It was one of those mornings where you wake up, poke your head out of the tent, and are stunned by the landscape because you set up camp in the dark. Michael and I drove our rental Subaru from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park. After catching the most spectacular sunset at Mesquite Flat Dunes, we drove towards the trailhead for the backpacking trip- Chris Wicht Camp Trailhead. We stopped on the side of the road before it got too steep- we were going to wait until daylight to take the rental car over the steep, rocky, pot-hole-filled road. We had camped in the desert right below a mountain range that glowed red in the morning sun. We stuffed our gear in our packs and drove to the trailhead to find a few other cars and some interesting ruins from an abandoned mining camp.
It was cloudy, windy, and cold when we started up the 6-mile ascent to the Panamint City ruins in Surprise Canyon Wilderness. The trail was a very unique one. The most beautiful feature was the bright, mossy green waterfall flowing over the white granite rock. The trail was a steady climb of...
I'll start out by saying that we had originally planned to backpack from Fox Creek to Damascus (40 miles) . Here's the story about how it got cut short to 17 miles.
We drove down to Abington and stayed at a hotel off of i-80. The next morning, bright and early, we drove to Damascus and met our shuttle driver. He drove us 45 minutes to the Fox Creek trail head. He stopped on the way to show us some rocks on the side of the road. Apparently they were like super old rocks. I took one home as a souvenir.
We started hiking in a beautiful rhododendron forest and it wasn't long before we came upon our first trail magic. Leap Frog Cafe, run by this guy named Fresh Ground. He was the nicest guy and had an interesting life story. So his spring and part of summer is taken up hanging out on the AT making food...
Hi I'm Vicky.
I'm currently a weekend-warrior (pharmacy technician) in the lovely midwest city of Cincinnati. I've been an avid hiker and backpacker for about 6 years. Red River Gorge, Kentucky is my home, but California is my favorite state to travel to. I definitely have the wanderlust bug. My favorite trail is the Sheltowee Trace and I love to volunteer with it's Association.