Kay's Hiking and Travel Photo Gallery - October 2011

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10/31/2011  Telescope Peak, Death Valley, CA - Telescope Peak is the highest point in the DV and most vertical rises above local terrain of any mountains in the US. The summit rises 11,331 ft above the lowest point of Badwater Basin at -282 ft in Death Valley. (Elevation is 11,049 ft + 282 from Badwater Basin) The trail was nicely maintained and no confusion. The view is 360 degree of long distance view.
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10/30/2011  Mosaic Canyon, Death Valley, CA (LVMC) - The canyon gets narrower some places and wider at time to time. Scrambled up at few places but relatively nice hiking trail overall. The trail end at the beautiful dry waterfall, which about 20-30 ft high and surronding by tall canyon rock walls, and can't climb up without lope that the 1st & 3rd rows rightmost photos.
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10/30/2011  Darwin Falls, Death Valley, CA (LVMC) - Kenny was entirely hiked himself and got some helps from his dad to cross the streams and scramble up to the rocks. He enjoyed hiking just like left of us and no scare feeling or complains. The massive water is falling from the Darwin Falls in the desert environment. The water from the waterfalls runs for less than one mile and dissapered.
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10/29/2011  The Grandstand, Death Valley, CA (LVMC) - It is the island in the white dry sink bed and a very distinct contrast color. It is black or brown color that depend on the time of the day, up to the direction of the sun lays. All rocks do not have any shape corners, which means it was in the water for long time to rounded out or very strong wind here to rounded out. My guess is the last one.
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10/29/2011  Ubehebe Peak Jr, Death Valley, CA (LVMC) - I didn't know which is the Ubehebe Peak and end up to the Ubehebe Peak Jr. Peppe and Harlan were way fast, when I got at the top of the Ubehebe Peak Jr, they were at the top of the Ubehebe Peak. I took their photo from the Ubehebe Peak Jr. 3rd row 1st photo. Harlan has extra eyes on his back, see 3rd raw 4th photo. The view was wonderful.
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10/28/2011  The Racetrack, Death Valley, CA (LVMC) - At the Teakettle Junction, many teakettles hanging up on the sign. The Racetrack is the dried sink bed, which means after heavy rain, rain water accumulate here and rocks are movable in the water. The location is near the mountain range that caused by wind blows all directions. From two major reasons, the rocks to move and make racetracks.
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10/28/2011  Ubehebe Crater, Death Valley, CA (LVMC) - Kenny is 41/2-year old Chris' son. He is a very special boy because he has experienced for hiking with entire his life and 5 miles his own hike record. He has 13 Jr Ranger National Park Badges. We hiked up the canyon, background of the 3rd row 1st photo, I was strugle to climb up, at that time he gave me the helping hand and I climbed up safely.
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10/28/2011  Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley, CA - This place is located at middle of the Death Valley and not too far from the Stovepipe Wells Village. It is very popular place and many visitors, which means their foot prints are everywhere. I have to long walk to get to the no foot print exist area. It is beautiful sand dunes. I saw a red/gray fox by the road.
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10/27/2011  Red Cathedral, Golden Canyon, Death Valley, CA - I tried to hike up to the couple canyons to see the beautiful rock formation before reached the Red Cathedral in the Golden Canyon. The time was around the sunset; the magical moments that was like fire on the rock wall, red became the fire red but didn't last longer, it dissaperaed soon.
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10/27-11/1/2011  Death Valley, CA - Those photos were taken from the Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Zabriskie Point, Furnece Creek Inn, Hidden Valley Road, South Pass, Devils Cornfield, Charcoal Kilns, Harmony Borax Works and Badwater. Back of the 1st row center photo called the Tea House. 2nd row 3rd - 4th photos are the Calmet Mine, I found it when I drove wrong road on the Hidden Valley Road.
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10/22/2011  Canaan Arch, Water Canyon to Squirrel Canyon, UT (OHCOSU) - It was the time of the season to see the beautiful color of leaves. The features of this hike such as like Subway, like Coyote Buttes, and like Kolob Arch. A few people walk on the Canaan Arch, which located at the top of the couple thousands feet vertical wall, 5th row leftmost and 7th row 3rd - 5th photos from left are the Arch. Road Map
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10/21/2011  Scout Cave, Snow Canyon, UT - The Chuckwalla Parking lot is seems to very popular place. However it is more likely joggers, bicyclers and casual hiker's trail, casual hiker means doesn't bring any water or foods, just hike. I hiked down to the Scout Cave, it was nice view around the cave especially the rock formation but not much interested the Gila Trail, I turn back at the certain point.
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10/19/2011  Deertrap Mountain, Zion, UT (OHCOSU) - The trailhead was located east side of the Zion and parking lot is tiny only 4-5 cars space. The Zion view from the view point was breath taking; beautiful rocky mountains are front of us. We saw the Zion lodge that was below us but very small in size. We also saw the Angel's Landing in front of and below us. The Stave Spring water from the pipe. Road Map
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10/18/2011  Dino Cliffs, Red Cliffs, UT - This place is visible from the highway I-15 St. George and finally I have a chance to hike around. The size of rocks are larger than I thought and really red. When I was on the trail, the trail was disappeared and I had go back to where I came or to climb up the rocks, and I decided to not go back and end up no trail, finding the way out from this area that was an adventure to me.
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10/17/2011  West Virgin River Upper Gorge, UT (OHCOSU) - Drive southwest on the dirt road from Bloomington, which located south side of the St. George, to get to the trailhead of this hike. Hiked along the Virgin River, the trail was started at the bottom of the cliff by the river and hike up to the top of the cliff. From the top of the cliff, the view was unbelievable; we can see long distance of the valley view. Road Map
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10/16/2011  Elephant Arch, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, UT - It was easy to find the Elephant Arch because not well signed, because many foot prints on the sand trail, seems to popular place. This arch has large nose like elephant that visible from far view, also I found that it has holes, like elephant eyes. I also hiked on the Bone Wash trail for while, which branch out from the Miller Trail.
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10/15/2011  Anderson Cabin, Pine Valley Mountain Range, UT (OHCOSU) - The official hiking title was the 'Syler Spring Trail, Browse Guard Station' however final destination was the Anderson Cabin for this hike. The sequoia tree that located behind the Guard Station is the only known sequoia tree exist in Utah. The color of Oak, Maple and Aspen trees were spectacular, we were there for just in time. Road Map
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10/13/2011  Calico Tanks Loop, Red Rock Canyon, NV - This is another popular hiking trail for the visitors, many people were on the trail. The trail is maintained nicely until to the main Calico Tank. From main Calico Tank to the Calico II parking lot was good workout trail, which un-maintained. The water level of the main Calico Tank was almost dried up, not much water in it.
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10/11/2011  Turtlehead, Red Rock Canyon NCA, NV - I took Penelope from OHCOSU and her friend Mimi from California to the Turtlehead Peak, where they wanted to hike in the Red Rock Canyon in first time. The Turtlehead Peak is the popular hiking destination for the visitors. Nice weather and temperature was little warmer side but we all enjoyed it even Mimi couldn't make to the peak.
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10/9/2011  Keyhole Canyon, NV - Many petroglyphs in the Keyhole Canyon, but can't take photos because located very high place. Nevada Solar One, which is the largest solar thermal energy plant in the world located in Eldorado Valley. Also I visited town of Eldorado, which is very charming small town. Colorado river and Nelson Wash after that. 5th row center is the Fire Mountain, AZ, which I hiked on 2/27/11.
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10/7/2011  Blue Diamond Hill Gypsum Mine, NV - Bad weather for last three days, which means no chance to go to hiking and I couldn't sleep well if not tired. Nice weather at this morning, I drove up to the Red Rock Canyon for hiking and no problem to find the trail there. I have hiked with start up to the Skull Canyon, LV Overlook, Gypsum Mine and Muffins. Edwina and I were passing each other on the trail.
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