Upper Scotty’s Canyon hiking video

Today I am releasing a short 11-minute video that goes along with my upcoming Upper Scotty’s Canyon hiking report.  The video showcases the route in a slightly different way than a regular hiking report with photographs, so I am sure you will enjoy it.  I don’t film these all the time because they just take up too much time during a hike and really slow down our group.  One word of caution: I do not recommend anyone to follow in our footsteps and do this hike.  Two of the three in our group suffered injuries during the hike because the terrain was so challenging, especially while bypassing the 3 major dry falls.

Head BM new DV hiking report released

Today I am releasing a brand new Death Valley hiking report for Head BM. This is a hiking loop that I created which visits two scenic canyons and the second highest named summit of the Quail Mountains. (The Quail Mountains were added to Death Valley NP on March 12, 2019.) Along with the abundant natural beauty, we also found aircraft and Dart parts, a tarantula, and two wild burros.  To view the new report, visit the link below or check out report #176 on the site’s Main Page.

Head BM new DV report

DV Oct 2019 Day 3: Head BM

For our final hike, we headed into the Quail Mountains to hike to the summit of Head BM.  This was my second time hiking in the new portion of Death Valley National Park added earlier this year.  I created a loop of two canyons which would include a visit to the summit.  The loop turned out really well.  The two canyons were very colorful, had lots of formations, and had areas of narrows.  Here are a few teaser images in advance of the report on this area.

Lowell heading up the narrow and colorful first canyon.
Steve and Lowell on the summit of Head BM with Owl Lake in the background.
A great view from the summit of Head BM showing Sugarloaf Peak (left middle), Porter Peak (left upper), Sentinel Peak (to the right of Porter), Telescope Peak, and Bennett Peak (right upper).
Dropping into the colorful canyon we would use to loop back.
The rock layers and formations were fantastic in both canyons.

DV Oct 2019 Day 2: Spring BM to Mill BM

For our second hike, we drove out to the Owlshead Mountains to visit two major summits.  We drove as close as we could to the Black Magic Mine, parked, and began hiking toward Spring BM.  From that summit, we traversed across the top of the range all the way to Mill BM.  Along the way, we had incredible views of Owl Lake, Owlhead BM,Con BM, and the backside crossover between Through Canyon and Granite Canyon.  It was an incredible enjoyable hike.

Standing on Spring BM and looking toward our goal of Mill BM far away.
Lowell posing by a crashed dart we found.
Getting my picture with Owl Lake in the background.
Incredible view of the northern tip of Owl Lake with Owlhead BM in the background.
We called the minor summit bump 921T seen here “The Castle”.

DV Oct 2019 Day 1: Upper Scotty’s Canyon

My brother Lowell and I recently returned from doing 3 days of hiking in Death Valley from Oct 18-21.  Our first hike was into Upper Scotty’s Canyon.  We started the day by renting a Jeep and driving up into Gold Valley for the first time ever.  Then, we climbed up to the saddle above Upper Scotty’s Canyon and went down the other side.  This hike was quite challenging with 3 major bypasses and is not recommended for the general public.  2 of the 3 people who did this hike sustained injuries during the hike.  But we made it to Timpapah Spring.  We also spotted 3 Bighorn sheep and pictures of those will be added to our Wildlife Page later.  Here are a few teaser images in advance of the hiking report to be released later.

Looking into Upper Scotty’s from the saddle (or canyon head).
Posing by a coyote gourd (or melon). We found lots of these in the canyon.
Lowell standing above the very challenging 3rd major bypass.
Arriving at Timpapah Spring, a place seen by very few people.
We saw 3 Bighorn sheep on the hike (a ram, an ewe, and a lamb).