Re: 1st try at checking out the desert
Posted by Greg Campbell on June 25, 2003 at 01:27:44:
In Reply to: 1st try at checking out the desert posted by arthur on June 24, 2003 at 17:55:10:
Panamint Springs is great, but consider camping a few nights in the Panamint mountains (nice and cool at 8000+ ft!) There are three primative (no water last I looked) camp sites along Wildrose canyon. The last two, Thorndike and Mahogany Flat, are at the end of an occasionally gnarly dirt road, and may not be accessable with your car, depending on road conditions and your willingness to put a few scrapes on the bellypan. (I've made the trip to Mahogany several in my old Mazda 323 'white mouse.') The first campground, Wildrose, may have water(?), and is on a paved road.
My summertime-in-the-desert plan is to hide in the mountains during the day and venture to the lower areas in the very early morning (Sunrise at Stovepipe Dunes, etc.) or late evening hours (moonlight hikes are very cool).