Day 3 – Red Wall Cyn & Upper Little Arches Cyn

Today was yet another epic Death Valley adventure hike.  The morning started with a hike up Red Wall Canyon.  I had forgotten how beautiful this canyon is since I haven’t hiked it in so long.  The purpose of the Red Wall Canyon hike was so that I could write up a brand new trip report with all-new photographs.  As part of this, we used the Talus Jack Bypass, which some hikers have used in recent times to bypass the chockstone dry fall in the lower narrows.  The bypass took us 45 minutes and we consider it to be medium difficulty.  More on that in the upcoming report.  After hiking all the way through the 3rd Narrows of Red Wall Cyn, we looped over the ridge into Upper Little Arches Canyon (our name for the major canyon south of Red Wall).  We were able to hike all of Upper Little Arches Canyon with one big challenge — a major dry fall right in the middle which we had to use a long ridge bypass to overcome.  I will explain more in the upcoming report.  The narrows in the upper canyon were some of the best I have ever seen.  What a great privilege it was to see the entire upper canyon.  Here are a few teaser images from Upper Little Arches Canyon.

View into the dramatic upper narrows from the ridge while bypassing
View into the dramatic upper narrows from the ridge while bypassing
Steve in the towering narrows of the upper canyon
Steve in the towering narrows of the upper canyon
Nearing the end of a very long section of beautiful red slot narrows
Nearing the end of a very long section of beautiful red slot narrows
The double dry fall we bypassed at the end of the long slot narrows
The double dry fall we bypassed at the end of the long slot narrows