Desolation Canyon (Death Valley NP) 26-Sep-2018

Desolation Canyon Death Valley National Park California

After yesterday’s adventure on Mount Perry, we decided that a fun, but shorter, hike was called for. The less than four mile round-trip hike up Desolation Canyon, whose trailhead is just four miles from Furnace Creek, seemed ideal (and it was). This hike reaches into the Black Mountains and features a few narrow sections (but not true “slot” canyon narrow), a touch of scrambling, some colorful rock formations, and ends with a nice view out over Death Valley. We were able to complete it before the air temperature got much above 85º F (29º C) – it would eventually top out at 110º F (43º C). When the weather is cooler, you’re advised to do this hike in the afternoon, when the sun highlights the colorful rock formations. That would have been nice but we were happy to be in the shade for most of the hike.  

Desolation Canyon Death Valley National Park California
We finished the hike before 10 AM
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
Moonset over the Panamint Range from the mouth of Desolation Canyon
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
Entering the wide mouth of Desolation Canyon
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
The canyon walls are formed of thick layers of eroded sediment
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
In places erosion is beginning to fill the canyon
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
About a mile in the canyon narrows
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
The first little bit of scrambling
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
The canyon widens again
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
The second little bit of scrambling
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
The canyon widens yet again
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
The sun started to crest the Black Mountains
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
Finally the sun reached us and the day started to really warm-up
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
The hike ends at a viewpoint about 600 feet above the valley floor
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
Telescope Peak (arrow)
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
A spectral presence
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
Heading back
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
Out of the canyon and into the heat
Dantes View Mount Perry Death Valley National Park California
Our short hike in Desolation Canyon

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