Friday, November 7, 2014

Early 1990s Desert Adventure: Piute Gorge/Piute Creek/Fort Piute Hike

A day out and about in the Mojave National Preserve. Hiking party: Ed & Dave C, Fred R & Girlfriend
Overlooking Piute Gorge
Our intrepid hikers

Assorted boulders and fake blue sky

As the seagulls said in Finding Nemo,"Mine!"

Photographer taking picture of photographer taking picture

Approaching Piute Creek

What appears to be a trail

Watch out for that tree (branch)

Scratched up rock

At the ruins of Fort Piute

Base camp with a nice view of the Granite Mtns


Desert Parm said...

There is "beauty," and there is "stark beauty," and then there is "stark" . . . .

I'm thinkin' . . .

And, what the heck is that contraption in the last shot, next to the tent? It looks like the rolling yard flattener that Hades would assign to Sisyphus.

Willard "Desert Rat" Biscuit said...

That contraption would be a "tow behind dead weight roller" used for grading dirt roads--and there are a LOT of dirt roads in the Mojave National Preserve. (The dirt road in this case would've led to the nearby Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center).

Trip note: after hiking down into the gorge and bushwacking our way thru the Piute Creek thicket to reach the ruins of the old Army outpost, we were surprised and a bit put out to encounter a Jeep Club that had driven up from the "other side" and parked their vehicles less than 50 yards from the site.