Sliding Sands Trail (Haleakala National Park – Maui, HI) report released

I am happy to report that I was finally able to finish up and publish my long-awaited report for the Sliding Sands Trail and Halemauu Trail loop in Haleakala National Park.  This was quite an amazing hike and is widely regarded as one of the best hikes on Maui.  The new report can be found on the Introduction Page under the Hawaii section.  As a side note, this year may end up being the first time in the last four years that we do not travel to Hawaii for a family vacation.  Currently, I am hoping to return to the South Pacific later this year to carry out some additional hiking and sightseeing.  I also plan to spend a small amount of time in Death Valley in the coming months.  The new Sliding Sands report was the final backlogged report that needed to be released.  So with that, I am going to take a break from the site for the next couple of months.  I hope to return in the Spring with several brand new Death Valley reports.  You can find a quick link to view the new report below.

Sliding Sands Trail (Haleakala National Park) hiking report

Three Pines Pass (French Polynesia) final hiking report released

Our seventh and final hiking report from French Polynesia has now been published.  This final report covers a hike to Three Pines Pass on the island of Moorea.  While not quite as nice as Three Coconuts Pass, this hike still delivered some interesting scenery and outstanding views.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.  To see this final report from our trip, click on the link below or use the main link found over on the Introduction Page.

Three Pines Pass (Moorea) hiking report

Three Coconuts Pass (French Polynesia) hiking report released

This evening, we are releasing the next report from our French Polynesia trip last September.  This is the sixth of seven total reports that we are publishing from that trip.  For these last two reports, we are moving on to the island of Moorea for two hikes.  The first Moorea report covers a hike to Three Coconuts Pass and focuses especially on the beautiful island trees.  But at the end of the hike, you will also enjoy seeing some outstanding views.  To see the new report from Moorea, click on the link below or use the main link on the Introduction Page of the site.

Three Coconuts Pass (Moorea) hiking report

The Cauldron DV report released

Our final report from our November 2016 trip has now been released.  It covers an area that we call The Cauldron.  The Cauldron is the circular area of badlands located in between the mouth of Fall Canyon and the mouth of Palmer Canyon.  There is quite a lot to see here, as you will find out within the report.  The new report is currently listed as #108 on the Main Page and you can also view it by clicking on the link below.  We will see you in the Spring for more new Death Valley hiking.

The Cauldron new DV hiking report

Funeral Slot MSC DV report released

By now, most all Death Valley regulars are familiar with and have visited Funeral Slot Canyon.  If you’d like to see a little bit more of the general area then be sure to check out our brand new report on Funeral Slot Main Side Canyon.  Funeral Slot MSC features Crown Bridge and Oriel Tunnel as highlights, but there is more to see as well.  The report is currently listed as #131 on the Main Page and you can also click on the link below.

Funeral Slot Main Side Canyon new DV hiking report

Lee Wash DV report released

Our second brand new Death Valley hiking report of the season is being released this evening.  This new report documents a 16-mile one-way hike of Lee Wash, starting from Saline Valley Road and ending at Big Four Mine Road.  This was such a great canyon with tremendous scenic beauty.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy the report.  The report is currently listed as #95 on the Main Page and you can also view it by clicking on the link below.

Lee Wash new DV hiking report

Sidewinder Ultimate report released

This evening, I am releasing the first of 4 brand new reports being published from our November 2016 trip to Death Valley.  This first report is called Sidewinder Ultimate.  And it truly is the ultimate showcase of never-before documented portions of Sidewinder Canyon.  This report includes the discovery of Cavern Bridge.  Learn the details of the planning and actual hike which led to making the discovery of Death Valley’s 17th major natural bridge.  Three more reports will be coming in the near future.  To read the new report, click on the link below or follow the link at #147 (currently) on the site’s Main Page.

Sidewinder Ultimate new DV report

DV Natural Bridges database page updates

Having just wrapped up four days of hiking in Death Valley National Park, I have returned home and begun sorting through my photographs and considering potential new hiking reports.  The new DV hiking reports will take a while to put together and I may not work on them until after I have completed my last two French Polynesia hiking reports.  So don’t look for them anytime soon.  In the meantime, I went ahead and fully updated the Death Valley Natural Bridges database page.  While not being official, this database is the closest thing that Death Valley has to an official database on the major natural bridges.  Updates to the database page include the additions of Turret Bridge and Crown Bridge (previously discovered by Kauri in 2014, but only now visited and confirmed by myself).  Also, my newest discovery of Cavern Bridge has been added to the database as #17.  Finally, toward the bottom of the page you will see some new photographs of Oriel Tunnel, an unusual natural formation that Kauri and I discovered and are now documenting fully.  In the near future, I will publish four brand new trip reports – Cavern Bridge Slot, Lee Wash, The Cauldron & Turret Bridge, and Crown Bridge & Oriel Tunnel.  Until then, be sure to check out the DV Natural Bridges database page linked to below and also on the main page in the top left box.

Death Valley Natural Bridges database page

DV Fall 2016 Day 4: Funeral Slot Canyon

For our last day of hiking, we did a hike of Funeral Slot Canyon along with some of the surrounding areas.  It had been six years since I first hiked Funeral Slot Canyon and introduced it to the world by means of my published report.  This will be a report that I will update in the near future by adding some additional photographs as well as some pictures of interesting formations from nearby areas.  I had a lot of other hikes planned for this trip, but because the weather was cold and a few roads were washed out (such as Harry Wade Road), I had to scale back my hiking plans for this trip.  I hope to make up for that in the Spring of next year.  I had excellent hikes planned in the Owlsheads and Grapevines which I couldn’t get to as planned.

Back hiking through Funeral Slot Canyon once again after six years.

Back hiking through Funeral Slot Canyon once again after six years.

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So many spectacular sections of narrows.

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One of my favorite spots in the canyon.

The largest natural tunnel ever found in Death Valley is in a nearby area

The largest natural tunnel ever found in Death Valley is in a nearby area

DV Fall 2016 Day 3: The Cauldron and Turret Bridge

Our third day of hiking started with a complete hike coverage of what I call The Cauldron, which is the circular area of badlands located in between Fall Canyon and Palmer Canyon.  I have been meaning to write a report on this area to show off what is there, which includes slot narrows, false natural bridges, and stunning cliff formations.  After that, we hiked over to check out Turret Bridge, which is now a confirmed major natural bridge in Death Valley.  I’ll make another post once our DV Natural Bridges database page has been updated with the addition of Turret Bridge, Cavern Bridge, and some additional new information.  Here are a few teaser images.

The Cauldron has several nice short slots to explore.

The Cauldron has several nice short slots to explore.

The Cauldron also has very scenic cliffs which reminded me of spots in Utah.

The Cauldron also has very scenic cliffs and pinnacles which reminded me of spots in Utah.

Turret Natural Bridge is now a confirmed major natural bridge in Death Valley.

Turret Natural Bridge is now a confirmed major natural bridge in Death Valley.

Looking out the back of Turret Bridge from underneath the canyon span.

Looking out the back of Turret Bridge from underneath the canyon span.