Spring Time in Saline Valley, April 2010
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I spent five days camping in the Saline Valley in April 2010. Lows were in the 40s, the highs were in the eighties. The sky was mostly cloudless. The wind was fairly calm until the last two nights.

Tuesday

I arrived a day after the other campers and drove into the valley solo. It is 45 miles from the paved road to the camp.

Lee Flat

The route into the Saline Valley from the south crosses Lee Flat at an elevation of one mile. Lee Flat has a dense Joshua Tree forest.

Lee Flat A recent storm had dropped fresh snow on the Inyo Mountains.

Lee Flat

Lee Flat

Lee Flat

Lee Flat

Lee Flat

Lee Flat

Lee Flat

Lee Flat

Panoramic view of Lee Flat Panoramic view of Lee Flat

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Panamint Valley

South Pass The road leads into the Saline Valley through the South Pass at an elevation of 6,000 feet.

Panamint Valley Panamint Valley was hazy with wind blown dust from the recent storm.

Panoramic view of Panamint Valley Panoramic view of Panamint Valley.

South Pass

Panamint Valley

Panamint Valley

South Pass The South Pass provides the first glimpse into the Saline Valley.

Grapevine Canyon

South Pass The road descends through Grapevine Canyon. The slopes on the left side of the road have Juniper Trees, while conditions on the slopes on the right side of the road favor Joshua Trees.

Grapevine Canyon

360-degree panorama of the South Pass into the Saline Valley 360-degree panorama of the South Pass into the Saline Valley.

Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon The joshua Trees in Grapevine Canyon grow in dense clusters rather than widely separated as they do on Lee Flat.

Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon Winter storms have dropped some large rocks onto the road.

Grapevine Canyon There are a few shallow stream crossings along the way.

Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon

360-degree panorama of Grapevine Canyon 360-degree panorama of Grapevine Canyon.

Grapevine Drainage Grapevine Canyon empties into this basin at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Note the size of the boulders that have been washed downstream.

Grapevine Drainage

Grapevine Drainage

Grapevine Drainage

Grapevine Drainage

360-degree panorama 360-degree panorama.

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Saline Valley Overlook

Saline Valley Overlook

Saline Valley Overlook

Saline Valley Overlook In the distance, snowy White Mountain is 14,252 feet tall, only slightly lower than Mount Whitney.

Saline Valley Overlook

Saline Valley Overlook

Saline Valley Overlook

Saline Valley Overlook Waucoba Mountain on the right is 11,123 feet tall. The salt flats of Saline Lake are at an elevation of 1,050 feet. The lowest pass out of the valley is at an altitude of about 5,000 feet. At nearly 4,000 feet deep, the Saline Valley is one of the deepest holes on the continent.

Panoramic view from the Saline Valley overlook Panoramic view from the Saline Valley overlook.

Burro A Burro greeted me as I descended into the valley.

Burro Several years ago the Park Service eradicated Burros from the area, but they have returned in sizable numbers.

Burro

Burro

Saline Valley Overlook

Saline Valley Overlook

Saline Valley Overlook

360-degree panorama of the Saline Valley 360-degree panorama of the Saline Valley.

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Boeing F/A-18 Hornet A Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, probably from Naval Air Station Lemoore, buzzed me as I continued my descent.

Lippincott Road The Lippincott Road leads up to Racetrack Playa.

Lippincott Road The Lippincott Road is marked by a large pile of rocks.

Saline Valley Overlook

Saline Valley Floor

Saline Lake was a major producer of salt in the early 1900s. The tallest and steepest cable tramway in the country carried salt over the Inyo Mountains to the small town of Swansea, where it was loaded on steamboats to be carried across Owens Lake to the rail head at Cartago.

Salt Tram Pylons Some of the pylons from the old salt tram can still be seen.

Salt Tram Pylons

Boeing F/A-18 Hornet A Hornet cruised up the valley at low altitude.

Boeing F/A-18 Hornet

Boeing F/A-18 Hornet

Steele Pass Steele Pass leads to Eureka Valley and the Eureka sand dunes.

Steele Pass The light area on the far side of the lakebed is clay deposits that were brought to the surface by springs.

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 cruised high over the valley.

Saline Lake Only the most salt tolerant plants can grow in the soil around the lakebed.

360-degree panorama of the Saline Valley 360-degree panorama of the Saline Valley.

Bat Pole The Bat Pole marks the way to the camps at Warm Springs and Palm Spring.

Bat Pole


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