|Valley of Fire State Park|
|View from Valley of Fire to Gold Butte|
|Descent to Movie Set from White Domes Trailhead|
|Starting with a Laugh|
|Flooded Tall Slot forcing Detour|
|View Back to Second Group at Movie Set|
|Reconnecting with Intended Route|
35 total hikers.
One car load (Bill S. et al) missed the turn at the Smoke Shop, then there were 31! (17 low/14 high) They emailed me to start without them…which I’ve just seen. I assumed they had changed their mind and gone with the lower group. It seems they had eventually turned around and went on to white domes and did a hike ‘wandering around’ there.
17 lower route hikers…two out of their depth, turned back at the chocolate wall…and got lost…they arrived at the VC about the time I got back there the 3rd time…then there were 15 lower hikers. One fell 10’ (apparently uninjured…perhaps), but he and five others aborted at that point (half way) and hiked out down the wall to the road. No reception to call a helicopter. Then there were 9 lower hikers. These were the ones led by John N whom we met up with near the notch. The six took a long time getting to the road and arrived about the time we were shuttling cars back. Laszlo and Paul picked them up. I drove right by them.
Our 14 (remaining) high hikers had it pretty boring on the whole. Just a whole bunch slower than I had planned…however, Paul said he was glad since he couldn’t have gone much faster anyway!
Never again will I attempt two hikes, two clubs, point to point!
|Starting Up Canyon|
|View Out from Canyon|
|Hiking Away from Top of Canyon|
|Continued Ascent from Bowl|
|Distant Snow Dusted Mountains|
|Plateau #2 View|
|Plateau #1 View of Plateau #2|
|Ready to Descend from Plateau #1|
|View from Top of Descent Crack|
|Typical Valley of Fire Landscape|
|Passing a Tinaja|
|Approaching Base of Valley of Fire High Point|
|Climbing the Steep Slab|
|Lake Mead in Distance|
|The Big Descent|
|Reaching for that Pile of Rocks|
6.5 miles; 1700 feet elevation gain; 4.5 hours
|The Lower Route Group arrives behind Us|
|The Notch Descent|
|Hiking Over to the Visitor Center|
|Main Difference in Previous N/S Traverse|