DV Superbloom Trip Feb 26-28

Well, I did something that I usually don’t do last weekend.  In view of the excitement regarding the first “Superbloom” in the park in the past 11 years, I dropped everything and came out for three full days of hiking and photographing wildflowers.  And I must say, it was fantastic and completely worth it.  The wildflowers were incredible all the way from the Owlsheads through the Funerals.  On Friday, I spent the day hiking the Ibex Sand Dunes (Desert Sand Verbena and Desert Gold), Saratoga Spring (lots of wildflowers including Desert Five-Spot), and Tramway Canyon.  Tramway Canyon is the canyon located at the southwestern corner of the Black Mountains and that was my Superbloom hike.  The new main header on the front page gives you a glimpse of what the Tramway Canyon Superbloom hike was like, while the smaller secondary header shows you what the Ibex Dunes looked like.  On Saturday, Charlie and I hiked a previously undocumented major canyon in the Funeral Mountains.  That hike was interesting and it was also essentially a wildflower hike.  Because US Mineral Monument 142 is above that canyon, it will be referred to as USMM 142 Canyon.  On Sunday, I drove all the way to the end of Owlshead Mountains Road and hiked from the Microwave Tower to Owl BM, with incredible views of the Crystal Hills, Wingate Dry Lake, and Lost Lake.  That hike was a personal favorite.  To top everything off, my love for the Owlsheads was increased even more when I finally found my first live desert tortoise in Death Valley.  That was truly a special moment.  Now that I’m back home, there will be a number of updates coming in the near future.  These include 5 new full reports and 1 updated report.  Also, please note that I had to shift the location of the Black Mountains hikes box and the Owlshead Mountains hikes box on the main page, to allow for additional growth of more hikes in the Owlsheads.  I have at least 4-6 more hikes planned for the Owlsheads, which are not all listed there at this time.  Upcoming reports include:

  • DV Wildlife and Wildflowers (updates will include photographs of the desert tortoise and a few select Superbloom photos)
  • Ibex Sand Dunes (brand new report coming)
  • Saratoga Spring (brand new report coming)
  • Tramway Canyon Superbloom hike (new report coming)
  • USMM 142 Canyon (Funeral Mountains undocumented major canyon new report coming)
  • Owl BM (new report coming)
Beautiful view of Crystal Hills and Epsom Salt Works from Owl BM
A beautiful view of the Crystal Hills and Epsom Salt Works as seen from Owl BM
View of the northern end of Lost Lake as seen from Owl BM
View of the northern end of Lost Lake and Owlhead BM as seen from Owl BM
A desert tortoise in the Owlshead Mountains -- with more pictures to come
A desert tortoise in the Owlshead Mountains (more pictures to come soon)