a great place to stop and eat an energy bar
I go for a walk around the dry lake and find this old bottle
And here's an old metal flask of some kind
Post and wire
This post marks something
I look at the very fresh burro tracks as I walk away from the dry lake
Still following the burro trail, I turn back to glance at the dry lake before walking around the hill ahead
I stop to check out a small prospect and its debris
In some places, an old road is still visible; I follow it
I notice a bit of color in these dry, brown hills
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