Gower Gulch

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On the next to last day in Death Valley, despite the heavy winds, we took off to hike Gower Gulch. Dale had already done this hike but said it was one I shouldn’t miss. He was right. As we hiked a long, I tried not to take so many photo’s. Everything was so beautiful that it was very difficult not to snap a photo. So here you go.

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We hiked from the Golden Canyon parking lot east for about 1/2 mile to the mouth of Gower Gulch.

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Since we came to this very wide and deep wash we knew we had reached our destination. The trail at the beginning worked its way into the gulch on the very edge of the wash.

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Some of the trail went over rock. It was a challenge at times but that made it a fun hike.

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There were two trails over this dike. Dale chose the easier one but it was still a reach for my short legs!

gg10Once we hit the wash going through the gulch the hiking was easier. And the scenery was incredible.

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Another fault or waterfall?

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Follow the trail – very narrow through the rocks.

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There is a trail on the little brown mountain (which isn’t really little). This trail, we think, is the one that runs from Golden Canyon to Gower Gulch. The trail goes up and over the mountain behind the brown mountain. Very steep and on the edge. Sure glad we didn’t give that a go.

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We hiked up to a mine.

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Here we are coming out of the mouth of the gulch. We only hike about 1.5 miles into the canyon.

gg13We got a treat when we neared the parking lot. A coyote was out there hoping for treats from the cars. One car stopped. We don’t know if they fed him but he circled their vehicle. When they took off, they pulled over about a quarter of a mile away. The coyote ran to where they were. We had gotten in our car and was able to get a closer photo of this beautiful animal.

Good hike and a good way to end our stay in Death Valley. We left early the next morning headed for Las Vegas.

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That’s the Blue Heron up the road out of Death Valley. We can’t wait to return and see all we missed.

Life is good. God has watched over our travels.

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