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Published: January 28th 2018
The Titus Canyon RoadMonday, 12/25, Christmas.
Looking back from along the trail, you can make out the road as it winds its way up through Titanothere Canyon to Red Pass.
Drove down the very rough, curvy, dirt and gravel Titus Canyon Road to Red Pass and the trailhead for the Thimble Peak hike. The trail was about 2.5 miles long, one way, with an elevation gain of around 1,200 feet. With several significant ups and downs, the net elevation gain was more like a very strenuous 1,800 ft. The summit of Thimble peak is 6,381 ft. above sea level and is the highest point for miles around, thus the views were breathtaking in every direction. Probably the best hike of our trip. After returning to our car, we drove on down the twelve miles of even rougher, curvier road through Titus Canyon. Just to make things interesting, two minutes after starting down the road, a low tire pressure warning popped up on the info screen in the car. So we drove nervously and slowly down the road, watching the tire pressure go down from 22 psi to 18 psi by the time we finally made it to Stovepipe Wells where we would spend the night. Fortunately the general store there had an air compressor so we could re-inflate the tire. Tuesday, 12/26.
Up fairly early and
Thimble Peak Trail
On the way up. Had to stop to take a lot of pictures, not because I was tired, but because there was always a new view try to capture.
checked the tire. It was back down to around 17 psi so, after reinflating it to around 40 psi, drove back to Beatty to have the tire repaired. Fortunately, the problem was a nail that could be repaired, and we did not have to buy a new tire. After that we drove to the Golden Canyon Trailhead. We hiked about 6 miles around the Golden Canyon, Badlands Loop, and Gower Gulch trails going from around sea level to the highest point of around 800 ft. along Badlands Loop. After this hike, we drove on down to Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America at 282 ft. below sea level. We had visited this same spot with our children in the early 90's and at that time, it was deserted, with nothing but a sign indicating the significance of the site. Boy was this time different! Now there is a well developed access walkway leading out into the desert with interpretive signage and about 100 thousand people. We did not tarry. After taking a picture or two, we drove back to our room in Stovepipe Wells.
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