Panamint Valley, October 5, 2004

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On Tuesday, October 5, my sister and I drove our Toyota 4Runners to the ghost town of Ballarat in the Panamint Valley with the intent of 4-wheeling up Pleasant Canyon to Rogers Pass.

Panamint Valley overlook panorama We passed through Trona and up to a pass in the Slate Range to this Panamint Valley overlook.

Panamint Valley Ballarat is at the base of the Panamint Mountains on the far side of the valley.

Panamint Valley overlook Hunter Mountain can be seen in the far distance from the Panamint Valley overlook.

Panamint Valley The road turns suddenly to the left just after going through the pass.

Panamint Valley wrecks There are at least six wrecked cars in this picture. It appears that they have been there for decades and may pre-date the guard rail. More recent road construction has rolled large boulders down onto the wrecks. Does Inyo County just leave wrecked cars where they fall?

A trio of monuments marks the turn off to the dirt road leading across the dry lake to the ghost town of Ballarat.

Panamint City monument Panamint City monument.

Ballarat monument Ballarat monument.

Ballarat monument Ballarat monument.

Ballarat panorama 360-degree panorama of the ghost town of Ballarat.

Adobe building Adobe building.

Pleasant Canyon Just twenty minutes up the road into Pleasant Canyon, we reached a washout. There is black tire rubber scuffed onto the two boulders below the washout. They are too close together for a 4Runner to get between them. We got out and walked up the road a little way.

Pleasant Canyon A small stream runs along the road in the narrows of the canyon. The stream has carved ruts along and across the road.

Pleasant Canyon A little cascade of water erodes the edge of the road.

Pleasant Canyon The view down Pleasant Canyon reveals the Argus Range on the far side of the Panamint Valley.

Back to Ballarat Driving back down to Ballarat.

Back to Ballarat

Back to Ballarat

Back to Ballarat


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