All Around Death Valley

Death Valley Trip 2013 | Day 8
Saturday, February 16, 2013

Today would be my last full day in Death Valley National Park. I spent the day visiting a few popular areas of the park I had skipped over earlier in the week so I could at least check them out. While I would spend much of the day visiting new locations I did decide to return to Zabriskie Point again to catch another sunrise this morning. As usual, I arrived at Zabriskie Point well before the sunrise and before anyone else was there. Instead of going up by the main overlook, this time I went to a different location a little further to the south. I was expecting other people to show up and setup next to me, but luckily that never happened and I had this area to myself.

A view over the Zabriskie badlands in the soft dawn light.

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Soft Light by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Photographers lined up at the main viewpoint while I sat all by myself.

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Dawn Lineup by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Early morning sunlight strikes the Panamint Range across the valley.

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Zabriskie Point Morning View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Badlands by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

When I had the shots I had come for I got back to my Jeep and took the short drive through the nearby Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

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Twenty Mule Team Canyon Road by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Next up, I made my way back over near Stovepipe Wells and hiked into Mosaic Canyon before the sun was too high in the sky.

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Mosaic Wash by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Mosaic Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I soon found myself following the Emegrant Canyon Road up into the Panamint Range. I first stopped at Aguereberry Point with a hazy view over Death Valley.

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Aguereberry Point by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Haze & Mountains by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I made a quick stop at the Eureka Mine to explore the area a bit.

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Eureka Mine by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I continued driving higher into the mountains until I reached the large and impressive Charcoal Kilns.

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Charcoal Kilns by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Not far past the kilns I ran into a bit of snow on the road.

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Snow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Then I reached the end of the road at Mahogany Flat. At 8,133 feet, this is the highest point in Death Valley that I would visit this trip. One day I will have to return and hike to the top of Telescope Peak.

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Mahogany Flat by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Next, I went from above 8,000 feet to below sea level so I could visit Artists Drive.

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Artists Drive by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Artists Road by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I had some extra time before sunset, so I hiked up this unnamed wash where I ran into the canyoneering group that I was planning to camp with tonight. They had just finished descending a nearby canyon and were heading back to camp.

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Unnamed Wash by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

My last stop of the day was a nice sunset hike through Golden Canyon.

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Golden Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Red Cathedral by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Last light of the day strikes Manly Beacon.

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Manly Sunset by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

As I was leaving Golden Canyon the sky lit up with color and I witnessed the best sunset of the week. Of course I pulled over and got a few photos!

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Badwater Road by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Death Valley Sunset by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

When the light was gone I continued driving until I was just outside of the park where I met up with the canyoneering group at their campsite. I hung out around the campfire with them a little bit before heading off to bed. It was the only night of the trip I was camped with a group of people instead of by myself.

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