By Denis & Sandi Inman
From our 6:50 AM Driver’s Meeting at the Horizon Market at Bell Vista and Leslie, we traveled West on Bell Vista to Death Valley Junction. After a short jog North on the 127, the octet of Jeeps turned West on the 190 and followed it to the Entry Fee Station. Continuing West, our group of explorers aired down at Zabriskie Point.
The beginning of the Echo Canyon Trail is only about 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot and soon we were on dirt, headed towards Inyo Mine. The participants, besides myself, were Jim, Mike & Patty, Dave & Judy, Brian, Jeremy, Bob and Gary & Sherry served as our Tail Gunners. There were 7 Jeep Wranglers and a brand new, never been on the trail Jeep Gladiator. After a quick tour of the attraction, we moved on.
Just before we reached the Waterfall, there was a bang and the ABS light came on soon afterwards. I decided we would have lunch at the base of the aforementioned trail feature so my broken rear sway-bar linkage could be removed and the ABS sensor plugged back in. Fortunately, nobody took a picture of me doing my Wicked Witch of the East impression.
Everyone made it up without any issues and as you’ll see, there is ample evidence to prove it. That item checked off our agenda, our troupe continued along the trail, stopping to view a dehydrated waterfall and a miner’s cabin between tenants. We aired back up in Amargosa Valley and returned to Pahrump from there. All in all, I think it was a pretty good run and we didn’t even miss watching the NASCAR race, as it was rained out.