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Bureau of Land Management holding forums on Piute-Eldorado Valley Area of Critical Environmental Concern

Virtual forums are June 22 and June 24

From the Bureau of Land Management Las Vegas Office

Recognizing the need to balance critical habitat for the threatened desert tortoise with high-quality visitor experience, the Bureau of Land Management Las Vegas Field Office will hold two virtual information forums to involve the public in the early stages of a Draft Management Plan for the Piute-Eldorado Valley Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).

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Logandale Trails

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Rick was able to get a couple days off during the week, so we scheduled an all-day trail run for Thursday. Rick & Mary’s son Ricky was in town for a visit, and he came along. Sandi and I were already in town, having made the trip to Moapa Valley on Wednesday. After our 8:00 AM meeting, we headed to the northernmost trail head and aired down. I had a labyrinth of a plan that would enable us to experience most of the main trails without back tracking, but I got lost at the most southeast corner of the trail system causing us to miss several of the segments.

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Trip to Logandale

By Denis & Sandi Inman

On Thursday, Sandi and I have a trail run on the Logandale trail System in Moapa Valley. For those who don’t mind big city traffic, it is only a 2 hour drive from Pahrump, through Las Vegas, to Logandale. We took the alternative route that goes through Shoshone, Baker, Kelso, and Nipton in California. From there, we drove to Searchlight, Cottonwood Cove Marina, back to Searchlight, up the 95 to Highway 165, East to Nelson and then on to the Colorado River.

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Last Chance Range

By Denis & Sandi Inman

We had a pretty good turnout of Jeeps despite the short notice for the run. Jeremy was riding with Brian, Jim was with us, and Mike & Patti were our tail gunner. From the 7:00 AM meeting at the Horizon Market, we drove North to Last Chance Canyon and began our tour of the valley surrounded by the Last Chance Range.

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Nopah Range

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Due to a conglomeration of technical and logistical complexities (writing the wrong starting time on my calendar) I missed last Wednesdays scheduled trail run. On Monday however, I only had to complete our weekly trip to the market, that doesn’t open until 6:00 AM, get our purchases home, switch from the grocery getter Patriot to the Wrangler and make it to Terrible’s Lakeside before 7:00. Mission accomplished. Is it possible that I only have a mild case of Alzheimer’s?

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Crystal Spring & Wood Canyon Hangover Run

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Andy and Ann had some family over and they wanted to go for a short, easy trail ride. I suggested Crystal Spring & Wood Canyon and they didn’t even have to coerce me to lead the way. Matt, AJ and Becca were staying with Andy and Ann, so we met there at 8:00 AM. After some coffee and chit-chat, we headed up Highway 160 towards Johnnie, turned East at Road 928500 (the road needs a better name), then took the Crystal Spring Road fork.

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Echo Canyon/Big Dune

By Denis & Sandi Inman

We were to meet at Zabriskie Point to air down at 8:00 AM and everyone was prompt, except me. On Wednesday morning, to save a little time, I decided to use my shop compressor over my trail unit to air up from our snow day on Monday. That resulted in quite a struggle with my frozen supply hose. While I eventually won the battle, it took longer than I anticipated, so Jim, Jeremy, Vic and Brian were waiting for me when I got there at 7:58.

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Clark Canyon Snow Run

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Hello?
Wha’ da’ ya’ doin’?
Nothin’, wha’ da’ you doin’?
Nothin’. Hey, ya’ wanna’ go up to the Spring Mountains and play in the snow?
Sure!

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Gold Valley and Furnace Creek Wash

By Denis & Sandi Inman

After completing the weekly shopping and putting our groceries away, I swapped vehicles and headed out to Charles Brown Market in Shoshone to meet the others. Everyone was there promptly at 8:00 AM so we could proceed to Dead Man Pass. Once we had crossed the summit and made our way to Furnace Creek Wash Road, we turned North for half a mile then West again on Gold Valley Road.

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Shadow Mountains

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Not having been to the Shadow Mountains for almost a year, it was time to take a quick run out there to investigate the trail conditions. I checked out a number of dead end roads that I had never been on before and even found some trails that just petered out to nothing, but the terrain was such that I could drive cross country to connect to another equally vague route. After several hours of off-roading, I had a flat. The tire went down quickly, but I was able to patch it and air it up. Since the puncture was in the sidewall, I’ll be getting a new tire tomorrow.

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Trail, Hanaupah & Johnson Canyons

By Denis & Sandi Inman

October and November are some of the best months to visit Death Valley National Park. After our trip through some of the trails in the park and on the West side of the Panamint range last week, we decided it would be a good time to check out several of the trails on the East side of the Panamints. With the Sun coming up an hour earlier due to the time change, Jeremy and I met in the Zabriskie Point parking lot at 6 AM to air down.

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Quarry Road to Aguereberry Point

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Tuesday evening, the expedition leader neglected to get a consensus on our departure time so we didn’t leave Ridgecrest until almost 6:30. We don’t know where the winds blew the California Wildfire Smoke, but we enjoyed almost entirely clear blue skies for the last couple of days. For our first trail on Wednesday, we drove up Quarry Road out of Trona to see if we could possibly find the trail across Manley Pass. It was a nice ride with awesome panoramas from the top, but it became clear that the trail we were looking for was in “wilderness” so closed off to motorized vehicles.

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Warm Springs, Butte Valley & Goler Wash

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Now that the temperatures are more moderate, we decided it would be a good time to take a trip through Death Valley. After meeting at Ashford Mill a little before 7:00 on Tuesday morning and airing down, we got off the highway onto West Side Road, heading North until we reached Warm Springs Road where our group turned left. The Adventurers on this leg of the journey were me, Jeremy & Deanna, Vic & Janice, and Brian & Mike rode in the dustiest position.

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Sylvania Mountains Wilderness

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Once again, we were shooting for a 6 AM start, but since Jeremy and Deanna showed up at 5:45, just as I completed topping off my tank, we left a little early. After a quick stop in Beatty, we had a 20-minute wait at the road construction site on highway 95. When we reached Cat Road, North of Scotty’s Castle Road, we aired down and headed West in the direction of Tokop. Once we had thoroughly investigated the various towers, the group headed West to Oriental Wash.

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