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Death Valley: Slate Range Trail, Goler Wash, Mengel Pass, Butte Valley

April 16 - 17, 2005

The Slate Range Trail runs from just north of Trona east over the Slate Range and around the south end of the Panamint Valley to just about the mouth of Goler Canyon. It allows one to bypass Ballarat and the Wingate Road and see some great views of the Panamint Valley. Having been to Ballart before we took this route and then headed up Goler wash, visited the Newman Cabin and Barker Ranch. We then went up and over Mengel Pass to Butte Valley spending a night at the Geologist Cabin and heading down to Warm Springs and then down to the West Side Road and Death Valley. A great fun trip!

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Truck ready to go!
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Flowers!
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Desert.
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Panamint Valley below.
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More desert.
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Truck looking at the 
valley.
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Colors in the rocks.
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The road goes on.
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Truck waiting.
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The Escape Trail. Read
William Lewis
Manly's Death Valley
in 49!
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Panamint Valley, once
a Pleistocene Lake.
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More of the valley floor . . .
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More valley floor . . .
The yellow
stuff is a parasitic
plant called dodder!
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Close up of dodder, it
takes over a bush.
Odd stuff.
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The Panamint Mountains

are next on our
adventure.
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Rocks!
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Checking out the valley.
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Truck waits again!
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Insects that catch 
caterpillars and drag
them into holes to eat.
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Truck still waiting
patiently.
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Water running out of 
Goler Wash.
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Going up the canyon to 
go over the Panamints
.
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. . . up the canyon's small
falls. not a hard trail
really but wonderful
to see!
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The canyon.
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Colorful rocks.
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The trail goes on.
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Mining ruins, the aerial
tram.
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Truck in the canyon.
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Great views!
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Great truck!
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Same tram . . .
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Newman Cabin.
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Stove in the cabin.
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Looking out the door
of the cabin.
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Another shot of the
Newman Cabin.
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Old truck!
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Keystone Mine Cabin.
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Inside the Cabin
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A note so you know
where you are!
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The outdoor bathroom
and shower.
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Wonderful views!
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More views.
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Rocks and flowers.
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Flowers.
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Hills, rocks and flowers.
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The gate at Barker
Ranch.
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Look we are on time for the
garage sale!
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You can see why a
ranch was built here.
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The main ranch house.
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The kitchen.
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The bath . ..  yuck.
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"The Library"
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The fireplace.
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The bedroom.
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The dining area.
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A no longer comfy couch.
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The porch.
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A door.
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Looking down the cabin,
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More porch.
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Some of it is falling apart.
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Flowers.
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A bed in one of the 
other buildings.
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Another cabin.
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The swimming pool.
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Flowers in the distance.
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Another view of the 
smaller cabin.
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Another view of the 
main ranch house.
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Another view of Barker.
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A flower grows in 
the spring.
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More views!
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Last look at Barker.
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Flower!
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Mojave Asters.
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Yet more views . . .
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Different color rocks
going up to Mengel Pass.
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Truck!
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Colorful rocks.
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Flowers . . .
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Views . . .
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Views again!
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Flowers
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Desert Paintbrush?
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The desert is wonderful!
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More flowers.
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Truck on the trial . . .
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Truck on the trail . . .
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Little white flowers.
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Carl Mengel's grave.
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The trail to Butte
Valley.
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A rock that looks 
like a boat!
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Still getin' dirty.
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Striped Butte!
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Home fore the night,
the Geologist Cabin.
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Inside the cabin.
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A view!
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Another view!
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Outside . . .
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Inside looking outside.
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Deluxe accommodations
 with a view!
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Another picture of the
cabin, the truck and 
Striped Butte.
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The stuff in the truck!
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Striped Butte again.
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Butte Valley.
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Nice cabin decoration!
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Trust Me!
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A view from the deluxe
accommodations!
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The face on
Striped Butte.
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Nice place.
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The Spring.
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The tree.
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He must think a lot of her.
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Flowers.
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Views.
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Striped Butte again!
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Our bed for the night.
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Ready to cook.
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The morning!
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Striped Butte . . . 
can't get enough
pictures of it!
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Looking closer 
at Striped Butte . . . 
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Truck in Butte Valley.
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View of Striped Butte from
hills above.
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Mining tram bucket.
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Look at the ruins
from below.
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Big rocks!
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Inside the pile of big rocks,
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More flowers.
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Butte Valley. The light
spot in the middle is
the Geologist Cabin!
Nice and remote!
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Hill and rock!
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Brittlebush
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Rocks and hills.
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Truck going to Warm
Springs.
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Desert Pincushion?
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Desert Dandelion
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Walking amongst
the rocks.
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Truck!
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Flower!
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Warm Spring mining
equipment.
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More of the old
equipment . . .
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More . . .
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Cool brake!
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Talc mine.
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Inside the mine.
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The swimming pool. This
must have been nice
back in the day.
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Inside the one of
the buildings.
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Truck waiting again!
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Down the West Side 
Road in Death Valley
Proper. 
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At the end!
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Death Valley - hot!
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Airing up!
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The end!!!!
 

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