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John Morrow
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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 8:59 am 
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Finally departing the Sierras for the desert landscapes of California.

Nov 4:

First a detour to the White Mountains/Ancient Bristlecone Pine Natural Area of the Inyo National Forest since it was basically on the way to Death Valley National Park.

Easy interpretive trails lead through the fine specimens of trees and great viewpoint from high in the mountains.  We chose a 4.7 mile Methuselah Grove Loop and 1 mile Patriarchs/Cottonwood Basin Loop.


Starting the Methuselah Loop Trail
Starting the Methuselah Loop Trail
lovely shape
lovely shape
death to preserve life
death to preserve life
strange moss
strange moss
Al inspects
Al inspects
a grand one
a grand one
Victoria views the largest bristlecone known
Victoria views the largest bristlecone known
Tommy studies
Tommy studies
love bristlecones!
love bristlecones!
more stately trees
more stately trees
windy effects
windy effects
Cottonwood Basin
Cottonwood Basin

We camped in the White Mountains at the Grandview Campground 8600' affording nice sunset and sunrise views.


Sunset over distant Eureka Valley
Sunset over distant Eureka Valley
Palisades sunrise
Palisades sunrise

Nov 6 and 7: Telescope Peak 11,047' overnight and summit camp.

Tommy and I finally arrived in Death Valley National Park.  His first time so he set the agenda for the next five days.

First stop, the 8 mile one way maintained trail to Telescope Peak where set set up camp on the summit for a cold and windy experience!


Stately Limber Pine
Stately Limber Pine
Badwater from trail
Badwater from trail
the ridgeline
the ridgeline
Lower Death Valley
Lower Death Valley
Panamint Valley and Sierras
Panamint Valley and Sierras
Badwater
Badwater
Trail onward to Telescope
Trail onward to Telescope
Armagosa River descends
Armagosa River descends
Summit camp setup
Summit camp setup
View north
View north
Tommy watches the sunset
Tommy watches the sunset
view south
view south

The next morning we returned to the TH leaving the trail and running the ridge over Bennett Peak 9980' and Rogers Peak 9994'.


Mornin' on top
Mornin' on top
Cold and windy!!!!
Cold and windy!!!!
Bristlecones and Badwater
Bristlecones and Badwater
love bristlecones!
love bristlecones!
On to Bennett Peak
On to Bennett Peak
Telescope and Bennett from Rogers
Telescope and Bennett from Rogers
descending east ridge of Rogers Peak
descending east ridge of Rogers Peak
down to the pinyons
down to the pinyons

Driving back to the low country to warm up, we stopped for some petroglyphs.


a petroglyph site
a petroglyph site
curvylinear
curvylinear
small panel
small panel

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”-Mary Oliver

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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 9:04 am 
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Good one, how much water did you pack up Telescope?

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PostTue Nov 13, 2018 9:43 am 
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5 liters as it was chilly enough we really didn't drink a ton.  hiked a liter out.

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PostWed Nov 14, 2018 7:45 pm 
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Thanks for sharing; After two trips to Great Basin NP I still need to visit these bristlecones... up.gif
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PostThu Nov 29, 2018 6:37 pm 
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Great Basin bristlecone? High on the east ridge of Mt. Washington is a grove that is an art gallery.
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