Re: Fish&Isham Canyons
Posted by Fish and Isham Canyon Enthusiast on January 24, 2004 at 20:58:52:
In Reply to: Fish&Isham Canyons posted by T-Man on January 24, 2004 at 20:17:58:
North of the Trona, CA airport road, past the turnoff to valley wells recreational area / trona golf course, there is a graded road leading east towards a gravel pit. There is a sign at the turnoff identifying the sand and gravel pit. Approximately 1 mile from the highway, the road intersects another from the southwest coming from valley wells. Just past the intersection the road winds past gravel piles and passes a sand wash road leading generally east/northeast through narrows. If you follow the wash a few miles across the flats, it enters Isham Canyon. The road ends abruptly about 1/4 mile into the canyon at a steep fall. Some hardcore 4wheelers have gone further, usually with a winch. Back on the gravel pit road, if you continue east past the wash to Isham Canyon, then veer left just before the gravel pit, you will be on the road that goes over Manly Pass. Make a hard left about 1/2 mile into the canyon onto the road going over the pass. If you continue straight, the road ends in about a mile at a mine site. On the east side of Manly Pass, you drop into the wash coming out of Fish Canyon. Go back west into Fish Canyon, which is hardpacked but littered with rocks and boulders. The road ends at the Silent Sepulcre, where there is a metal plaque attesting to the Manly/Rogers escape route in 1849. Immediately past Manly Pass there is a volcanic boulder strewn road that leads to Fish Canyon above the Silent Sepulcre, but is is very slow going. Manly and Rogers crossed the Slate Range through Fish Canyon on the east side and down Isham Canyon on the west.