Eastern Mojave Vegetation Death Valley Road  
 

Tom Schweich  

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  Death Valley Road connects the Owens Valley with the northern portion of Death Valley, by way of the Inyo Mountains, Eureka Valley, and the Last Chance Range. The road is paved for about half of its length, but the northern Death Valley portion is often washed out in the vicinity of Sand Spring.

Other Articles: Field Notes: 20001006080 California Highway 168: at Death Valley Road

Locations: Big Pine. Owens Valley.  

Junction:
  • California Highway 168

This intersection is three miles west of Big Pine in the Owens Valley. California Highway 168 goes east to Deep Springs Valley, and Fish Lake Valley.

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So, is the road closed? Or Not?

 

Locations: Devils Gate.  

Devils Gate

Folded layers of shale form a canyon through which the road runs.

Other Articles: Field Notes: 20001006090 Full Size Image Looking into Owens Valley from Death Valley Road  

 

Other Articles: Papoose Flat Road: at Death Vy Rd  

Junction: Forest Road 9S15, "Papoose Flat Road" or "Hines Road"

Other Articles: Field Notes: 20001006090 Waucoba Saline Road: 10000  

Junction: Waucoba Saline Road, south through the Saline Valley to California Highway 190.

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Waucoba Saline Road

Other Articles: Field Notes: 20001006100

Locations: Little Cow Horn Valley.  

Little Cow Horn Valley

Small closed basin.

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Little Cow Horn Valley

Other Articles: Field Notes: 23-Apr-08 Full Size Image View west of Little Cow Horn Valley  

Other Articles: Field Notes: 20001006110

Locations: Joshua Flats.  

Joshua Flats

Valley in the Inyo Mountains, through which Death Valley Road passes.

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Joshua trees in Joshua Flats, Inyo County, California.
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Joshua trees in Joshua Flats, Inyo County, California

    Road makes a jog east-west down a small side canyon.
    Road crosses a drainage, down and away from the road to the north.
    Quarry on the left (west).

Literature Cited:
- Peter I. Nabelek and Sven S. Morgan, 2012.    

More roads into a little cove on the left. For the next 1.5 miles is the contact zone of the Eureka Valley - Joshua Flats - Beer Creek pluton with the paleozoic rocks of the Lead Gulch and the Bonanza King Formations.

Most literature seems to use "Joshua Flat" in the pluton name. However, the flat just above this location is called "Joshua Flats" with an "s." The location in Inyo County known as "Joshua Flat" without an "s" is about 65 miles to the south, in the northern part of the Coso Range. I don't know who first used the "Joshua Flat" name, or when the "s" got lost from the "Flats." I suppose that could be a research topic in itself.

    Relatively good, new road angles to the left into a mining area over the ridge.

Literature Cited:
- DeDecker, Mary, 1984.

Other Articles: Field Notes: Eureka Valley, October 6, 2000

Locations: Eureka Valley. Last Chance Range.  

Death Valley Road rounds a point of rocks from which a good view of the Eureka Dunes and the Last Chance Range may be had.

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Eureka Valley with the sand dunes at the south end.
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View of Last Chance Range across the Eureka Valley

Other Articles: Field Notes: Eureka Valley, October 6, 2000

Locations: Eureka Valley.  

Junction: Eureka Valley Road, goes north through Cucomongo Canyon.

Other Articles: South Eureka Road: Junction:  

Junction: South Eureka Road, south 10 miles to the Eureka Sand Dunes.

Other Articles: Field Notes: 20001007070 20001007130

Locations: Hanging Rock Canyon.  

Hanging Rock Canyon

 

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Hanging Rock Canyon

Other Articles: Field Notes: 23-Apr-08 Full Size Image General view of Crater  

Literature Cited:
- Tabor, Lawrence L/, 1936.

Other Articles: Field Notes: Last Chance Range, October 7, 2000 Frasera albomarginata: 16150030

Locations: Crater. Last Chance Mountain.  

Crater

Former mining camp.

From Crater, there is a fairly good road that runs north and then through a canyon, giving good access to the south end of Last Chance Mountain.

I have collected Frasera albomarginata on the southern portion of Last Chance Mountain.

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Crater, former mining town.

Other Articles: Field Notes: 23-Apr-08 Full Size Image Death Valley Road traverses the Last Chance Range  

Other Articles: Field Notes: 20001007080

Locations: Last Chance Valley.  

View of Last Chance Valley

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Valley on east side of Last Chance Range.

Other Articles: Field Notes: 23-Apr-08 Full Size Image Northern end of Death Valley.  

Other Articles: Field Notes: 23-Apr-08 Full Size Image Death Valley Road climbs the Last Chance Range  

Other Articles: Field Notes: 23-Apr-08

Locations: Crankshaft Crossing. Last Chance Canyon. Last Chance Spring.  

Crankshaft Junction

Road to Last Chance Spring and Last Chance Canyon.

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Crankshaft Crossing

Other Articles: Field Notes: 23-Apr-08 Full Size Image General view south into Death Valley.  

Literature Cited:
- Fish and Wildlife Service, 1998.

Other Articles: Field Notes: 23-Apr-08

Locations: Sand Spring.  

Sand Spring

Astragalus lentiginosus Douglas var. sesquimetralis (Rydb.) Barneby, the Sodaville milk-vetch, was previously listed at Threatened by the US Fish and Wildlife service in 1992. The taxon occurs at (Big) Sand Spring, Inyo County, California, Sodaville, Mineral County, Nevada, and Cold Springs, Nye County, Nevada. Following incorporation of the Sand Spring site into Death Valley National Park and action to protect the population from wild burros, the Fish and Wildlife Service withdrew the proposed rule to list the taxon as Threatened (Fish and Wildlife Service, 1998).

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General view of Sand Spring

Literature Cited:
- Wrucke, C.T. ; Werschky, R.S. ; Raines, G.L. ; Blakely, R.I. ; Hoover, D.B. ; Miller, M.S., 1984.

Other Articles: Field Notes: 23-Apr-08 23-Apr-08

Locations: Little Sand Spring.  

Little Sand Spring

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General view of Little Sand Spring
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Vegetation in Little Sand Spring

Other Articles: Field Notes: 23-Apr-08  

Other Articles: Field Notes: 23-Apr-08 Full Size Image Foothills of the Grapevine Mountains along Death Valley Road  

Other Articles: Racetrack Valley Road: at Death Valley Rd  

Junction:

  • Racetrack Valley Road.
  • South to Scotty's Castle and Death Valley.
   

Literature Cited

  A list of all literature cited by this web site can be found in the Bibliography.
 
DeDecker, Mary. 1984. Flora of the northern Mojave Desert, California. Berkeley, CA: Califonia Native Plant Society.. {TAS}

Location records referred to by this literature:

 
Fish and Wildlife Service. 1998. Withdrawal of Proposed Rule to List the Plants Astragalus lentiginosus var. micans (shining milk-vetch) and Astragalus lentiginosus var. sesquimetralis (Sodaville milk-vetch) as Threatened. Federal Register. 63(193):53631-63635. ...

Location records referred to by this literature:

 
Peter I. Nabelek and Sven S. Morgan. 2012. Metamorphism and fl uid fl ow in the contact aureole of the Eureka Valley–Joshua Flat–Beer Creek pluton, California. GSA Bulletin. 124(1/2):228-239. {TAS-pdf}

Location records referred to by this literature:

 
Tabor, Lawrence L/. 1936. Geology of the Crater Sulphur deposits, Inyo County, California. Unpublished Master's thesis.

Location records referred to by this literature:

  • Crater, Inyo County, California.
 
Wrucke, C.T. ; Werschky, R.S. ; Raines, G.L. ; Blakely, R.I. ; Hoover, D.B. ; Miller, M.S. 1984. Mineral resources and mineral resource potential of the Little Sand Spring Wilderness Study Area, Inyo County, California. USGS-OFR-84-557. Reston, VA: Geological Survey, 1984 Jan 01.

Location records referred to by this literature:

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Date and time this article was prepared: 4/6/2014 9:02:55 AM