For the first time since June 15, 2018, when I released my report for Wahguyhe Peak, I am releasing a brand new Death Valley hiking report. As you may have read in my previous post, we recently carried out an incredible 3-day backpacking trip in the Owlshead Mountains. This new report covers Day 1 of our route, featuring a visit to Never-Ending Ever-Changing Canyon. Part 2 will be coming along soon and will cover Days 2 and 3 together. Is anyone out there up for an epic 25 mile round-trip day hike? Because that’s what it takes to see this amazing canyon in one day. Of course, it’s better off done as a backpacking trip up Wingate Wash. Which is, in my opinion, one of the best backpacking destinations in Death Valley despite there being no water available anywhere along the route. The new report for Never-Ending Ever-Changing can be found by visiting report #179 on the Main Page. Or you can click on the direct link below.
Below I am sharing a few teaser images from our recent visit to Death Valley showcasing some newly-explored slot canyons in advance of the more detailed reports to come later. For Days 1-3, we backpacked (while carrying nearly 5 gallons of water each) and explored 33 miles of seldom-visited terrain in between Warm Springs Rd and Owlshead Mountains Rd. We did this by hiking up Wingate Wash, turning off to the south and exploring four small canyons, crossing over the range and reaching the summit of Owlhead BM, and then concluding by hiking across the entire length of Lost Lake to our second vehicle. Along the way, we explored Never-Ending Ever-Changing Canyon, Wingate Slot 4, White Ring Hill Canyon, and Owlhead BM Slot Canyon. On Day 4, we did a natural bridge check in Eureka Valley which turned out to be a massive fallen boulder (collapsed canyon wall) across the wash and then we explored a place I’m calling Symmetry Canyon. It was freezing cold, windy nonstop, challenging with so much weight, but worth all the effort to see such beautiful rarely-explored places in the park. And this was my friend Jordan’s first-ever lifetime backpacking trip. The upcoming reports will detail our 3-day backpacking trip in two parts: Never-Ending Ever-Changing Canyon and Owlhead BM will be the titles.