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Old 04-10-2010, 08:38 AM   #17
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Sunday
Darwin Falls

Darwin Falls :
Darwin Falls is a waterfall located on the western edge of Death Valley National Park near the settlement of Panamint Springs, California. Although there exists a similarly named Darwin Falls Wilderness adjacent to the falls, the falls themselves are located in and administered by Death Valley National Park and the National Park Service. There are several falls, but they are mainly divided into the upper and lower with a small grotto in between. At a combined 80 feet (24 m), it is the highest waterfall in the park. The canyon is walled by dramatic plutonic rock.
Darwin Creek is one of the four perennial streams in three million acre (12,000 km▓) Death Valley National Park. Darwin Falls and Creek are fed by the Darwin Wash, which is in turn fed by the volcanic tableland of the Darwin Bench between the Inyo Mountains and the Argus Range. The small, narrow valley where the creek and falls are located features a rare collection of riparian greenery in the vast desert and is home to indigenous fauna such as quail. The falls themselves support several small fern gullys.
Darwin Falls, the Darwin Falls Wilderness, the nearby town of Darwin, California and all other areas named "Darwin" in the vicinity are named after Dr. Darwin French (1822-1902), a local rancher, miner and explorer.
Darwin Falls is accessible to the public. The falls are located in a small,narrow valley near Panamint Valley. Access to the trail to Darwin Falls is a dirt road located on the south side of State Route 190, approximately ╝ mile (400 m) west of Panamint Springs. The lower falls (themselves approximately 20 feet (6 m)) are accessible with a short hike through Darwin Canyon that become moderately difficult towards the end. While this access point is usually accessible with a 2WD vehicle, there is an option to drive further with a 4WD vehicle to a spot further along the path around the canyon. The upper falls are viewable with moderate climbing.

Sunday was the last day here for us and Darwin Falls was on my list of things to see before we left
But first we had to pack up all of our stuff before 10:00 a.m.

Nicole said she wanted to go too, so we threw her stuff in the back of the Suburban for safe keeping and headed out.

We knew we were going to do some hiking so we went AATGATT Almost All The Gear All The Time
7.2 miles round trip
+ a 1-1/2 ? mile hike

Leaving Panamint Springs Campground on the way to Darwin Falls (photo by Memnok)

Start of the hike ( photo by Nicomama )


Hiking to Darwin Falls ( photo by Nicomama )

Darwin Falls ( photo by Nicomama )


Different view with my cheap ass camera

Darwin falls hiking club (photo by innocent bystander) that was sweet talked by Nicole into taking this picture with Nicoles Camera


Justin and Nicole absorbing the beautiful scenery (we even saw a Duck in the pond no pics though )


The End!
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