Re: panamint fans
Posted by crescent on October 30, 2003 at 09:14:24:
In Reply to: panamint fans posted by up there on October 29, 2003 at 14:57:19:
I've been up Starvation Canyon -- we parked on the Johnson Cyn road and went north through the big pink granite outcrop (that lies between Johnson and starvation, upper edge of the bajada), then dropped down into starvation.
Hard work, probably the hardest backpack trip I've ever done. There is a spring in the pink granite, another one in the second side canyon off starvation (the second spring is dry, but supports a big patch of fig trees). 2/3 of the way up starvation there is another spring, with only a little muddy water on a flat shelf. Finally, at the upper end there are at least five large springs with willows.
Going through the pink granite at the beginning slowed us down and was hard going, but it was pretty. The rest of the hike was nice enough, but not specactular. We only explored two of the upper springs in the northern fork of the canyon, but didn't have time to check out the middle or south forks, both of which have springs as well.
Hardly anyone seems to go there -- we saw only one set of footprints, those could have been as much as a year old. Other than my group, I only know one or two other people who have ever been up there.
The hard part was staying in the main water channel -- while going uphill we kept taking the wrong little washlets and ending up in boulders, then boulder hopping with big packs to get back to the main wash again. Going down was much much easier.
I've never been up Death Valley cyn -- sorry. I only know one person who has.