Titus Canyon, Death Valley

November 2003

[All photos by Jim Wolff unless otherwise noted.]

Short trip report

We drove up from LA on Friday to Beatty Nevada. Early Saturday morning we drove five miles to the dirt road that leads to Titus Canyon. This was the second time I have done this run and I was looking forward to doing it again with some new friends from the Mountain Goats, a local LA running club.

The weather was cool and there were clouds in the sky but rain was not forecast. The first 11 miles of the run are all uphill through desert. Eventually you reach a 5,000 foot pass in the Grapevine Mountains. For the next mile or so you drop down into a small canyon and then climb back up a steep hill to mile 13 where you are rewarded with a wonderful view down into Titus Canyon. From here it is all downhill to the finish in Death Valley northeast of Stovepipe Wells.

The last several miles of the canyon take you through narrow twisting rock formations. We knew we were near the end when we saw hikers heading up the canyon. Then around the last turn we saw the distant mountains across Death Valley. You exit the canyon at mile 25 and it is another 2.5 miles down to the highway.

It was a great trip and another wonderful adventure in a unique landscape. On Sunday we drove back across Death Valley and stopped to take a few pictures of the Devil's Cornfield. Later, we stopped in the town of Trona and I couldn't help observing the stark contrast between the natural desert landscapes and the smoking chemical factories.

by Jim Wolff

The intrepid runners assemble at the start of Titus Canyon in Nevada.

From left to right: Elainia, Scott, Christian, Larry (back), Susan, Jim, Dana, and Carol. Photo by Don.

The first several miles lead up to the Grapevine Mountains and into Titus Canyon.

Approaching the 5000 foot summit.

Rock formation near the summit.

Looking into Titus Canyon.

Jim and Dana strike a pose. Photo by Don.

It speaks for itself.

Narrow sections near the end of Titus Canyon.

Devil's Cornfield Death Valley.

Devil's Cornfield.

A road's eye view looking toward Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley.

Trona architecture, contrasts in style.

Trona hydrant.

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