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38 viewsLooking DOWN on Cathedral Rock. Again, the TT is parked on the road at the far left. We walked out to the main road where we encountered Jeff, who we had bumped into earlier in the day traveling the opposite direction. (He did South Loop, Summit, then North Loop and Trail Canyon.) We joined him for a few beers at the Upper Mt. Chas Lodge, then he gave us a ride back to our car. 17 miles total distance, just over 11 hours.
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57 viewsWe zig-zagged down a narrow canyon back towards the Cathedral Rock picnic area.
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33 viewsOn my 2nd pair of socks for the day, and I never had to wear more than this t-shirt! Very comfortable temperatures all day.
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30 viewsBriar claimed the camera for a while.
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39 viewsTop of the South Loop switchbacks. Griffith Peak is a very short distance from here, but we were getting tired so we just started down. We'll be back.
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23 viewsWe continue downhill, getting steeper.
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36 viewsLooking at the bottom of the "foot" of the Mummy. The TT is parked along the farthest road to the left of center.
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23 viewsLooking back at the Meadows and the summit in the distance. Our hike began off camera to the right, and took us along the ridges at the top right of the picture.
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38 viewsAn alpine meadow. And a wife.
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27 viewsEntering "The Meadows", a popular camping area along the South Loop trail.
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22 viewsBack into the trees.
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27 viewsThistle. They were pretty, and large!
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58 viewsWe decend, and begin to re-enter the vegetation zone.
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35 viewsThere are still fantastic views of the Las Vegas valley.
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36 viewsI tried to bring back pieces for everybody. You can see we are still on the main ridge, just to the South of the summit.
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43 viewsAn engine. Use Briars leg as a reference for the size, and you'll see why this is still there.
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71 viewsThis is the 1955 plane crash site, where 14 people were killed in a military accident. Once the classified material was removed from the site, the rest was left for the park service to remove. Due to the remote location, it is a very low-priority task. Hikers have stripped many of the parts for souvenirs, but there is plenty left!
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35 viewsSome of the wiring and aluminum pieces that remain.
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32 viewsAt first it felt good to walk downhill, but eventually it was a bother.
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41 viewsStarting down the "South Loop" trail.
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39 viewsView from the summit to the South-West. Pahrump just out of picture to the right.
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40 viewsWalking along the southern part of the summit ridge.
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41 viewsWe had come approx. 9 miles. This is a great shot of the back of "Mummy Mountain" - you can make out the head and face on the left, then the torso and the toe.
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38 viewsCamera facing North, small locked structure behind me- possibly some sort of radio repeater?
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