Days 11 & 12– Dry Bone Main Side Canyon

We did it! I’m still not sure how because that was a grueling and very challenging 25 miles RT that we just did over the past 2 days to fully explore Dry Bone MSC. We backpacked in up the notoriously rocky Dry Bone Fan on Monday afternoon in the stifling 93F heat. About 1/2 mile from the mouth of Dry Bone Canyon we set up camp and the howling wind came in and kept us up all night. Today, we woke up and hiked all the way to our targeted stopping point high up Dry Bone MSC. A few of the many highlights– two sets of narrows, some striped rocks reminiscent of Marble Cyn’s 4th Narrows, some amazingly sculpted chutes, 1 major dry fall, dramatic views of White Top Mtn, an incredible rockslide in the middle of the canyon, and a pretty grove of Joshua trees at our stopping point. Dry Bone MSC delivered and was well worth the 3 years of waiting to get there. I’m pretty wiped out after the 2 days of backpacking, so I’m not sure what else I can do here except to search for the newly discovered 8th major natural bridge. Buckwheat Sand Dunes will have to wait, as the wind is not letting up and that hike just won’t work with this wind. But it was a great privilege to be part of the first documented group (along with my friends Fred & Debbie) to ever hike Dry Bone MSC.

About to enter the 1st narrows of Dry Bone MSC
About to enter the 1st narrows of Dry Bone MSC
Dry Bone MSC's major dry fall
Dry Bone MSC’s major dry fall
A huge rockslide blocks the canyon
A huge rockslide blocks the canyon
White Top Mtn as never seen before
Peaks in the vicinity of White Top Mtn as never seen before