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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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Nivloc, Fish Lake Valley & Boundary Peak

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Isolating at home was getting excruciatingly boring, so we decided to go on a trail ride. It would be a long one and the logistics would necessitate that the little Esmeralda Market in Dyer would have gas when we arrived there, late in the afternoon. I called ahead and they were confident that we would not get stranded in Fish Lake Valley. Riding with Jeremy were Deanna, Vic, and Janice. I drove solo.

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Wallace & Carpenter Canyons

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Since several others were invited, we waited until 0700 to leave Maverick’s and hit the trail. Jeremy, Brian, and I drove East on Winery until we reached Parson’s Road that we drove North to the Wheeler Wash and took the riverbed Northeast to the quarry road. Continuing on the road from the Wulfenstein gravel pit to Wheeler Pass Road, we only followed Wheeler for about 1000′ before dropping down into Wheeler Wash again on the Wheeler Wallace Connector Road.

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Plateau, Hemlock Mine & 559A Spring

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Vic had never been to the spot our club calls the Plateau, neither had his friend Chris, so Jeremy set up a trail run and I was invited. At 0700, we left the Nugget, started up Wheeler Pass Trail then turned off into a dry wash Jeremy found that was both interesting and a little challenging. When we reached the trail to Buck Spring, we continued on up to the Plateau. Normally the view from that spot is breathtaking. Today, due to the pollution, it was not so nice. We could still see the awesome rock formations above us through a light haze of smoke, but it was difficult to make out much below us.

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Tierod Canyon

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Jeremy found an interesting trail online, so he invited several of us to explore it with him. Along with Vic, riding shotgun with Jeremy, there were Don & Linda, Mike & Patti, and me. There are a couple of ways to approach Tierod Canyon trail and we chose the Sloan area to gain access to the top or East end. Meeting at Speed Vegas at 7:00 AM to air down put us into the canyon within about a half hour. Going in that direction gave us the opportunity to find an offroad route back to Pahrump. The first trail we ran into was a powerline road going South, away from Enterprise. After a few miles, there was a track heading West between Gary Allen and Nevada Royale Quarries.

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Mineral Mountains Loop

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Starting at 0900 MDST from the Camperland RV park in Beaver Utah, Paul and I drove North into town on Main Street then West on Highway 21 to Adamsville. From there, we headed North on 300W to Pass Road. After investigating numerous trails that piqued our interest, we found a shady spot at a campground on Upper Ranch Canyon Road for our mid-day meal. On a side trip up Kirk Canyon, we came across a hill full of obsidian that had several mine pits on it.

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