04-10-2010, 07:06 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Montclair Ca.
OK lets get back to riding
Road on the way to Titus cyn
Dirt rd to Titus
More Dirt rd to Titus
On the Summit looking east
On the summit looking West (photo by h8chains)
Leadfield's legacy is the road through Titus Canyon. A narrow, twisting canyon that would have been avoided by road builders any other time, but the reports of potential riches were too appealing. A newspaper headline in March, 1926 read, "Tonnage of ore from new California district will be large." The road went in, and over 300 people moved to Leadfield, a post office was built. The residents were ready to get rich -- but that didn't happen. The ore had been salted and the investors defrauded. After six months of futile digging the post office closed and the people vanished. One of the promoters had made off to Singapore to escape the angry investors.
Everyone coming into Leadfield
Everyone coming into Leadfield (photo by H8Chains)
we are almost to
Although the Grapevine Mountains were uplifted relatively recently, most of the rocks that make up the range are over half a billion years old. The gray rocks lining the walls of the western end of Titus Canyon are Cambrian age (570–505 million years old) limestone. These ancient Paleozoic rocks formed at a time when the Death Valley area was submerged beneath tropical seas. By the end of the Precambrian, the continental edge of North America had been planed off by erosion to a gently rounded surface of low relief. The rise and fall of the Cambrian seas periodically shifted the shoreline eastward, flooding the continent, then regressed westward, exposing the limestone layers to erosion. The sediments have since been upturned, upfolded (forming anticlines), downfolded (forming synclines) and folded back onto themselves (forming recumbent folds).
Although some of the limestone exposed in the walls of Titus Canyon originated from thick mats of algae (stromatolites) that thrived in the warm, shallow Death Valley seas, most of the gray limestone shows little structure. Thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) of this limey goo were deposited in the Death Valley region. Similar limestone layers may be seen at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
At one of the bends in the canyon, megabreccia can be seen.
Native Americans carved petroglyphs on some of the rock faces of Titus Canyon, especially at springs and other points of interest.
Several different types of flowers, including the sacred datura, inhabit the area. Bighorn sheep are in residence, particularly in the Klare Spring area of the canyon.
Titus Canyon is located on the east side of Death Valley . It can be entered on foot from the west or by four-wheel-drive vehicle from the east. The drive is several miles long and can take more than an hour at a leisurely pace. The road, one-way from east to west only is closed during the winter months when there is snow in the pass to the canyon.
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This is one of the classic 4WD (or two-foot!) canyon tours of the American West and should be near the top of your must-see list.
Named after Morris Titus, a prospector who disappeared in this area in 1906, Titus Canyon offers fun driving (or hiking), beautiful scenery, and extraordinary geology. From Red Pass, the Titus Canyon Road drops a vertical mile, at times winding through passages hundreds of feet deep but barely wide enough for your vehicle.
Check with Death Valley rangers before driving this route, as it’s often closed due to snow, mud, or flash floods. Do not enter the canyon if thunderstorms threaten.
2nd attempt Over the shoulder shot of Justin (it's a lot harder to do in the dirt at speed!)
Joel (h8chains) Amber (chickfire) Cathy (sopascat) Nicole (nicomama)
Nicole (nicomama) climbing the rocks to get a picture of the Petroglyphs
Joel & a view of the road we came in on
Justin at the Petroglyphs sign
Starting to get to the narrows of Titus cyn (stupid finger)
bad picture of a cool canyon
It's getting better everytime we come around a corner
3rd attempt shooting backwards, Really I meant to make it blurry
Awesome views everywhere you look !
Almost to the end
168.7 miles for the day
Dinner for the night Carne Asada Mmmmmmmmm! Duy (fishyhead) Jimmy (1224r) helping out with the killer food Made by Cathy (sopascat) and her Family with the help of many others
Thanks everyone !!!!
Found these in the morning
Sunday we found a real nice Waterfall
airborndad screwed with this post 04-11-2010 at 04:09 PM