Red Wall Canyon

Red Wall Canyon is just a few canyons north of Titus Canyon. It is known for its fine narrows that wind through beautiful red walls. You can hike more than ten miles up it while gaining over 7,000 ft., but we set off with a late start so we only hiked the first three miles. Just like all the other canyons in Death Valley, it was a beautiful hike with unique characteristics.

It is a forty-five minute walk up the alluvial fan to the mouth of the canyon.

We saw lots of small flowers on our way up the alluvial fan. We didn't take pictures of all of them because we have seen them in the past. We did get a couple of new toys for our cameras a few weeks ago---extension tubes---so we stopped and played with those on a few flowers.

Scented Forget-Me-Not

Lesser Mohavea

Nearing the mouth of the canyon.

Desert Tobacco

Beautiful red walls indeed!

This is the first of three falls that we were going to encounter in the first three miles. This one was by far the most challenging. It is a twenty-five foot fall that is climbed in three stages. Our hiking book says most people find it difficult, but it doesn't say it's impassable. It would have been impassable for us if someone had not left a rope there.

After Andrew climbed up, we hauled our backpacks up with the rope, then I followed next.

After that we decided we had earned some lunch. So we laid back, ate and rested.
And looked at the cool rocks. The layers are amazing.

Continuing on...

Nice narrows!

We found some very cool crystal pockets in the rock wall. This pocket was one of many that was the size of my fist.

Back to the narrows.

Another smaller crystal pocket (that we couldn't get a very good picture of).

The rock layering and bending in the walls was incredible here.

Then the canyon opened up.

Then narrowed down again.

This was the third fall. I didn't take pictures of the second one. We didn't go much further past this one.