Inyo County Tour, October 9, 2007

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Cerro Gordo Road

On Tuesday, October 9, we drove over Cerro Gordo Pass in the Inyo Mountains, then cruised through Lee Flat on our way to Hunter Mountain.

Cerro Gordo

Cerro Gordo, discovered by Mexicans in 1865 was at $17,000,000 Inyo's wealthiest mineral producer. Silver, lead, zinc, water and supplies all went by mule train and tram, the "Bessie Brady" boat across Owens Lake and Remi Nadeau mule teams to build the pueblo of Los Angeles.

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A tram car is still suspended from a cable high above the canyon.

The tram car has been hanging there for decades.

Tram towers and cables lead the way up to Cerro Gordo. The tram can be seen in operation in the 1957 movie Night Passage with James Stewart.

Cerro Gordo

Mexican Spring Road A.K.A. Cerro Gordo/Swansea Road to the Saline Valley salt tram is the most frightening road that I have ever driven.

The ghost town of Cerro Gordo

The view into the Saline Valley from Cerro Gordo.

Some of the mine workings appear to be resenct.

The Eureka-Saline corridor leads to the Eureka Valley.

Palm Spring in the Saline Valley is hidden behind the ridge in the foreground. The red cinder cone in the center of the picture is within walking distance of the camp.

360-degree panorama of Cerro Gordo Pass at an elevation of 8,200 feet. The ghost town of Cerro Gordo is at left. The Sierra Nevada can be seen on the far side of Owens Valley. The mountain at center is 9,200 feet tall. The Eureka Saline Corridor leads up to Steele Pass on the far side of the Saline Valley. Cerro Gordo Peak at right is 9,100 feet tall.

Little planet view of Cerro Gordo Pass.

This stone structure is connected to another structure farther up the mountain.

360-degree panorama taken from the Holiday Mine at an elevation of 6,700 feet. Cerro Gordo is on the left. Tin Mountain and Dry Mountain are visible on the far side of the Saline Valley. The Nelson Range and Lee Flat are at right. The Panamint Mountains are faintly visible on the horizon.

Little planet view from the Holiday Mine.

White Mountain Talc Road

We drove up the White Mountain Talc Road from the right.

Lee Flat

Lee Flat is the densest Joshua Tree Forest that I know of.

Panamint Valley

360-degree panorama from the south pass into the Saline Valley at an elevation of 5,900 feet. Grapevine Canyon Leads down into the Saline Valley at left. Hunter Mountain is in the middle. Panamint Valley is at right.

Little planet view from the south pass into the Saline Valley.

Hunter Mountain

Death Valley can be seen to the southeast from Hunter Mountain.

Hidden Valley

360-degree panorama from Hunter Mountain at an elevation of 6,500 feet. The peaks of the Inyo Mountains are visible at left. Hidden Valley is in the middle and Death Valley is to the right.

Little planet view from Hunter Mountain.

360-degree panorama from Hunter Mountain at an elevation of 6,500 feet. The Nelson Range and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada are visible at left. The Saline Valley and Inyo Mountains are left of center. The White Mountains are faintly visible beyond Racetrack Playa in the middle. Hidden Valley is to the right of center.

Little planet view from Hunter Mountain.

This climb is steeper than it looks.



Wednesday, October 10

Owens Valley

The plume of dust blowing off Owens Lake illustrates the wind that made me decide to abandon my plans to spend the day in the Saline Valley.



More Inyo County Tour:

Monday, October 8 On Monday, October 8, we toured the Alabama Hills and then drove up to Papoose Flat in the Inyo Mountains.


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