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.
Photographers lined up at the main viewpoint while I sat all by myself.
Early morning sunlight strikes the Panamint Range across the valley.
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.
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.
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.
I made a quick stop at the Eureka Mine to explore the area a bit.
I continued driving higher into the mountains until I reached the large and impressive Charcoal Kilns.
Not far past the kilns I ran into a bit of snow on the road.
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.
Next, I went from above 8,000 feet to below sea level so I could visit Artists Drive.
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.
My last stop of the day was a nice sunset hike through Golden Canyon.
Last light of the day strikes Manly Beacon.
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!
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.