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Golden Canyon Interpretive Trail
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2012-09-18  
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Golden Canyon Interpretive TrailDeath Valley, CA
Death Valley, CA
Hiking2.90 Miles 670 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.35 mph
670 ft AEG      1 Min Break2 LBS Pack
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When we stopped here we thought the canyon was within a few hundred feet of the road so when we set off we took our cameras but no water. Only after we had gone a mile or so under a 112-degree sun did we realize our mistake. But seeing the tip of a colorful peak just in view I wanted to go 'just around the corner' to see the view, only to find another corner, and another, until finally Tracey said enough! and sat down in one of the few shady spots to wait for me to end my endless quest.

So I set off at a jog to cover as much distance as I could so I wouldn't keep Tracey waiting too long. But with these seemingly endless corners it wasn't long and I'd gone another mile. But now closing in on the Red Cathedral I wasn't about to quit. Then I met a hiker who I had seen working his way back down from a steep but rounded hill and mentioned the view was great so it wasn't enough to jog a mile, now I'm climbing in the unrelenting sun... oh yeah, that's because it was around 1 pm in the afternoon.

Well I climbed the hill to the top, too some photos then had the job of climbing back down... always seems to be much easier climbing up steep spots than climbing down. Probably has something to do with the sticking knee. Once back down I walked was about to head back toward Tracey when she strolls up. I told her I wanted to see what was on the sign a few hundred feet away and we could turn back. When we got there it said Red Cathedral was only .25 mile away so we continued just that much farther.

Ok, it's brutally hot (according to Tracey anyway) and we've already been out here 45 minutes with no water so it was well past time to return, and 25 minutes later we made it back to the car. Tracey didn't have quite the beet red look as almost everyone else we met or passed (surprisingly at least 30 people) but she wasn't about to stay in the heat any longer. As for me, all my hot weather hikes this summer must have paid off because it seemed just like another hike to me.

And if I had know it earlier, I would have had Tracey drop me off at the Golden Canyon trail head and drive around to Zabriske Point and pick me up there. It would have been a shorter hike and I would have caught all the sights. Oh well, we had many miles left to go so it was time to hit the road again.
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